As a podiatrist in Houston, I come across a lot of weird shoes…mostly boots, some odd flip flops, but this new creation is something else entirely.
First started in 2014 but only getting viral attention now, Pee Wee Pumps makes…wait for it…high heels. For your baby.
Let’s unpack that statement and explore how much is wrong with every part of it.
First off, barefoot is best for pre-walking babies—it allows their feet to breathe and develop optimally.
Second of all, high heels are pain-causing contraptions that lead to all kinds of foot damage over time: why give kids a taste for this kind of product before they have any desire of their own to wear stilettos?
While much of the internet agrees with me, Pee Wee Pumps founder Michele Holbrook has some answers for her critics:
The so-called heel collapses as soon as it’s met with pressure, so there’s no danger of a baby standing up and losing balance. Also, the shoes are only made in sizes that fit babies younger than six months, which means most Pee Wee Pumps customers will be months away from walking in heels.
Basically, Holbrook says, the whole thing is just supposed to be cute and funny: "You put too much thought into it and yes it's going to become an issue, but truly in the grand scheme of things, when it all boils down to it, it's just a photo prop."
I hear that, I really do, but still…when you think about women who suffer from bunions, hammertoes, strained Achilles tendons and more, all in the name of staying in high heels, this whole thing just bothers me. A lot. What do you think? Sound off in the comments!