Have you guys heard? Kylie Jenner’s 3-month-old daughter Stormi is now the proud owner of $1000 Giuseppe Zanotti custom sneakers. There is so much wrong with this, I’ll just dive right in.
Purely in the name of common sense: kids outgrow their shoes faster than you can blink. Spending $1K on kicks is a shocking waste of money.
Personal judgments aside, however, there’s a more important issue to address here:
Babies that aren’t walking yet don’t need shoes; in fact, wearing shoes may actually make them walk a little bit later. Babies’ feet gain the balance, strength and coordination necessary for walking by feeling the floor; shoes act as a barrier between their feet and the ground. In fact, the only reason walking babies need to wear shoes once they have mastered mobility is to protect them from sharp objects, dirt and hot or rough surfaces—when they’re home, I’d still recommend letting babies go shoeless, as long as there aren’t any obvious hazards in their way.
So there you have it—to Kylie Jenner and all the other parents reading this—your pre-walking baby doesn’t need shoes! If you need me to give you reassurance, or if you have any other concerns about your baby or child’s developing foot, come see your Houston podiatrist at Tanglewood Foot Specialists, for the advanced care and gentle touch your little one deserves.