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Correct footwear is extremely important for first walkers. They must be comfortable and supportive to help those precious steps. When Dotty Fish got in contact asking if we wanted to try out their soft leather baby and toddler shoes, I thought it would be great to see what they are like.
We received a gorgeous yellow daisy pair in size 3-4 years for baby girl and a newborn pair in Twinkle Twinkle Mink size 0-6 months for baby dottie when she arrives in a few days.
The soft-soled shoes are expertly crafted, they have a gorgeous feel to them. I love the idea that they just slip on and off they go! There is plenty of room for growth and they look so comfy.
Dotty Fish have been working with The London Podiatry Centre to help try and re-educate parents on the correct type of footwear babies and toddlers should be wearing.
Here is a little bit about their research:
They looked closely at the effects of soft-soled footwear on a child who is learning to walk and taking those crucial first steps.
For many years there has been a perception that a baby’s first shoe should be a structured shoe that will help keep them steady on their feet, but this is a misconception. Dotty Fish and The London Podiatry Centre hope to re-educate parents about the right kind of footwear they should be choosing for their children. In fact, the very best thing for a baby learning to walk and a toddler who is new to walking is to have bare feet but this isn’t always practical.
The next best thing is to have an extremely lightweight flexible shoe with a thin, non-slip sole that protects a baby’s delicate foot and prevents slipping. This is where Dotty Fish have come in and designed these fantastic stylish soft-soled shoes.
Don’t forget, shoes for young babies and children need to be:
- Flexible so feet can move naturally
- Lightweight allowing for natural ankle, knee and hip movement
- Wide around the toes to allow the feet to spread when standing
- Thin soled so children’s toes can grip the floor in the same way as if they were barefoot
- A snug fit so they don’t come off but without restricting movement or growth
- Made from a breathable material as babies’ feet sweat 2-3 times more than adults’ do
There are may designs to choose from on the Dotty Fish website and in many colours. The soft-soled leather shoes are lightweight and flexible and also have a non-slip suede sole. Perfect for toddlers on the move!
As you can see from the photo below baby girl is in love with her Yellow Daisy shoes. In fact she will rarely take them off and wants to go everywhere in them if I left her! After having them on for a few hours I checked her feet and they were not sweaty at all, this was one thing I was concerned about. There was no need though as her feet were still fresh as a daisy!
The Dotty Fish shoes start at newborn size all the way up to 4-5 years. Prices start from £8.99.
Dotty Fish have kindly let me giveaway a pair of their leather soft-soled shoes in the design and size of your choice. All you have to do to enter is fill in the gleam widget below.
*Terms and Conditions – There is one prize of a pair of Dotty Fish soft soled shoes to giveaway. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered. The winner will be selected at random via Gleam from all valid entries and be notified by Twitter and/or email. The winner will have 28 days to respond with a name, UK address and choice of size and design for shipping before a new winner is selected. Open to all UK entrants aged 18 or over only. Facebook and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to Dotty Fish and used only for fulfillment of the prize.
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*We were sent these 2 pairs of Dotty Fish shoes in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions on the shoes are my own.