I am one of those people who aren’t keen on shoes for babies; it doesn’t help their development and I don’t really see the need in them seen as they aren’t walking yet and they live in sleepsuits. Babies shoes are always one of those things that you get bought though when people find out that you’re expecting. Let’s not lie, we see those cute little shoes in the shop windows and can’t help ourselves; we buy them and then only use them once! But not Dotty Fish shoes!
Babies feet and their development
So, are shoes really necessary? Or should we strive for more bare foot time? You might be thinking that I’m crazy talking about being bare foot; obviously this is at home and not out and about. In our home I strive for as much bare foot time as possible; I even do it myself. If we are home then why do we need shoes? I know what’s on the floors in my house and garden, so there’s no need for shoes. At the end of every day we always have dirty feet, all of us. Our feet like look we’ve walked through a coal mine. I insist on it, mostly for the sensory aspect but also not to put limitations on their growth. Lets not forget, we don’t know what the kids have stepped in outside of the house, so it’s always shoes off at the door, then it’s bare feet.
At birth, children have cartilage rather than bone in their feet. Bone structure in children’s feet doesn’t fully form till around 16/18 years old, and as a result it makes children’s feet more malleable than adult feet; and because children’s ligaments are very loose, their feet can actually be squeezed into badly fitting shoes without them feeling instant discomfort.
This is where Dotty Fish come in. If you want the positives that being bare foot brings then Dotty Fish have nailed it. Dotty Fish began its journey as ‘ShimmyShoes’, and then evolved into ‘My Twinkle Toes’, before rebranding and finally becoming Dotty Fish.
Dotty Fish has gone from strength to strength, expanding and bringing more lines in at affordable prices for parents. Their passion is making lovely shoes for little feet whilst allowing them to develop naturally.
Dotty Fish teamed up with The London Podiatry Centre and they created a short video about the benefits of soft soled shoes for children, especially in the early years. Soft soled shoes work along the same concept I work with in my own home with my own children. Soft soled shoes give children’s feet the room to grow and move freely; they are able to spread their toes as they walk or stand in order to naturally balance. You can see the video here.
Dotty Fish are always open to new inspiration so they welcome any designs that you think would fit in nicely with their ethos. You never know, your idea could make it onto their next range!
You can find Dotty Fish over on their website to see their current ranges (there’s lots to choose from); and you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with everything Dotty Fish related!
The London Podiatry centre performed analysis on the Dotty Fish slipper footwear; an 18 month old was assessed through pressure mat analysis using the Tekscan F-Scan Mat.
The results consisted as:
Children’s sense of balance improved markedly when wearing the Dotty Fish footwear.
Improvement in symmetry with hip and knee movements when Dotty Fish shoes are used.
When looking at the ankle motion; the symmetry between the left and right didn’t improve but the pattern of movement was much better with Dotty Fish shoes.
The London Podiatry Centre states that movement of the hip, knee and ankle was improved by Dotty Fish shoes. Dotty Fish shoes may have improved a child’s sense of spatial awareness by increasing the number of contact points between the foot and the supporting surface; this in turn improves the children’s sensory feedback from the bottom of the foot to the brain via the neuromuscular system.
At this stage in a child’s life, the neuromuscular system is still developing; tasks like walking are still being programmed. Due to this, the relationship between wearing the Dotty Fish shoes and an improvement in walking cannot be fully tested. The London Podiatry Centre additionally stated that these early results were very encouraging and they look forward to assessing further shoes in the future.
You can read the full report here.
Our Dotty Fish slippers
I can’t recommend children’s developmental items to you guys without testing it for myself can I?
When they first got delivered I instantly loved them. They were soft and had no kind of fastening element; the slippers literally slipped onto Nico’s feet by slightly stretching the elastic within the slipper itself.
It felt quite refreshing not having to fiddle about getting the slipper on his foot, because we’ve all been there haven’t we, they clench their toes and go rigid!
Nico could still move his feet and toes in any way he wished whilst wearing the Dotty Fish slippers and I just couldn’t believe that they were selling them so cheap. The material feels such high quality that I would easily have paid more than £12.99. There are so many different styles to choose from that I was spoilt for choice! It actually took me a couple of hours to decide; I had to go away and think about it then come back to my iPad only to feel overwhelmed with choice again that it would make me doubt my original decision!
Personally, I love the Dotty Fish footwear and I can’t rate them enough. I’ve been recommending them to my friends and family, and I don’t do that with a lot of products that we come across so I know that these are a winner.
What style would you choose?
We were sent these Dotty Fish slippers in order to carry out a review. All images and opinions are that of my own.