A casual Saturday afternoon stroll with my daughter Autumn turned into a much needed shoe hunt. I can’t believe how quickly kids feet grow!
Our first stop was a very well known kids show shop (starting with B).
Apart form the kids sneakers, nearly every casual shoe they had were sporting a heel or some kind of platform. After spending a good 15 minutes arguing with my daughter trying to get her to pick a pair of shoes with no heel, I realised that there actually wasn’t many to choose from.
I asked the lady looking after the store if it was normal that nearly every pair of shoes had this crazy addition and she simply said “yes, it’s what all of the kids want to wear these day and they even go down to a size 8”.
Gob smacked, I grabbed Autumn (still throwing a mini tantrum) and we left.
If you buy your daughters heeled shoes to wear then I hope I’m not offending you. It just baffles me that we live in a world where our 4 year olds (and younger) get the option of wearing shoes with a heel or a platform to make them look taller and feel pretty.
We all know that wearing heels too much as an adult is not good for you, so I wonder what effect this might have on our developing kids calves, achilles and backs.
I’m all for dress ups and creative play but I think these shoes should be left for play time only. Even if they are a small heel, our girls have the rest of their lives to dress up like adults. Why are kids wanting to be taller anyway!
I would love to hear from a paediatrician, chario, physio, podiatrist or anyone in the field what is qualified to comment on this subject. Tag them in to this post.
Am I a silly mum for not letting my 4rd old wear heels? Or is letting our kids wear heels at such a young age doing them damage?
What do you think?