News and Links

Happy Little Soles

On this page you can find the latest news from Happy Little Soles together with relevant barefoot articles and some bedtime reading!

We have collected together all the resources that we have come across together with a few other bits and pieces and links to some of those people who’ve inspired us over the years. We hope you will find it useful and interesting.

If you know of anything you think we should be including here then please do Contact Us to let us know.
 
 

Reviews and Blogs

http://nipitinthebud.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/happy-little-soles-for-a-busy-little-boy/
 
The lovely Nic reviewed her experience of getting her first barefoot shoes from us for her little boy.

http://www.runningbaby.co.uk/site/?cat=15

Great blog on the experience of the practicalities of keeping on running with a new baby plus a bit about barefoot shoes and the experience of choosing a first pair for the little one!
 
http://theoutdoordad.co.uk/gear-reviews/stonz-booties/
Fun review on our fabulous Stonz Booties - ideal for outdoor adventures.
 

http://livingwithajude.co.uk/reviews/happy-little-soles/
Lovely review on the experience of buying vegan shoes from us!

 
http://runnerclick.com/naturalists-guide-best-barefoot-running-shoes/
The best barefoot running shoes reviewed

 

Links and References

https://nutritiousmovement.com/shoes-the-list/
Our bible! Katy Bowman’s table on how to choose your shoes. We’re on her list too!

http://www.katysays.com/if-the-shoe-fits/
More from Katy on why barefoot is best. Brilliant!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/02/29/why-kids-should-go-barefoot-more-and-probably-adults-too/
Why we should all go barefoot more!

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/aug/09/barefoot-best-for-children
Why barefoot is best for children; The Guardian, 2009

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/08/14/news/which-shoes-are-best-for-children-maybe-none.html
Which shoes are best for children? Maybe None; Natalie Angier, New York Times, 1991

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1170253/The-painful-truth-trainers-Are-expensive-running-shoes-waste-money.html
The painful truth about trainers, Daily Mail , 2009

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/oldfashioned-plimsolls-with-flat-soles-are-better-for-kids-feet-8809800.html
Flat soles are better for kids’ feet; The Independent, 2013

http://www.drnicksrunningblog.com/two-year-long-case-study-demonstrating-an-increase-in-arch-height-from-running-in-minimalist-shoes/
Two year case study demonstrating an increase in arch height from running in minimalist shoes;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11790486
Why don’t children’s shoes fit? BBC News Magazine, 2010

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/11639560/shoeless-students-learn-better/ Interesting take on Shoeless schools and why children learn better shoeless"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2620662/Children-young-four-study-BAREFOOT-primary-school-banned-shoes-improves-learning-environment.html More on shoeless schools

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/schools-encouraged-to-adopt-no-shoes-policy-to-improve-pupils-learning-and-behaviour-a7044576.html
Shoeless schools again!

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/488811/Let-children-go-shoeless-and-switch-to-a-barefoot-regime
Food for thought from the Express!

http://www.jfootankleres.com/content/4/1/3
Excellent review and overview of a number of research papers looking at the effect of children's shoes on gait and development

http://www.curejoy.com/content/walking-barefoot-affects-brain-body-connection/
How Walking Barefoot Affects Your Brain Body Connection

http://www.drgangemi.com/kids/childs-shoe/
Thoughts on a Proper Child’s shoe; Health Fitness, Life

http://www.drgangemi.com/kids/healthy-active-barefoot-kids/
Healthy, Active, Barefoot Kids; Health Fitness, Life

http://fixmywalk.com/best-shoes-for-plantar-fasciitis/
Great article on the use of minimalist and barefoot shoes in the treatment and prevention of Plantar Fasciitis

 

News and Links

Some science stuff that makes fascinating reading!

http://refs.ahcuah.com/papers/shulman.htm
"An elevated heel of any height on a child's shoe shortens the Achilles tendon and is the beginning of permanent tendon shortening. Soles that are over 6mm thick prevent 80 to 90 percent of children's foot flexibility, thus denying the foot its normal step sequence."
–Dr William A Rossi, (2002) Children's Footwear: Launching Site for Adult Foot Ills, Podiatry Management, pages 83-100
The Journal of the National Association of Chiropodists; Survey in China and India of feet that have never worn shoes. 49, 1949, pp. 26-30

http://www.jfootankleres.com/content/4/1/3
Excellent review and overview of a number of research papers looking at the effect of children's shoes on gait and development

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23878382
Effect of shoe flexibility on plantar loading in children learning to walk. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2013 Jul-Aug;103(4):297-305.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1624509
The influence of footwear on the prevalence of flat foot. A survey of 2300 children; J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1992 Jul;74(4):525-7.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17353125
Foot motion in children’s shoes; a comparison of barefoot walking with shod walking in conventional and flexible shoes. Gait Posture. 2008 Jan;27(1):51-9. Epub 2007 Mar 13.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24890307
Effects of footwear on treadmill running biomechanics in preadolescent children. Gait Posture. 2014 Jul;40(3):381-5. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.05.006. Epub 2014 May 23.

http://www.the-rheumatologist.org/article/running-barefoot-may-protect-musculoskeletal-injuries/
Analysis of injury rates in barefoot and shod running.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/285214780_Children_with_flat_feet_have_weaker_toe_grip_strength_than_those_having_a_normal_arch

 

People we've been inspired by!

http://www.katysays.com
Katy Bowman – need we say more!

http://www.naturalmamas.co.uk
Natural Mamas

http://mutusystem.com
MuTu System
Great for pelvic and core alignment stuff and the place I first heard of barefoot shoes!

http://www.tracybyrne.co.uk
Tracy Byrne
A great podiatrist and advisor on barefoot shoes

http://www.stepfree.co.uk
Steve Bloor, a local podiatrist committed to barefoot walking

See the link below:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2189145/Podiatrist-banned-Tesco-insisting-walking-store-barefoot.html

 

Adult Barefoot

Some more unusual adult barefoot options that we’ve tested and loved and hope you do too. We’re looking to build this list so please let us know if you find anything else!

http://www.fairysteps.co.uk

http://www.lemsshoes.com

http://xeroshoes.co.uk

http://barebottomshoes.com
 

Happy Little Soles

Charitable initiatives about reusing your old shoes

http://soles4souls.org

http://www.unicef.org.uk/UNICEFs-Work/Our-supporters/Organisations/Corporate-partners/Clarks/

http://www.shoeaid.com
 

You can download our Cm to UK Size Conversion Guide to convert your cm measurement to the equivalent UK size, allowing for 0.8cm of growing room.

Background Reading

Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief, Katy Bowman, 2011
1) Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief, Katy Bowman, 2011
 
 

Move your DNA, Katy Bowman, 2014
2) Move your DNA, Katy Bowman, 2014
 
 

Alignment Matters, Katy Bowman, 2013
3) Alignment Matters, Katy Bowman, 2013
 
 

Take off your shoes and walk, Simon j Wikler, DSC,
4) Take off your shoes and walk, Simon j Wikler, DSC,
 
 

Out of print but a nice extract here;
http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/toysawfl.htm
 
 

Born to Run, Christopher McDougall, 2010
4) Born to Run, Christopher McDougall, 2010