Bobux are a company based in New Zealand and have been producing shoes since 1991. It all began when Chris and Colleen Bennett designed shoes for their daughter, Chloe. These were the world’s first all leather Soft Sole shoes and from then on, the company has gone from strength to strength and continues to produce soft soled shoes to this very day. Healthy foot development is an area that Bobux heavily focus on and they believe that going barefoot is best. They strive to learn more and increase their knowledge around the physical development of children’s feet and the impact shoes can have on them. In order to do so, Bobux have employed foot experts as well as having created lasting partnerships with podiatrists world-wide. They have studied the way children move and how this changes and adapts as they grow. They understand that it can be a constant challenge day to day to ensure that your child is getting the best out of everything they can, so Bobux believe that the more they learn, the more expertise they have which allows them to worry about your child’s healthy foot development, so you don’t have to.
As babies, their feet are made up entirely of cartilage and it is over several years that the bones develop and create the shape of the foot. Bobux believe that going barefoot allows children’s feet to develop and strengthen naturally. Their philosophy is that rigid shoes can have a negative impact on the development of childrens feet as if the shoes are not correctly designed and shaped to match the shape of the foot then in time the foot they conform to the shape of the shoes rather than the shape that nature intended. However, they understand that children cannot go barefoot all of time and they need some protection when outdoors and believe that the barefoot concept should not be compromised when wearing shoes. They therefore design and produce shoes which conform to a natural foot shape, have thin and flexible soles to mimic barefoot walking, are super comfortable and are also colourful and fun to wear.
After studying the way children move, Bobux have split their range of shoes into 4 distinct ‘stages’ as children go through 4 stages of development. As a child goes through so many developmental changes in the first ten years of their life and children grow at different rates so not all children are the same size and shape. This also applies to their feet and as with clothes, not all shoes will fit all children. When feet are fully grown, they have 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. We may feel that they are such a small part of our body, but in actual fact, the feet contain a quarter of all of the bones in the human body. This is one reason to ensure we take extra care of them!
As children grow, their activity levels will change therefore influencing the needs required from their shoes. Therefore, Bobux design their shoes based on the developmental stages of a child’s life and categorise their shoes into Pre-walking & Crawling, First Walker, Toddler and Preschoolers & Kids.
The Bobux brand includes a wide range of sandals, trainers, school shoes and boots. There is something for every activity and for all seasons. So as summer begins to draw near, Happy Little Soles have introduced some new styles to their Spring/Summer range, including some vibrantly coloured sandals. And these are not just available for the older child, you will also find some beautiful designs in our Step-Up range for little ones to enjoy!
Unsure as to whether to choose sandals in the Step-Up range or i-Walk/Kid+? Well, we can explain the difference. Step Ups are designed for new walkers. They are lighter weight and thinner in the sole than i-walk/Kid+ and therefore more flexible. They are designed to suit children from 7 months old to 2 years plus. We tend to recommend starting with the Step Up range and continuing for as long as the sizes suit and they are proving durable enough for your child. Once you are finding that they need something a little more robust then the i-Walk/Kid+ range is designed for the older child who is a confident walker and is running and jumping around outside. They still incorporate a thin and flexible sole, but it is a little thicker to make it more durable and incorporate more grip to allow them to start and stop with more ease. So, now you have an idea of what stage of Bobux you are looking for, why not take a look at what we have in stock here at Happy Little Soles.
The Tropicana and Tidal style sandals are new styles for Spring Summer 2019 and are a part of the Quick Dry collection from Bobux. They are ideal for summer play, as the fast-drying leather can be exposed to water without marking whilst also drying quickly to allow your little one to continue exploring without squelchy wet feet! Or maybe you would prefer something a little more classic. The Jump and Roam sandals have open sides for breathability and air flow to keep feet cool in the heat. For your new walker, why not try the Chase or Jack and Jill Sandals. With Velcro straps, they are easily adjustable with a closed toe to protect those precious little feet.
Go ahead and explore the range of sandals and other styles at happylittlesoles.co.uk!