News and Links

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
The lovely Nic reviewed her experience of getting her first barefoot shoes from us for her little boy.
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!
Fun review on our fabulous Stonz Booties - ideal for outdoor adventures.
Lovely review on the experience of buying vegan shoes from us!
The best barefoot running shoes reviewed

Links and References
Our bible! Katy Bowman’s table on how to choose your shoes. We’re on her list too!
More from Katy on why barefoot is best. Brilliant!
Why we should all go barefoot more!
Why barefoot is best for children; The Guardian, 2009
Which shoes are best for children? Maybe None; Natalie Angier, New York Times, 1991
The painful truth about trainers, Daily Mail , 2009
Flat soles are better for kids’ feet; The Independent, 2013
Two year case study demonstrating an increase in arch height from running in minimalist shoes;
Why don’t children’s shoes fit? BBC News Magazine, 2010
Interesting take on Shoeless schools and why children learn better shoeless
More on shoeless schools
Shoeless schools again!
Food for thought from the Express!
Excellent review and overview of a number of research papers looking at the effect of children's shoes on gait and development
How Walking Barefoot Affects Your Brain Body Connection
Thoughts on a Proper Child’s shoe; Health Fitness, Life
Healthy, Active, Barefoot Kids; Health Fitness, Life
Great article on the use of minimalist and barefoot shoes in the treatment and prevention of Plantar Fasciitis

Some science stuff that makes fascinating reading!
"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
Excellent review and overview of a number of research papers looking at the effect of children's shoes on gait and development
Effect of shoe flexibility on plantar loading in children learning to walk. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2013 Jul-Aug;103(4):297-305.
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.
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.
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.
Analysis of injury rates in barefoot and shod running.

People we've been inspired by!
Katy Bowman – need we say more!
Natural Mamas
MuTu System
Great for pelvic and core alignment stuff and the place I first heard of barefoot shoes!
Tracy Byrne
A great podiatrist and advisor on barefoot shoes
Steve Bloor, a local podiatrist committed to barefoot walking

See the link below:

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!

Charitable initiatives about reusing your old shoes

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

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

2) Move your DNA, Katy Bowman, 2014

3) Alignment Matters, Katy Bowman, 2013

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

Out of print but a nice extract here;

5) Born to Run, Christopher McDougall, 2010