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The Search for Foot Shaped Shoe Lasts

I‚Äôve developed my first generation of barefoot shoes lasts. In this article I share how I did it, the process and how you can order lasts based on this design should you want to. I just wanted to make natural, foot shaped ūü¶∂ shoes. You wouldn't think this would be so hard. Would you? ¬† Hmmm.....

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It's Foot Size. Not a shoe size. Here's Why.

When is a size 10 not a size 10? Turns out most of the time. As many people know there is a massive variation between manufacturers for sizing as I showed in my former business. Some manfacuters even size different styles differently! (as you will see below).    

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Natural Foot Development In Children

This article come from a series of informal discussions with various friends and customers on natural foot development. As children's feet grow little consideration appears to be given by the mainstream shoe manufacturers to natural foot development. I wonder, have these shoes designers actually looked at children feet? As such, I felt compelled and inspired to write this article.

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Getting it right from the start

When it comes to feet I believe we can get it right from the start. I‚Äôm an advocate of¬†common sense¬†so I sometimes end up doing things differently. This is why my children have never set foot in a high street shoe shop nor had their feet ‚Äėformally‚Äô measured. I instead opted to buy my children¬†foot-shaped shoes. It just seemed like common sense. Though what seemed like throwing caution to the wind and trusting my common sense for my first child took some courage.

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The Toe Box Taper.....

I was going to try come up with some witty title (this one almost sounds like a dodgy dance. I've just read the Kitchen Disco to children #1 & #2 and I think that might have something to do with it). I failed (at the title not the reading!). The bottom line is - there is no place for tapering toe boxes in barefoot shoes for kids nor adults!  Why? Have you ever noticed the shape of your child's foot? Children naturally possess a forefoot that is wider than the rest of the foot - i.e. the widest part of the foot is at the tips of the toes. There is space between the toes of the child's barefoot. #crazythirdchild's beautiful...

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