When your child first begins to walk – usually between the age of 10 and 18 mths – shoes are generally not necessary , unless a problem is detected.
Allowing your child to walk barefoot or sometimes to wear socks without shoes can help normal muscle development. If shoes are to be worn, they should be fitted by an experienced fitter after the child has started to walk.
Sitting positions may also affect your children’s feet and leg development. In particular, try to discourage your children from “ frog sitting “ with their knees turned in and the feet turned out.
Sitting with legs crossed is preferred .
Information sourced from “podiatry and children” by the Australian Podiatry Council