I wanted to share this very succinct yet informative video presentation made by VIVOBAREFOOT. I think it highlights all of the major points on why children should be kept barefoot or in minimalist shoes as much as possible. In short, the foot is very soft and subject to stimulus at a young age, and rigid shoes have the potential to cause deformities.
There are certainly places in the world where shoes are an absolute must, but we can take their shoes off indoors and in safe environments like the back yard. The near constant wearing of tight rigid shoes by children is like placing a brace around any other part of their body – it will change the way that body part grows and forms.
The presentation itself is excellently narrated by a young child. It’s often said, that wisdom comes from the mouths of babes. You can watch the presentation online at Vimeo.