Do Kids Need to Transition to Barefoot Shoes?

A top down view of two pairs of feet facing each other wearing Mukishoes barefoot shoes - on the top are the feet of a small child wearing Mini Moss green sneakers with orange laces and rainbow eyelets. On bottom is an adult's feet wearing the Saffron rust colored sneaker with white laces

The beautiful thing about kids wearing barefoot shoes is that most of them don’t need to transition. Their feet came equipped with everything they need to support themselves! And because they haven’t yet spent years in restrictive footwear that ability is usually still available to them. Most children are able to start wearing barefoot shoes without skipping a beat.

If your child is older and has already been using supportive, heeled footwear (especially for athletics) then they may need more time to adapt to barefoot shoes. Sore feet and legs at the end of the day after wearing barefoot shoes are an indication they need to take it more slowly. For my best transition advice, check out the FAQ on How To Transition To Barefoot Shoes.

If your child is needing a transition period, check out these Kids Transition Barefoot Shoe Brands:

  • Joe Nimble
  • Lems – Not technically kids sizes, but the smallest size is Men’s 3/Women’s 4.5 which is about an EU 34.

Otherwise, you can start checking out barefoot shoe options for kids.

*For the entire searchable FAQ list, visit Barefoot Shoes FAQ

*Disclosure – Anya’s Reviews is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you.

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Hi. I'm Anya.

Hi. I'm Anya.

I first discovered barefoot shoes after a long history of foot issues. By changing my footwear and strengthening my body I was able to completely transform my life. Anya’s Reviews is my way of sharing with the world that healthy feet are happy feet!

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