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Barefoot kids sandals - Musette

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Natural leather made in Italy Holes for foot ventilation No lining, for breathability Flexible, anti-skid 2mm rubber outsole Extremely lightweight, weighing only about 140g.

€28.33

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Ventilation
No stiffeners
Wide toe box
Vegetable tanned insole
Non-skid sole
Flexible sole

Available in sizes EU 18-28, 30, 32, our Barefoot sandals are ideal for both indoor use (at home or kindergarten) and outside on any surface, being soft, lightweight, and ultra flexible. Important! Because of their thin sole and unlined leather, Tikki Barefoot sandals are not as hardwearing as classic, rigid sandals - so please do not use them on balance bikes or ride-on toys.


 

What's special about Tikki Barefoot sandals?

 

Made of soft Italian leather - compliant with EU regulations

The leather tanning and finishing process does not comply with the same regulations all over the world. Some countries are using more hazardous chemicals than others. Although there is cheaper leather on the non-EU market, we have chosen to use only Italian leather for our range of kids shoes, as it is guaranteed to comply with the highest European quality and safety regulations.

For more details about our leather and related quality certificates, we invite you to visit the "Materials" page.

 

Inner sole made of chrome free, vegetable-tanned leather

We know how much kids love to walk barefoot, so we offer shoes that are not only comfortable and adorable, but most importantly safe. The human skin absorbs part of the substances it comes into contact with - making it crucial to use harmless, non-toxic materials. The inner sole of the new Tikki shoes line is made of vegetable-tanned leather produced in Italy. This leather was processed following a traditional recipe that uses solely tannins from plants, without any dyes, heavy metals, or other chemicals, thus making them 100% safe for kids' delicate skin.

Disclaimer! Because the insole is not tanned with the more traditional chrome, but instead with vegetable tannins, there is a slight possibility of pink shades tranferring on to your child's socks. This is normal and occurs mostly when kids sweat - our recommendation is to wear dark-coloured socks.

For more details about our vegetable tanned leather and related quality certificates, we invite you to visit the "Materials" page.

 

No need for stiffeners

A healthy shoe protects the foot from cold and injuries, while still allowing the barefoot walking sensation. As studies have shown, plastic stiffeners or any other rigid reinforcing materials do help shoes to keep their original shape, but they also force the toe joints to take that specific shape. Tikki shoes do not use any stiffeners at all, in order to allow the leather to stretch and mould perfectly to every foot shape. In time, the original shape of the shoes may change, but the childs’ feet will grow unrestricted.

 

Outer sole made of 2mm flexible rubber with excellent grip

Tikki’s sole was especially designed to facilitate kids’ first steps. A flexible and thin outsole allows them to feel the ground properly. This increases their confidence and strengthens their foot muscles as they learn to walk. The outer rubber-based sole, together with the inner vegetable-tanned leather sole (approx. 1mm), creates a flexible combination that allows the barefoot sensation, while offering excellent protection on any surface.

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What does Barefoot actually mean?

Barefoot shoes are those that allow the feet to move naturally, as close as possible to walking barefoot. Barefoot shoes have the following characteristics:

1. ZERO-DROP - the sole is perfectly flat , with the heel at the same height as the ball of the foot. Raising the heel throws off the alignment of the spine, and forces an unnatural heel strike.

2. FLEXIBILITY -  they have a highly flexible sole, allowing the feet to move unrestricted, in order to become stronger. By comparison, in a stiff shoe, the soles hardly bend, and this eventually leads to muscle atrophy and pain.

3. THIN SOLE - the thinner the sole of the shoe, the more information our brain can receive through the neurotransmitters located in our feet. This is essential for optimal proprioception (our body's awareness of its own position and movement), perfect balance and finding the best posture depending on the type of surface you're stepping on.

4. WIDE TOE BOX - plenty of room for the toes. The more space the toes have to splay, the better the overall body weight distribution and posture. The role of the big toe is very important, as it supports the whole body. Try a simple exercise: do a few pushups supported by your hands, with your fingers closed in a tight fist - you'll notice that it takes a lot more effort and your body position will feel unnatural.

5. ZERO SUPPORT - no orthopedic support recommended. Barefoot shoes have no arch support, no shock-absorbent cushionings or other market innovations. If supported and unnable to move naturally, muscles gradually lose strength, and this leads to painful and weakened feet.

6. NO STIFFENERS - shoes made from a stiff material that doesn't mould to the feet, won't allow them to move freely. It is best for the shoe to mould to the shape of the foot and not the other way around. This is the reason why barefoot shoes are made from soft and flexible materials, without cardboard or plastic stiffeners to preserve their shape over time.

 

What is the difference between Barefoot and Minimalist?

Although our main focus is  Barefoot shoes, we also have Minimalist ranges. These shoes meet all the requirements above, except for the fact that they're not as flexible as the Barefoot shoes, and have minimal stiffeners for durability. They are especially designed for older children or adults, who need their shoes to be more hardwearing and able to cope with heavier use.

Tikki Shoes products are entirely manufactured from natural leather and so must be cared for in the manner usually applicable to leather footwear, with a few exceptions:
1. You must not wash the footwear in a washing machine! Due to rather long washing cycles, their duration usually exceeding an hour, the leather is submerged in water for too long which can result in its scaling and shrinking when drying. Additionally, the risk of colour transfer increases in contact with water. Tikki shoes should only be cleaned with a leather care product.
2. The velour leather sole of indoor footwear requires periodical cleaning when the surface becomes dirty or greasy, causing the fine velour leather hairs to stick together and no longer adhere to the ground. You must not clean them very frequently, only when you notice that the footwear starts slipping on floors.
In this case you must use a damp cloth or wet baby wipes and a hard-bristle brush (e.g. a nail brush, barbecue brush, etc.). You must clean the sole with the damp cloth or wet wipe (you must not rinse the soles with water because that would increase the risk of colour transfer), let it dry, and then rub the sole with the brush until you see the fine velour leather hairs stand up again.
3. The leather on the sides of baby shoes/outdoor footwear/sandals/boots must be cleaned only with a leather care product.
4. The drying must occur slowly and exclusively at room temperature: avoid drying the footwear next to heat sources (radiator, stove, fan, fire, hair dryer or other heat sources, or by exposing the footwear to direct sunlight) which would harden the leather and cause scaling on its surface.
5. Do not use bleach, detergents or solvent-based solutions to clean the footwear.

Both Nappa and Velour Leather Footwear must be cleaned only with a special leather care product.

The outdoor footwear is not waterproof and so we recommend its use with dry weather. The sole and sides of the outdoor footwear must not come in contact with water, snow, sand, gravel, solvents, tar, soft bitumen or other corrosive materials. Avoid getting caught or stepping on sharp metal objects, stones, glass shards, oils, fuel, and thinners. The warranty does not cover damage resulting from poor roads, footpaths or pavements, or from using the footwear on other rough, abrasive or corrosive surfaces.

We are not liable for damages resulting from not following the above mentioned instructions, or for discomfort resulting from wearing the wrong size or model/fitting of shoes.

 

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