This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PF Flyers. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you’ve been shoe shopping recently, you’ve likely noticed a striking trend in girls’ footwear. I’m not talking lights or sounds or sparkles — I’m talking heels. Sometimes higher than even I wear!
Why we say “no” to high heels for our kids
Celebrity children have been photographed in the latest high-heeled styles. Popular television programs spotlight pageant kids wearing heels with their on-stage getups. And of course, kids see grown-ups wearing them which means they want to do it too.
Kids already seem to want to grow up before we do, but the problem with heels is one that goes beyond style or preference. Heels can actually be dangerous to little feet.
How high heels are dangerous for kids
The bones in kids’ feet are still forming up to age 12, so experts say that time spent in heels should be extremely limited, or non-existent.
The physical repercussions of wearing heels for kids are scary:
- Potential for deformities
- Development of bunions (not usually seen in young children)
- Fatigue and pain in muscles and tendons
From a practical perspective, heels are not play-friendly and set up the potential for injury.
Let’s be real, even when they’re not supposed to, kids want to play. And they will. If kids are wearing heels (especially if they’re not used to it), they could easily trip and hurt themselves.
But what about special occasions?
Here’s the way I look at it — my girls are kids, and they’re going to dress like it! I want them to be safe and comfortable, so they don’t wear heels.
I look for shoes that can do double duty — shoes that are both fun and functional. That’s why I was so excited when PF Flyers reached out and asked if we wanted to try out a pair of their shoes for each girl.
OK – yes, here is the part where I tell you about PF Flyers and why we love them. This is indeed a sponsored post.
But hear me out…
Why my kids wear PF Flyers
First of all, I was totally psyched because I loved the movie Sandlot, and PF Flyers held an almost a mythical status in the film. They were the coolest of cool. “Run faster, jump higher.” I think we all secretly wanted a pair growing up.
But I didn’t even know they still made ’em!
Aside from holding a purely sentimental place in my heart, what I really love about PF Flyers is that they are kid-appropriate and designed specifically for better arch support.
Fun fact: The “PF” actually stands for “posture foundation” in case you ever wondered. I didn’t know that!
Before I found out about the revitalization of the PF Flyers brand, my girls usually wore sneakers with their dresses, and if you’ve seen what’s in stores lately, it’s usually metallic and glittery and matches nothing.
PF Flyers still come in classic, solid colors like cream canvas and navy, so they match everything. It’s a win-win for parents! Now your kids can look put-together, but still wear kids shoes that are truly meant for kids’ lifestyles.
I mean, isn’t this a super cute look with a dress?!
Kids have their entire adult lives to wear heels if they want — why rush it?
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