While walking barefoot the foot can move freely and naturally. This strengthens the muscles and is a good prerequisite for healthy development. Kids’ shoes often squeeze the feet or support them unnecessarily, which leads to muscle degeneration and deformations that can cause further problems. A remedy for this is frequent barefoot walking and shoes that give the foot sufficient space and allow natural movement.
Our kids walk barefoot from spring to autumn – in the garden, on walks in the forest, when going shopping and at nursery, too. They don’t go barefoot at school (since they don’t like to be “different”), in many areas in the city and while doing sports such as soccer, horse riding, etc. Contrary to the widespread fear that the child could catch a cold when walking barefoot, barefoot walking stimulates blood circulation and enhances resilience. Indoors, kids can (and should) walk barefoot all year round.
You need to be careful in the city, in meadows full of clover, if the child is allergic to insect bites and if your child hasn’t been immunised (tetanus risk!).
Kids should walk barefoot as often as possible. In the winter, special exercises can keep the foot and its muscles fit. When selecting shoes you should ensure that the shoe doesn’t squeeze the toes and doesn’t support the foot unnecessarily (with a footbed, a cushioned heel or a thick sole), so that the foot muscles keep working.
A good shoe gives the foot sufficient space (especially in the toe area), but can be fastened individually to ensure a snug fit. Only a soft and flexible shoe can adapt sufficiently to the individual foot shape. The shoe shouldn’t have any supportive functions (footbed, cushioned heel or thick sole), so that the foot muscles keep working and the body can adjust to changing ground conditions. As a general rule – the less a shoe does to the foot, the more it does for the foot!
The easiest way to determine the correct size is to use our printable FitKit.
Since Wildling shoes have a standardised inner length, the foot can also be measured with a measuring device such as the Plus12. Measure the foot and simply order the corresponding size.
Certainly not! On the contrary! A footbed supports the arch from below – interfering with the natural arch function. Similarly to when placed in a cast, the muscles are partially immobilised – causing them to weaken and degenerate. Weak foot muscles can then cause flat feet or splayfeet.
No, don’t worry. Our body is perfectly able to absorb the impact of each step. The thin sole allows the body to feel the ground directly – enabling it to adapt stride length and impact to conditions underfoot. Unlike when walking with thick soles and cushioned heels, children won’t land on their heel but on the ball of the foot. The foot can then absorb the impact perfectly under the body, with the help of arch and calf muscles. As a positive side-effect, the muscles are strengthened with each step and the arch gets stronger and more pronounced.
Due to wearing conventional shoes, many kids suffer from weakened or underdeveloped foot muscles. Walking in Wildling shoes is like a workout for the foot – allowing it to slowly rebuild degenerated muscles. We recommend giving the foot some time to adjust and rebuild some muscle before undertaking very strenuous exercise (such as day-hikes, long-distance running, etc.).
Conventional shoes (especially sports shoes) encourage children to take very big steps and land on the cushioned heel. This is unnatural and impossible when running barefoot or with Wildling shoes. Often children have to readjust to a natural running style, but once they’ve done that, they will move with greater ease and efficiency – finding joy in running again.
At the beginning, feeling the ground with each step may seem odd. Often children have to readjust to a natural walk and become more conscious of their surroundings (sharp stones, branches, etc.). Once they’ve done that, the movement becomes softer, more agile and sure-footed. Children experience their environment with greater awareness, perceive more joy in movement, and the sole of the foot becomes less sensitive.
Yes! Wildling shoes are designed to adapt to any movement and surface. They are perfectly suited for running, jumping and climbing, since they give the body direct feedback about ground conditions and enable natural movement. Sports lessons, athletics, gymnastics and many indoor sports can all be enjoyed in Wildling shoes.
Our low-cut model is the most suitable model for sports.
Wildling shoes have a watertight lower rim and sole and a breathable textile upper which can be impregnated for better water-repellent characteristics.
Our shoes were devised to provide the most natural walking and wearing comfort. To surround the foot with mostly natural materials and as little plastic as possible, we produce our shoes without a membrane. That way the foot can breathe and the shoe retains maximum flexibility. Conversely, this means that even after impregnating the uppers, our shoes will only be water-repellent, not waterproof.
On wet days, you can use our membrane-to-go. Enter the code “WILDSOCKS” (in combination with a purchase of our shoes) and you will receive 50% discount on the membrane socks. This way it is up to you to decide when you need a membrane to protect you from wind and weather, and when you’d rather march on plastic-free.
Our autumn/winter models offer an additional warming and insulating lining, so that kids can walk barefoot in winter, too, without getting cold feet.
Additional insulating insoles are available in the shop.
Wildling shoes are made from traditional denim and other workwear fabrics. We prefer natural materials, such as cotton, hemp, linen, cork or jute. Most of our models are vegan, but offer similar qualities to leather (water-repellent, breathable and abrasion-resistant). At the same time the materials’ softness and flexibility allows them to adapt to the foot and its individual shape. When sourcing each material we pay attention to fair production and sustainable supply chains. All our materials are made in Germany or the surrounding European countries.
Wildling offers vegan models that are designated as such. However, Wildling is not a strictly vegan label. We will use materials from animal origin, if their source can be accounted for and is in line with our ideals – such as organic wool from conservation projects or waste leather. When choosing vegan materials, we take care that they combine a vegan origin with sustainability and a good foot climate – natural materials such as organic cotton, hemp and cork are our solution for that.
Dirty shoes are best brushed when dry, or (if they have been particularly roughly handled by little imps) can also be hand-washed in the sink.
Wildling shoes are designed for a naturally broad foot. They offer sufficient space and at the same time ensure a snug fit due to the soft, flexible materials. If your child has exceptionally broad and voluminous feet (e.g. very overweight kids), please consult with us, before ordering the shoes.
Wildling shoes were designed for a naturally broad foot. However, the widely spaced lacing can be tightened, so that they fit narrow feet, too. If your child has exceptionally narrow feet, you can buy an additional insole that will reduce the inner volume of the shoe.
If the child has a narrow toe area, this can be the first sign of a shoe-induced deformation. Wildling shoes’ wide toe box gives kids’ feet space, so that their toes can regenerate, stretch and fan out. With increasing muscle strength, the foot will get wider overall.
Kids feet grow about 1mm per month. After about 5-6 months children grow out of their last pair of shoes.
You can easily check, whether the shoe still fits, by printing out our FitKit templates and placing your child’s foot on the insole of the corresponding size. The longest toe should not reach the hatched area on the top of the insole. If it does, the toe will bump against the front of the shoe when walking, since the foot expands with each step.
Wildling sends parents a reminder postcard when it’s time for a bigger size.
The easiest way is to print out our FitKit and place your child’s foot on the insole of the corresponding size. The longest toe should not reach the hatched area on the top of the insole. If it does, the toe will bump against the front of the shoe when walking, since the foot expands with each step.
By heart and concept we are a kids’ shoe brand, but our larger sizes are happily worn by adults, too.
You find our larger sizes in the Rewild section.
To determine the correct size, please use our FitKit (menu -> Shop -> Sizing)
Regular kids’ shoes often run one to two sizes small, so please don’t order according to your child’s regular size.
Adults can use the Rewild section of our Fitkit.
Please follow the step-by-step instructions on the Fitkit-page. You will also find our print-outs there.
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