I tell ya, it just floors me that these shoes are so popular. Walking is so important to child brain development and every new invention for kids always seems to be something that hinders that. Many of you already know how much I HATE strollers. I owned one, but very rarely used it. I mostly used it to push my youngest SO I could take my oldest running. It was impossible to run with her otherwise. It's sad though... They even make ATTACHMENTS for existing strollers so big kids *gasp* don't have to walk and can ride along. Ugh!
Anyway, I could ramble on and on about strollers so back to the roller shoes. And no, I'm not talking about rollerskating or rollerblading. I'm talking about the new everyday sneakers that have a wheel (or two wheels) built into the heel...
These awful contraptions are so popular right now. Kids effortlessly rolling everywhere - not walking in a cross pattern at all. And God forbid they get some exercise!!! Cross pattern walking/running plays an ENORMOUS roll in organizing the developing brain. The other bad thing about these ridiculous shoes is they don't allow for natural foot movement. So if the child isn't rolling into a tree or mowing someone down, then they're walking funny because of the wheel and the stiffness of the shoe itself.
Bad for foot development, bad for muscle development, bad for brain development.