Types of Soft-Sole
There are several types of soft-sole shoes available. They all
facilitate foot development and walking, but differ in terms of
sole construction and materials, and specific benefits. Foosies
is the only company to offer seven different sole compositions.
For shoe uppers, medical experts recommend only pliable, breathable
materials such as soft leather, suede, sheepskin, UItrasuede, etc.
Plastic, vinyl and imitation leather should be avoided because they
will make young feet perspire excessively. For soft soles, available
Cotton/Fleece: Loose-fitting, 100% cotton or fleece; ideal
for newborns and the crib. (Crochet
Suede Leather: The softest type of sole. Offer the most
"grip-ability" for young toes, and maximum sensory input
for the feet. Top grade cowhide offers excellent slip-resistance
on hardwood floors, tile, etc. (Avoid pigskin leather because it's
not slip-resistant.) (Bobux)
Double-Layer Suede: This offers the same benefits as listed
above, but a double layer sole for added protection and warmth.
Toughtek®: A material that's thin and flexible as suede,
but nearly impenetrable by sharp objects or debris, broken glass,
rocks or nails. (Search-and-Rescue dogs wear booties made of Toughtek®.)
Double Layer Flexible Leather: This makes for a slightly
thicker sole, but it's still extremely flexible and offers more
protection. Top-grade cowhide is also skid-resistant. (PediPed)
Micro-Rubber: Higher degree of protection is offerd by this
material plus excellent skid-resistance; it is slightly less flexible.
Thin Rubber: Even more protection. Great for toddlers, running
and jumping. Excellent skid-resistance. (Squeaky
Foosies is the only company in the U.S. to offer all of these sole
types, plus narrow and wide sizes, for infants, toddlers and young