Nike introduces children’s first walking shoes
The Swoosh 1 has been designed to offer support as children take their first steps.
Nike has described the importance of its new footwear design for very young children by emphasising that natural gait development is crucial for early walkers. According to the US-based company, research indicates that a person’s lifelong gait pattern begins to solidify as early as five to six months after learning to walk.
The Nike ‘Swoosh 1’ has been designed to offer support as children take their first steps and discover the world on their own two feet. The Swoosh 1 is the first Nike Kids’ shoe ever to receive the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance, which reportedly indicates that the footwear can help to promote natural foot development.
The shoe features a seamless Flyknit upper, which is said to provide ‘360 degrees of pliable support’, while bending in all directions to give the mobility required by an early walker. The wide toe box on the Swoosh 1 is marketed as allowing the toes to splay and flex naturally, and a lightweight TPU outsole is included for traction and durability. The Nike Swoosh 1 shoe has been released in US sizes three to seven.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the November 2023 issue of SATRA Bulletin.