So what are the benefits of soft soles? Soft sole shoes are unique as they allow your child to extend their toes and grip the floor as if they were walking barefoot. Soft sole shoes can also help improve their balance and coordination as they grow. As little feet develop, they require a full range of motion, to allow there muscles and tendons to stretch, strength and grow. Soft soles allow children to move the way there body was intended, while still providing adequate protection. How long should my child wear soft soles? Both my daughters are only little pint size pocket rockets, if you have read our about us you will know Sadie has a rare form of dwarfism. Maggie is of average height but takes after her mum's gene's and is petite. I would recommend you have your little one in soft soles for as long as possiable. I do always have 'park shoes' for rough play outside, these do consist of a hard more structed sole. (Not yet available at Sadie Baby). However when we are shopping, coffee, spending time wtih friends we are in our soft soles, my girls will wear soft soles until they move up to the hard sole range. Sadie has only just moved up to a size 5, which was the reason behind the new hard sole size range. At four Sadie is now eager for the hard soles. Maggie now 18 months is still wearing our size 4, but will be moving to a size 5 soon, I plan to keep her in our soft soles until size 6, as her feet are still developing. Our soft soles are extremely durable, Sadie & Maggie both get extensive wear, Sadies has used her soft soles and breaks on her scooter and these shoes have been passed down to Maggie. I recommend soft soles for as along as possible, for the best development opportunity for your little ones feet.