>I agree that the footbinding was a harsh comparison
>but we do see kids that grow at a massive rate at times.
this shoe would not hinder even in extreme cases.
>There are good quality shoes on the market that have had podiatry input that aren't much more expensive with no gimmicks.
If the new shoes accommodate two maybe three growth spurts that would be a considerable saving against the cost of two or three pairs of shoes, particularly when there are several children to clothe. That was the reason the shoes were developed.
Are you saying that these shoes should be recommended by podiatrists???
Extendable shoes are a clever innovation and some might argue an essential economical necessity in inflationary times but it remains to be seen how practicable they are. I would have no quams about recommending these novelty shoes for my grandchildren. But like so many other things if they are not "cool" in the kids' estimation, no matter my reasoning they would vote with their feet.
As a podiatrist I do think the extendable shoe offers (as seen) a reasonable opportunity for children between sizes and with a growth spurt iminent. These may add to the suite of options already available to the discerning parent.