Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003

Children's Shoes

Inventor: Jeff Silverman, Preschoolians

Kids who wear tight shoes are more likely to have foot problems later on. But what's the parent of a squirmy, toe-curling toddler to do? Preschoolians shoes look like ordinary children's footwear except for one thing: they have see-through bottoms to help ensure proper fit. Like the rest of the sole, the viewing window is made of durable polyvinyl acetate (think kickballs and teething rings), and the parts are heat fused to prevent cracks or splits. Your child may still trip over his own feet now and then, and let's face it, a hammertoe is often hereditary. At least you'll know you did all you could.

Availability: Now, $25 to $60 a pair
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