Certainly, life can’t be easy being the daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. What’s a toddler to do when she’s been pegged a fashion icon since birth and lives in the grisly eye of the media? Apparently, the poor kid needs her coffee just like we do. In one of her first high-heeled sightings, Suri was seen gripping a Starbucks! Ok, perhaps it was decaf…
While Suri’s been wearing heels for over a year now, the topic recently sparked debate when Alex Rodriguez escorted his 5-year-old daughter Natasha onto the red carpet wearing some of the most “fashion forward” kiddie shoes around. Rodriguez told reporters he was nervous because it was his daughters first time wearing heels—2-inch wedges by Amiana to be exact.
Retailers such as Nordstrom, Piperlime and Zappos are all pumping out shoes for little girls ages 4 to 8. Nina Kids has even created a line they proudly call “The Hotsy” style. Alan Paulenoff, executive vice president of Nina Kids says “Heels are getting higher because little girls simply want to look like big girls.”
Seriously, what 5-year old girl hasn’t played dress-up in mom’s heels or been astounded by a pair of bedazzled princess-like pumps? All kids want to grow up fast—this fact is nothing new Mr. Paulenoff. The issue here is that Doctors warn young feet are not designed to walk in the upright position. They’re still growing and are not yet fully formed.
Experts are worried that hot-to-trot tots will topple over, sprain an ankle and possibly even have developmental issues later in life. They say heels pose physical risks that include a tightening of the heel cord and changes in the growth plate. The 2-inch range is where docs say children generally run into problems, since young feet don’t have the strength or stability to support their own weight in them.
Regardless of expert opinion, retailers continue to sell kiddie pumps and Hollywood A-listers continue to flaunt their high-heeled tots. While most grown women find it difficult to wear even a 2-inch heel to work every day, Suri Cruise and Natasha Rodriguez can apparently sport them all day long!
What do you think? Should we let our kids wear heels just because they want to?