Finding the right shoes for a child with special needs can be tricky for various reasons. Perhaps your child wears a splint and you struggle to fit it into footwear. Maybe it’s hard to put your child’s shoe on because of the positioning of their foot. Perhaps your child wants to be able to put their own shoes on, but struggles to because of the design. Sometimes even sensory issues can prevent a child with special needs from wearing a pair of shoes. Whatever the reason, Billy Footwear for children with special needs could just be the answer to your shoe prayers!
What’s the Story behind the adaptive shoes brand?
Billy Footwear shoes are the work of Billy Price, who at 18-years-old fell from a three-story window and broke multiple vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord resulting in permanent paralysis. As a result, Billy, who once led an active, sporting lifestyle was diagnosed with quadriplegia.
Following his rehabilitation, a degree in mechanical engineering and becoming independent, Billy met with longtime friend Darin Donaldson. Billy understood the difficulties of facing mobility challenges and how basic tasks, like putting on your shoes, could be difficult. His mind for problem-solving and Darin’s spark for business innovation led to them creating Billy Footwear.
Why Billy Footwear special needs shoes?
Billy Footwear specialises in adaptive shoes that are designed to be both fashionable, functional and inclusive, making them a great footwear option for children with special needs. Billy Footwear features ‘fliptop technology’, which makes them quick and easy to put on and take off. This means that they are ideal for children with special needs or mobility problems. There are zippers that go along the side of the shoes and around the toes which allow the shoe to open and fold over completely, so that your child can place his or her foot on to the shoe foot bed unobstructed. This is particularly useful if your child wears a splint or has a shoe insert.
The range of Billy Footwear is fantastic and there is something for everybody and all occasions. From smart, practical shoes suitable for school to fun and funky trainers for the weekend. The shoes are available in various colours in high-top, low-top, boots, trainers and Ugg style shoes. Billy Footwear comes in UK size 13 to 5.
SpecialKids Company is proud to be a supplier of these game-changing shoes. Shop Billy Footwear here on our website for parent carers in the UK.
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Swimming is a fantastic inclusive activity to do with children with special needs. It’s a great sensory experience that is good fun and has positive benefits for both physical and mental health. It is also an activity that can be done all year round and doesn’t have to be weather dependent (depending on where you choose to swim!).