What are good shoes for newly walking toddler?

Jill - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 49 moms have responded )

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My son just started walking so I don't want to mess up his balance.

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Jane - posted on 08/30/2009

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our pediatrician said barefeet or the cheap flexible shoes - if you can bend the shoes in the middle those are the ones you want. BUT it is a very hot topic. barefeet allow them to find their own balance on their feet and the walking shoes don't allow their feet to move, just their legs do the moving. so they'll do a lot of tipping over in a hard walking shoe w/ankle support. i get the Circo brand at Target for the cheapie shoes.

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2012

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If your child is starting to walk, it is best to let them find their own footing before you get quick to shove a shoe on their foot. The bones in a childs foot are soft. If you put them in one to early you risk the chance of major complications. Be sure that when you do make the decision to buy that first pair of shoes for your child, that you understand the width and thickness of their feet and the importance of finding one that shapes to their foot, not one you have to shape their foot too. Remeber, you not just paying for their shoes, your paying for their stepping stones that will get them thru life! Don't be afraid to save and spend, take them to someone who can fit and properly place them in a shoe that is supportf for their foot! ~~~ I have 2 children and I will put off buying myself something if it means my kids have outgrown and need more shoes!

Jennifer

Lewisville, TX

Darci - posted on 08/27/2009

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I have flat feet (inherited from my father's side of the family), and it was something I was very concerned about with my children. I took my oldest to a podiatrist (foot doctor), and he told me that I should just put her in good shoes, and he specifically mentioned Stride Rite. I also found the following website about flat feet online which I found interesting; a change in philosophy from when I was growing up -- http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/swc6.htm

I put my children in Isabooties (www.isabooties.com) for a few months after they start to walk. When they're in the house, they go barefoot or stocking-footed. In my backyard, they run around barefoot a lot of the time. They do not wear shoes at all until they start walking outside and the shoes are needed; shoes are a waste of money and energy when they aren't walking.

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2012

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Oh yes.....Barefoot is best and Stride rite is next to the best! GOOD LUCK👍

Dani - posted on 08/28/2009

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Barefoot around the house and anywhere that wasn't a public place. . I never did Stride Rite, they outgrow shoes so fast, I refuse to spend more money of baby shoes than I pay for mine. Bobux at Target are the knock-offs of Robees and wear really wear, I never worried about a hard sole when they were learning unless they were going to walk around on stones or where something sharp might be in the grass (like at a baseball field).

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Amanda - posted on 08/28/2009

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stride rite is the only thing I buy for my son who is in in othotics. I also got them for my older son who is now 5 years old who had to problems with his feet like my 2 year old. Both of my kids still wear them

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Hi ya hun.......i always buy clarke shoes for my boys when they first start walking....they make sure they measure their feet properly and are able to give you the right size for each foot......its amazing how everyone has a foot bigger than the other....and they can give you sizes in 1/2's ect....

Deidre - posted on 08/28/2009

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Our Dr has always sworn by keeping them barefooted... I thought he was loopy at first but later realized this makes perfect sense,because they can feel everthing to make sure thy're balanced.

Sara - posted on 08/28/2009

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I found a pair of robeez "tredz" at a stride rite outlet. Still paid $15, but much better than the regular price of around $30. The tredz is a step up from the basic robeez because it has a rubber sole, but still is very flexible, so it's not much more support, just more protection for the bottoms of his feet.

Before my son was walking we bought the cheap Target brands. Worked fine when he was just crawling. When he was just about to walk, we got another pair, but those quickly fell apart. I think it's because we had an old-fashioned walker that we put him in when we were outside, and the angle he would push off would rub against the concrete and it just wore away. But now he's cruising on his own and loves his Tredz.

Kate - posted on 08/28/2009

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I also forgot to mention that if you want to spend a bit more Ecco makes great shoes for kids.

Charity - posted on 08/28/2009

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I love baby crocks, I don't know if they sell them anymore but I loved them. They were so easy to slip on since my son kicked his shoes off all the time and they were kind of soft so they didn't affect his balance.

Kate - posted on 08/28/2009

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I used to work in a specialty kids shoe store. For newly walking toddlers/babies we often sold Stride Rite. A good shoe shouldn't throw off his balance.

Lisa - posted on 08/27/2009

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honestly...no shoes. if he is going to be out of the house walking a solid hard sole shoe will do but for any walking inside...none. i didn't put shoes on my son unless we went somewhere he had to walk. but at home, family, or friends i let him go barefoot.

Bonny - posted on 08/27/2009

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I went to Stride Rite and bought first walkers for my daughter. They are a little pricey, but it is worth it. They also measure the foot and make sure the shoes fit right.

Sharon - posted on 08/27/2009

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my son started walking at 9 months so i bought him baby nikes they are little more expensive but i found they are much better for their feet, i still buy nikes for him now and he is 2 1/2

Tina - posted on 08/27/2009

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I know they encourge bare feet it is better for the arch in the foot. when u buy shoes try not to get the cheap one find ones that encourge the arch in the shoe.

Shanna - posted on 08/27/2009

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The best shoe is no shoes at all. It toughens the sole of the foot. They next best are slip on shoes with a leather bottom. Robeez, Bobux, or target has a brand too that's half the price.

Arianne - posted on 08/27/2009

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I think there are a lot of good shoe brands out there for babies. I know since my son started walking just recently we have been letting him walk around barefoot. However, I have two different types of shoes that are soft in the soles which is important for little ones learning to walk. Good luck...there are WAY too many cute shoes!!

Stacy - posted on 08/27/2009

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Robeez. They let the child feel where they are steping and they are cute as can be

Merina - posted on 08/27/2009

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Robeez or the Target knock -offs Mini-Star by Bobux ("bumbo" as some of the other posters mentioned is actually a baby seat, so I'm guessing they had mommy -brain when it came to the shoe's name :-). Both are soft leather moccasin types that are the next best thing to barefoot. The target knock offs are about $13 and the original Robeez are $28. The main difference between the two brands is that Target's is much thinner leather and will wear out more quickly, but neither are really washable, so cheap is good because when they get too dirty, you can get a new pair.

http://www.robeez.com/Department.aspx?De...



If you want something a *little* more structured Walmart (believe it or not) sells really great baby sneakers that are leather tops and silicone split soles, they are in the baby dept. near the socks.

JAMIE - posted on 08/27/2009

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I have found that stride rite is great and my daughter actually loves to wear her shoes! You can get them real cheap at outlets. And since they are real sturdy check garage sale and friends...mine have held up through 2 kids!

Vickie - posted on 08/26/2009

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It may be best to let him walk around at first barefoot, but if you need shoes on him soft and very flexable ones are best. Since it is the toes that help balance they need to be able to move freely no matter what they have on.

That is such a fun stage, Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 08/26/2009

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My doctor told me that the best shoes are those ugly white high top shoes but they help support there little ankles

Leslie - posted on 08/26/2009

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I recommend the white walking shoes from Stride Rite they by far are the best. Especially if your baby had chubbier feet ( like my kiddies) cause they carry them in wide.

Kara - posted on 08/26/2009

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My son loved Robbies and those cheaper version from Target. They stay on and don't affect how they walk. They are just like a moccasin.

Courtney - posted on 08/26/2009

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stride rite is the best, its also rated the best for babys support! its best to let them learn to walk good on there own before putting shoes on them. when i first put shoes on my son after he started walking, he hated them. so what i did after that was put his shoes on during the day for like a hr and let him learn to walk in them, that way when u go places he was be cranky bc he is wearing his shoes.

Kelly - posted on 08/26/2009

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Robbies and bumbo from target are best. The target shoes are very similar and less pricey. They are all soft leather and really easy to put on.

Shannon - posted on 08/26/2009

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barefoot is not best, only because when you try to put shoes on them they will throw a fit because they are not use to wearing them. Cant let kids walk barefoot in public or at stores. Were not hill billys.LOL!

Shannon - posted on 08/26/2009

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soft shoes, you can buy them from target, i think the brand name is bumbo, or babux. They are great i got them for my last two boys when they started walking. They are about 12 bucks and they have all kinds of styles. Youll find them in the baby isle at Target. They are great becuase they are soft and they are so not heavy at all, so its easy for the child to pick up there feet when they walk, instead of those heavy bulky white walking shoes.

Sandra - posted on 08/26/2009

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Barefoot is the best! For running around the house of course! In winter the socks with sticky's on bottom. For out side I had my children in Robeez when very young then a good Nike or Adidas. Sandals should be with straps for purport of ankles and give the arch as chance to develop. Sandal should look like his one on this site.
http://www.softmoc.com/ca/systemshow-sea...
This type was recommended by our Physio Therapist.

Paula - posted on 08/26/2009

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My Drs said it doesnt matter, tests have proven barefoot is fine. But I truly believe they need good support shoes. My daughter always used stride rite. They have good support, and are comfortable.

Renee - posted on 08/26/2009

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my pediatrician had just told me that the main purpose for shoes at that age is to protect their feet, other than that it will just make them clumsier.

Robyn - posted on 08/26/2009

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Shoo Shoes here in South Africa. apparently toddlers aren't supposed to have ankle support just yet cos they're still growing. anyway these are full leather, nice and soft so very pliable with no restrictions.

April - posted on 08/25/2009

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Smart fit sold at Payless are great!! WAY cheaper than stride rite but just as good:)

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Stride Rite! They have the best shoes and will properly fit your child's foot. Saxon shoes is another good place to visit.

Jami Aka JamiQuan - posted on 08/25/2009

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I loved stride rite shoes. I purchased them for both my boys as their first walkign shoes. they are expensive but SOOO worth it. They have great support and wonderfully made.

Alicia - posted on 08/25/2009

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While at home, barefoot is best. And then for when out, go for a softer/flexible sole at first. If you give too stiff a sole or too high a shoe, they learn to walk only in the stiff shoes and have trouble when they are not wearing the shoes.

Lydia - posted on 08/25/2009

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Best shoes are StrideRite, but there are pricey.....I do not know where you live but they usually have there own stores or you can find them at Dillards. If you prefer to do some research you can get info from StrideRite.com...they might send you a dvd.

Amber - posted on 08/25/2009

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At home she was always barefoot or socks with the stickies on the bottom so she wouldn't slip. Outside, put him in anything with a solid sole so he can gain balance.

Pamela - posted on 08/25/2009

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Barefoot is the best! for running around the house of course! , and i just bought regular shoes nike and DC's for my son and he is a fantastic walker!

Renee - posted on 08/25/2009

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Since all three of my kids started walking in the summer I just let them go around barefoot. Once winter came then I just bought regular hard soled shoes. By then they were balanced enough to be able to handle that. A friend of mine LOVED Robbies. They're sold at Stride Rite and are a little pricey.

Tina - posted on 08/25/2009

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Pedi is a good brand. Anything with a soft sole is best. Its more flexible and goes with the natural feel for their feet.

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