Shoes?

Monica - posted on 08/12/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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What kind of shoes do you get for a new walker? My son is 11 mos. and just learned to walk and I want to get him his first pair of shoes (I never bought him any before because he didn't need them.) And where's a good place to get them? My son's feet are long enough for a size 4 shoe but none of the shoes I tried at Wal-Mart fit him because his feet were too fat! I probably need to try an actual shoe store but I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good brand or type of shoe for him.

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Amy Beth - posted on 08/13/2009

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Shoe Carnival- New Ballance Wide. They are just the basic gray NB shoe but they come in wide. My son has super wide feet and has been wearing these ever since e could walk. They were on sale for $20 but usually they're $40. So I would buy them when they had the buy one get one half off and just get the next size up for the second pair.

Shauna - posted on 08/12/2009

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My sons feet are super fat too, and he wears a size 5 shoes, he just turned a yr old. But i got him a pair of velcro shoes at target, the brand was circo. they actually have a lot of cute shoes there. If your sons feet are as fat as my sons, any of their shoes will fit him.. the only ones i had problems with were sandals.. where his toes are, are to fat to fit under the lower part of the sandal. Good luck!

Chris - posted on 08/12/2009

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Stride Rites are the best shoes for new walkers. They also have sizes to fit every foot, and they are great sturdy shoes. There not always cheap, but well worth the money. Sometimes you can find them at Marshall's, but you may have to go to an actual Stride Rite store (usually in the malls)

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Hannah - posted on 08/13/2009

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We love Pedipeds! I think my daughter is on her 3rd pair They have soft soles but a little thicker than Robeez, they don't really need hard soles unless they are walking around outside a lot. A friend of mine also really likes See Kai Run. Both brands have websites. I buy them at Nordstrom.

Ilse - posted on 08/12/2009

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Make sure they are nice and light in weight. It is hard for them when they start walking to lift heavy shoes. The foam shoes are great:) I wouldnt go and spend too much on them at this stage cos their feet go very quickly. Maybe when he is walking better:)

Krista - posted on 08/12/2009

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Once your child has learned to walk properly, you don't need to spend the money on walking shoes as they have already learned it.

Jessica - posted on 08/12/2009

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I bought my son's first pair of shoes at Kohl's department store they usually have good sales....Just make sure they offer him enough support...I've also bought shoes at Toys R Us if I could find a pair I liked but the older he gets the less money I spend on them b/c their feet grow so quick

Martha - posted on 08/12/2009

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Love Robeez and Pediped for new walkers! You can get them online at places like piperlime.com, endless.com, or shoes.com with free shipping and free returns.

Krista - posted on 08/12/2009

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Go to a store that specializes in walking shoes. They'll be able to properly fit him for the shoes and recommend a type for you. But, beware, they aren't cheap. I ended up spending 60 bucks on my son's walking shoes. The shoes at Walmart aren't going to cut it because walking shoes have to have a very soft, pliable sole, while having ankle support. The reason that they have to be soft is so that your child learns how to properly place their foot (ball, heel) in order to properly walk.

Valissa - posted on 08/12/2009

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i've just bought whatever shoe fit my childs foot, that would stay on, and looked comfortable. i usually get them from walmart, but sometimes payless. they usually just need to get used to wearing them when walking.

Tina - posted on 08/12/2009

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Try the ones at walmart that are actually in the baby section not the shoe section. I think they go up to a size four and they stretch out. And they have a flexible bottom not like a real shoe where the bottoms don't move. I noticed that my daughter did better in those. Dunno why.

Monica - posted on 08/12/2009

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Not sure if they have Stride Rites at the mall in my town but I will certainly look for them. Thanks!

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