what are the best shoes for my toddler that just starting to walk?

Ely - posted on 09/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 16 mos son just started to walk. He has Stride Rite w/ velcro but he keeps taking them off. Are there other brands that are similar to Stride Rite that are not as expensive. He's only been in these shoes for 2 months.

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Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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My son's first pair of shoes were converse because his feet were so wide and fat (think Fred Flintstone's feet) they were the only ones that fit him. He started walking at seven months and has no foot problems. And converse are near impossible for them to get off on their own! But mainly he is a barefoot baby unless we leave the house.

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Maggie - posted on 09/30/2009

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My daughter started walking at ten months and only wanted to wear her Robeez. She's now two and will wear anything with a flexible sole but I recommend you try them.

Jessica - posted on 09/30/2009

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I didn't by all the expensive shoes for my son. I started off buying him Nike's til he learned to walk good. I now buy walmart shoes or shoes from Target. My son doesn't have problems walking in them as a toddler.

Jeanette - posted on 09/28/2009

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I worked for Stride Rite for a few years. I recommend them because they are built with your child's foot in mind. Another good brand is Ecco, but both can get pretty pricey. At this age, shoes are not important, especially when just learning. It's actually barefoot that's best. ( I was taught this by the owner of the Stride Rite shoe store, who got his training directly from Stride Rite.) They have more confidence and are able to feel the ground. It's more natural. If they have to have shoes, just remember to get shoes that are flexible BUT offer support. I do not recommend Converse or any other canvas shoes, especially for new walkers. They offer no support what-so-ever. As long as the shoe is comfortable to the child and offers flexibility and support, you're fine. Not everyone wants to spend the money on expensive shoes, so do what's best for you. I put my baby in Target and Payless shoes when money is tight and she's just fine. She prefers them off anyway. Oh, and Nike, Sketchers, Reebok and those companies aren't good shoes for babies. They're too stiff and clunky. They're not made to fit a baby's foot, they just look cute and stylish.

Morgyn - posted on 09/27/2009

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Basically Barefoot by Jumping Jack (Ibelieve it's Jumping Jack), they are expensive-I got lucky and found a pair at Marshalls. They are super soft and super flexible sole. My daughter has really fat and wide feet and she was able to walk, run and do whatever in these shoes without them leaving any marks on her feet at all, they are the best!

Tarah - posted on 09/27/2009

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I personally think stride rite is the best shoes for new walkers.... have you seen any that have strings (we bought those)? I also like the shoes sold at babies r us...

Katrina - posted on 09/26/2009

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i love stride rite shoes that's all i buy both my kids i look for the ones on sale so they cost less

Cathy - posted on 09/26/2009

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Quoting Ely: I was told by several people NOT to skimp when it comes to shoes, espeically when they are just learnign to walk.   I've saved a lot of money by going to garage salses but I do buy Stride Rite, I bought those until my son was about 2, then it was to the cheap shoes!  :)

what are the best shoes for my toddler that just starting to walk?

My 16 mos son just started to walk. He has Stride Rite w/ velcro but he keeps taking them off. Are there other brands that are similar to Stride Rite that are not as expensive. He's only been in these shoes for 2 months.


 

Allison - posted on 09/26/2009

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Try the stride rite that dont have shoe laces or velcro, the slip on ones and sketchers actually has very good children shoes and they also have slip ons, trying to keep them on him lol well i dont kno about that, my youngest daughter doesnt like to wear shoes at all, and shes 4 now, but like i said try to slip on ones because kids tend to go to things that they can play with so if u have a slip on one theres nothing there to drawn the attention to the show to play with

Amber - posted on 09/26/2009

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we used the Stride Rite walking shoes and they were wonderful!! i strongly suggest them! you can order them online! but we used to ones that tie... you will definitely have better luck with them! also you can look at second hand shops and things like consignment sales!

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