how to choose first shoes

Aneta - posted on 12/03/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter started walking two weeks ago and i bought first walker shoes for her. However I keep on doubting if she is comfortable in these shoes in terms of size etc. She doesnt complain when she walks in them, but i noticed she doesnt put her feet straight ( not like when she walks barefoot at home). I'm looking for some hints on how to identify the right pair of shoes. Should i choose the exact fit or a size bigger (considering socks)?? Please share your experience.

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September - posted on 12/03/2010

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I did a bit of research on popular brands of "first" shoes and came up with great reviews on Stride Rites so that what we went with. It may take trying a couple different brands to see if that makes a difference. I still buy the Stride Rite brand for our 2 year old as it seems to be the right fit for him. I purchase them at Nordstrom’s where they measure his feet each time to ensure he's getting the right size. However you can order online as well. I guess your best bet would be to try a couple different types. Good luck!

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Krissy - posted on 12/05/2010

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my girl has just started to walk at just on 17 months her only problem is she fits size 9-12 months!! i dont know if your 'pre walker' shoes have the sizes on them or not but i got soft sole Dunlops tennis shoes they have the sizes on the back corrisponding to age group, size 1 =3-6 months 2=6-9 months 3=9-12 etc... my girl is just a little elfin so thats why she fits into those shoes i hope that it helps, but i do think that seeing a kids shoe shop will help you but remember that soft soles- you can bend shoes any which way- for the first 12 weeks or so as they need to adapt to the shoes havng your child in hard sole is not going to help the situation and your now walker will have issues with her feet walking properly in shoes

Nicole - posted on 12/03/2010

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I've found them at Wal-Mart. They have tennis shoes and today I saw their winter boots had them too. It's great!

Hayley - posted on 12/03/2010

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Where on earth do you find shoes with windows on the bottom. I totally want a pair. I've seen the Target ones and the kids shoe stores have ones with lines on the bottom you put up to their feet but never windows!

Nicole - posted on 12/03/2010

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I would make sure you have soft sole shoes to begin with. They are more flexible for the feet. We always put socks on my daughter's feet when she wore shoes. Just remember everything is an adjustment and she should get used to it. When she is a little older or better on her feet, I found shoes that have a window on the bottom so you can see where the toes are to see how the shoe fits. I've even found winter boots like it too! That way I can see if the shoes are too big or getting small on her. Good luck

Hayley - posted on 12/03/2010

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If she's just starting to walk in shoes she may just be struggling with how they feel on her feet. However, I'd suggest going to a good shoe store that specializes in children's shoes to have her measured properly for well fitted shoes. You could call your ped for a suggestion on a shoe store he'd suggest.

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