Shoes for a new walker

Ashley - posted on 09/03/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son just started walking and he is getting better and better!! He needs to wear shoes..I have different pairs of soft sole tennis shoes (my doctor recommened something like a tennis shoe not the hard bottoms)..is there a particular one you use or not? I hate to spend $50 on shoes that he will just grow out of so fast. My first son I believe we just got him a pair of new balance for his first walking shoes..

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Jenee - posted on 09/03/2010

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Truthfully it is better for your baby to go bare foot ( around the house ) then to wear shoes. Since walking barefoot helps the muscles in your babies foot develop and strengthen. If you are going out side and your baby is going to walk then it is a different story. We bought soft sole shoes from Target ( they were around $12 )and they worked great. We had a pair of Stride Rites and my son got sick all over them. We couldn't get the smell out. They are just too expensive for something like this to happen.



Also check to see if there is a Once Upon A Child in your area ( they are all over the US, if that is where you are from ). They are a very nice used children's clothing store. They have some nice gently used shoes there. They had a pair of Stride Rites ( which got for $50 brand new ) for $10.

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Sharon - posted on 09/03/2010

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Also try squeaky shoes. You can get them on-line for a reasonable amount of cash and they encourage children to walk heel-toe, also you can ALWAYS find them, and most of the time they love the sound so much they actually leave them on their feet.

Ashley - posted on 09/03/2010

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Thanks for the advice. He has some some soled tennis shoes sandals he can wear. Inside the house I have in barefoot and at daycare he is in socks and sometimes shoes. Now when we go out somewhere or outside he ALWAYS has showes on. No doubt about that. If he wants to walk outdoors he has shoes on.

Jenee - posted on 09/03/2010

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Amrryl - I would not in any way shape or form allow my son outside barefoot. You never know what is on the ground. My son is always wearing shoes outside if he is going to walk. I would also not let my son walk around a store barefoot.

Amryl - posted on 09/03/2010

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO shoes inside or even oout side if it is not wet or raining then a pair of slippers are fine it is not good for babies to learn to walk with a pair of shoes, when it is raining and he wants to go out side then only a pair of verrrrrrrry soft soled shoes hehehe good luck with the little one walking now mine is doing the same and it so exciting to see this little baby turn into a littlle boy.

Heidi - posted on 09/03/2010

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Target has great shoes for new walkers, they are called Ministar, they look kinda like a moccasin but way cuter with different designs, they are the more affordable version of Robeez that can be found at Stride Rite stores. My daughter is far from walking, but my nephew had these shoes because he had a hard time walking with shoes on and he docor recommended them because they are good for protecting their feet but still allow them to feel the floor and move their toes.

JuLeah - posted on 09/03/2010

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No need to spend that much. Soft bottomed shoes he can move his feet in. He needs to learn to balance on his feet and can't do that in shoes too tight. Just something to protect his little feet, but no shoes as often as poss.

Alison - posted on 09/03/2010

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I tend to believe that the barefoot is best. However, if you want to follow your doctor's advice, I read that even the cheap tennis shoes are pretty good. The sports shoe companies are the ones who invest the most in R&D.

Kate CP - posted on 09/03/2010

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Yea, I never put shoes on my toddler unless we went out. I always had her in those socks with the rubber grip bottoms. It's better for their feet, legs, posture, and balance to go bare foot as much as possible.

Katie - posted on 09/03/2010

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How old is your son? I think my daughter had the soft ones for a while but mostly the hard bottoms. Just try both out and see which ones he does better in. Target and even Famous Footwear have very good shoes that aren't that expensive. I bought a pair for my daughter for under $15. There is no way I would spend $50 on a baby that will grow out of them in a few months or less.

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