What kind of shoes do you buy for toddlers?
Katie - posted on 02/10/2010
I go to wal-mart but I normally get a shoe a half to a full size large for my little girl. Because you know how kids grow and I don't see spending that much money on shoes they will not be able to wear in 6 months to 1 year later.. But they is me!!
Crystal - posted on 02/10/2010
I go to targett and buy my sons shoes there. but for his dressy shoes i go to babiesrus and some good place where i will spend xtra money for good shoes. but i don't see the point in spending good money on play shoes when they are only going to grow out of them in a few months. My sons feet grow like crazy so im buying new shoes almost every month and half.
C. - posted on 02/10/2010
My mom always bought Stride Right, but I have yet to buy any shoes for my son. My MIL has bought quite a few pairs (he's the first grandchild on my husband's side, so they kind of spoil him). Some from WalMart and some from Target, and they are all pretty good as far as cushioning and everything, and they flex well, too. My husband bought an expensive pair of toddler shoes for my son for Christmas, some skater brand I think.. They don't flex as well as the cheaper brands, so it's harder for my son to walk in them, but they aren't bad in the cushioning department. All in all, you can pay a lot or a little for a pair of toddler shoes, but paying more doesn't mean you are getting the best shoe. You just have to look around.
Erin - posted on 02/09/2010
I think shoes that provide good support and flexible for their feet are vital when your child starts to walk. They need good ankle support and protection. The proper development of a child's bones and muscles is very important for their overall health. Doctors recommend it too.
Trish - posted on 02/09/2010
honestly when my kids started to walk, I didnt bother with shoes, I let thier feet do thier own thing, and put them in footed suits, then when theyre up and going I just bought the foam soled strappy sandals coz in Australia it is too hot for much else lol! The foam soles shape to the kids feet and allow them to be themselves and because kids grow outta shoes before they break them I dont see a point to spending large amounts on shoes. It is a personal opinion really but I think that as long as you dont use other kids shoes then you cant go wrong :)
We get our kids Wal-Mart shoes until they stop growing so fast! Our middle daughter turned 2 in October, and we just bought her some nicer shoes (Sketchers light up ones) right before Christmas. We keep her cheaper ones for dirty playtime (i.e. helping in the garden), but she wears her slightly more expensive Sketchers pretty much all the time and they haven't worn out yet! The ones from Wal-Mart would have to be replaced by now since they simply don't hold up to the active lifestly my daughter partakes in! :)
Our 1 year old, however, has shoes from Wal-Mart and she's fine. She's had them for about a month now, and they're holding up well. Of course, she's not walking on her own yet (she's trying though!), but I think the cheaper shoes are fine for now.
Our 7 year-old gets new Sketchers every 6 months, whether she needs them or not. It's more for the changing seasons that anything else (our summers are VERY hot and our winters are VERY rainy) - but I think it's also 'cause her dad's a shop-a-holic! :P
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