My son has been waking for 2 weeks now, when do I get Him, hard sole shoes?


Karlinda - posted on 11/10/2009




I would advise putting off hard sole shoes for as long as you can! babies are just like us and benefit from walking without shoes due to the extra stimulation they receive into their feet. we have a huge number nerves in our feet which help us to feel our environment and develop a proper sense of balance. we should allow a child's foot to develop naturally. Stiff shoes inhibit a baby's growing muscles from strengthening and balancing with the foot and leg. Learning to walk in bare feet is best for a baby's natural foot development. As a chiropractor i would recommend soft soled shoes (although the leather type can be a little more expensive) so they're protected and can still feel the ground around them, flex their feet, and grip with their toes.

Amy - posted on 11/10/2009




Personally I would start putting shoes on now...My daughter has been walking for about 3 months and I didn't put shoes on her since we were mostly home and it took me weeks to get her to wear them. She would stand there and cry when I put the shoes on her. I finally got her to wear thin soled dress shoes but she still don't like the heavy sneakers. However our doctor says that there is no evidence that shoes HELP them walk. Nor do they help with balance since a shoe is foreign to them it makes them unbalanced. Shoes are to keep the feet from getting hurt so don't believe that there are a special kind of walking shoe you have to get. Just get something that is flexible. Hope this helps good luck

Ashley - posted on 11/09/2009




i suggest getting him a pair of robeez tredz. they are the most awesome shoe. my son has a pair and he has nikes and other brands but the only ones he'll actually walk in are the robeez cuz they aren't stiff like the other shoes. i still put the others on him cuz he needs to learn to walk in them but when he was just starting i always did the robeez(he's been walking for 2 months now) you can get them at some stores or just go to


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Heather - posted on 11/13/2009




I got my kiddo his first shoes a few months ago when he started really cruising to wear at the playground, by the time he got to 95% walking (nearly 2 months now) he'd already grown into the next size - so definitely only buy 1 pair! My kid has huge feet (he's really tall too) so he's in a 6.5 already which is bigger than most soft-soles. We only wear them when we are outside or out shopping etc.... he's so good at walking that he wants to practice EVERYWHERE! I suggest getting some when you think your little one will be down when you are out - you'd be surprised how soon they want to push your cart.... just to protect their feet. It took Andy a good month to stop curling his toes & he still has to take a few steps to get used to shoes. I agree with the moms who said barefoot most of the time.

User - posted on 11/12/2009




soon as they walk,really important to buy a half size bigger.

have fun shopping!!;-)

Kathy - posted on 11/11/2009




For the sake of his foot development you should stick with softer soled shoes. No shoes is best, but obviously when you are going out you need his tootsies covered. All 4 of my kids were barefoot babies and walked for several months before using any type of hard shoes, had no issues transitioning to wearing shoes while walking (no stumbling at all or needing to "learn" how to walk in shoes). My 3rd child was in an actual "walking shoe" sooner than the rest, but that was strictly for ankle support, and recommended by her ped because of a muscular issue and how she was walking, not simply because she was walking . She used the traditional Stride Rite walkers, they have a nice FLEXIBLE sole and a higher top than most shoes to provide a good support to her ankles. Versus the good old fashioned hard soled walkers we grew up wearing.

Cathy - posted on 11/09/2009




I was against buying sneakers for my little girl, based on what I've read and researched, wanting her to walk barefooted as much as possible. After serious coaxing from my husband, we got her some (overpriced) Nike sneaks and she really seams to have better balance and more secure steps. I don't have anything to compare her developement to, based on the fact she's my first.

Allison - posted on 11/09/2009




I agree with Kylie as well. My understanding from my pediatrician is that the only purpose of shoes at this age is to protect their feet. If they need shoes for warmth or because they're walking outside, stick with the soft soled shoes. Otherwise, barefoot is best for foot development and for learning to walk more quickly.

Ginger - posted on 11/09/2009




Mine goes barefooted mostly. But from time to time I do soft-soled. Mostly when we are going places, I like to keep her feet warm now! But for the cold, I have boots w/ fur lol! Better for the cold!

Kylie - posted on 11/08/2009




Yeah I agree with Kylie. Baby's first shoes should be soft soled and its best to let him walk bared feet where ever possible. Bare feet are important for grip, balance development and learning about textures and their environment. Most shoe stores sell babies first shoes and they will be all soft leather with the flexible grippy bottoms.

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Quoting Hellen:

What I found was really good with both my boys are those hard sole flat shoes high on the ankles they aren't to pretty to look at but work great for balance making baby use whole foot when walking and keeping ankles steady to hold him up.

In my new mothers gourp we were told not to put them in shoes, but esp not these type of shoes, as they can damage developing feet and ankles. Babies don't need shoes, barefeet (socks if it is cold) is always best.

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Wearing no shoes is best for there development (I say this as an early childhood teacher). If you are going out, and they have to be on the ground use soft soled shoes. My son has been walking for a month, and has only ever worn shoes twice in his life. They don't need them.

Hellen - posted on 11/05/2009




as soon as you can because he can be so used to always walking as if he were barefoot that when you do use shoes he'll be real uncomfortable causing him to trip a more than the usual (this happened to my nephew) lol What I found was really good with both my boys are those hard sole flat shoes high on the ankles they aren't to pretty to look at but work great for balance making baby use whole foot when walking and keeping ankles steady to hold him up.

Kareena - posted on 11/04/2009




You should get them now. My doctor had told me that you get them as soon as they so signs of wanting to walk cause it helps with there balance and it takes them a while to get use to shoes.

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