What kind of shoes do you buy for toddlers?

Evelina - posted on 02/09/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Would you pay a little more to get good shoes or do you think Target or Walmart are good enough? Would you spend a little extra for infant shoes? I found a store online selling a wide selection of infant/toddler shoes but cannot decide what to get. Any help will be appreciate.
If you want to check out that store it's http://www.shoesforlittlefeet.com

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Cynthia - posted on 02/09/2010

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Depending on the age and development of your child.. at the crawling and cruising (walking while holding on to something) i would recommend soft soled shoes that have rubber tips (the rubber tips are great for crawlers helps them keep traction) and you can find these at Wal-mart for sure and for a good price.

for older children having already learned how to walk i would HIGHLY recommend the "geranamals" (cant recall spelling its pronounced "Grr-Animals") hard soled shoes you can find them at any Wal-Mart and they are cheap, they last a good while and the fits are nice for toddler feet. they also have an assortment of fun designs like baby loafers, cow-boy boots and pretty frilly shoes for girls along with the typical tennies.

with shoes for young children the inexpensive shoes are the best way to go unless your loaded lol they all grow so fast and older toddlers tend to trash their shoes in a hurry.

good luck!

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Kim - posted on 02/10/2010

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I bought Stride Rite for the first yr of walking or so. They did a great job measuring and finding a good shoe. I find it hard to really know if a shoe fits a little kid. Even now i have to ask my kids where their toes are because I can't really feel them thru the shoe. After that I bought from Payless.

Evelina - posted on 02/10/2010

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Katie,
Thank you for your reply. I did check out that site. It looks quite interesting. I have never seen or heard of these shoes - very interesting. The site where I was looking they offer shoes for children from 0-7 y.o. or so. They carry many brands that I heard are very good quality and popular among parents. I guess I just can't make up my mind on what brand to buy. I heard Rileyroos are very good for walkers and so are Umi - those are super cute but a bit more expensive. I agree you can't get good quality shoes at Walmart or Target and they are not that cheap there. For a little more money you can get real leather and stylish shoes. I think I might order something from that store, they have free shipping and 10% off special right now. If anyone is interested it's http://www.shoesforlittlefeet.com

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My husband has worked in the Skateboard industry and has recently worked for Nike. We have tons of little baby and toddler skate shoes and Nikes and those types of shoes are fine for 2 and up, but I don't feel like they're a very good choice for beginner walkers. My son does not like walking in any of those shoes. I think for 2 and under it's better to go with a shoe that is made specifically for a baby/toddler and not just a miniature version of an adult shoe.

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We currently own the best pairs of shoes my kiddos have EVER had. They do tend to be a little more pricey though.



My 2.5 year old son has a pair of lace-up Vans skate shoes.

My 5 year old daughter has a pair of lace-up DC skate shoes.



They are extremely well made, and have already outlasted any pair of Wal-Mart shoes we've ever bought.



I should add that when my kiddos were babies, we didn't really bother with shoes, especially when they were learning to walk. In warmer months (and indoors) they were always either barefoot or in socks. In cooler weather I loved using Stonz Booties (my absolute FAVORITE baby product ever invented!).

Adriana - posted on 02/10/2010

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My son started to walk before he was one. My mother bought him a pair of every expensive walking shoes while on vacation in Europe. He hated them, my pediatrician said to let him walk barefoot or in socks but when you're outside i wanted something on his feet. The best purchase i made was a pair of Pumas. They have very flexible rubber bottoms and they were suede so they wer soft on his feet but laced up and stayed on his feet. Those were the shoes he learned to walk in. The pumas were about $25 per pair which compared to the price of walking shoes at places like stride right is very inexpensive and available at Kids Foot Locker.

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My son started walking a week after his first birthday. He is now almost 14 months and I just bought him some proper outside walking shoes about 2 weeks ago. Up until this point he has been wearing soft soled shoes (like Robeez). And inside the house he is either in socks, slippers, or bare feet. Bare feet or as close to it as possible is what is recommend for proper development. But now that my son is walking really well and doing a good amount of outside walking on hard, rough surfaces, I felt the need to get him some good quality first walking shoes. I don't believe you can get really good toddler shoes at a place like Target or Walmart. That's just my opinion. I payed what some people might think is too much for my son's shoes. But they are really nice quality, he is comfortable in them and they don't make him walk any differently (like a hard soled, heavy, cheap toddler shoe does), and because of they way they fit I was able to get them a little on the big side without them being sloppy and ill-fitting. So even though I payed more than some might for a pair of kids shoes, I know they'll last a little longer than a cheaper pair. I didn't take a really good look at that link that you posted but I did have a look at the pages that lists the brands that they carry and I recognize some of the names. That site seems like it would be a good place to buy shoes for your little one. Here's a link to the website for the kind of shoes I bought my son...



http://www.gucioshoes.com/



Happy shoe hunting! :)

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My family buys all my daughter's shoes and most of them come from Target or Payless. But the best pair she has gotten has came from Stride Rite. They are perfect for learning to walk and she can't take them off.

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