what shoes do you recommend as first shoes?good for tiny feet just starting to walk?

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My baby is just starting to cruise, but i'm thinking it won't be long before he wants to walk everywhere and so far he's never worn shoes!!! i'm not sure of what kind/brand to buy that will not hurt his feet or his development... recommendations?


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Rosemary - posted on 03/26/2010




shoes with soft soles that won't fall off easily, Walmart, Payless. Although I think barefoot in the house is best.

Nikki - posted on 03/25/2010




Christy is correct no shoes are best where it is possible it helps them develop their spatial awareness and balance, it is also much safer when learning to walk on different surfaces and when they are learning to climb, in saying that you will need shoes if your going out and about, so I would recommend actually going to a specialised shoe store and to get him correctly fitted by a professional, they will be able to help with arch support etc. Good luck, hope this helped.

Christy - posted on 03/25/2010




I read somewhere that the best new shoes for a baby learning to walk is no shoes at all. They say that it helps them learn because they can "grip" the ground and kind of feel where they are going. My boys only wore shoes when they were outside once they first started walking and I got them whatever kind had the best arch support and stable soles. You can tell by how they are walking whether or not they are good shoes. if he stumbles too much or acts like he doesn't like walking in them, then they aren't any good. If he seems to only be stumbling because he is still learning, but seems to enjoy getting up and trying again, I'd say you have found good shoes!

Amy - posted on 03/25/2010




I got my boys soft soled shoes, like Robeez. They have a generic version at Target. Though in your home, he shouldn't need shoes.

I'm a big believer that they need to be able to feel their whole foot, including their toes. They don't need a harder sole until they are walking pretty independently, at about age 2.5 or 3.

Kristin - posted on 03/25/2010




Mine were in Robeez and moccasins initially. Then some Stride Rites once they got more proficient/stable. Now that they are bigger, I've got them in Converse Chuck Taylors, the canvas ones. They've got a good soft, flexible sole and stand up to sidewlks for a season.

I made the moccasins for my boys and I think you can find patterns for them on-line. Just a thought.

I only used any of these when outside in a space I was unsure of; like chemicals, animals, etc.. Otherise they were barefoot.

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thanks for all your responses!! Stride Rites sound good and so does that clarks store!! AND walmart jajaja.., the thing is i live in mexico and neither of the first two are here and walmart is, but we get mostly mexican baby stuff and i'm not liking their shoes these days.. my husband and i are flying to san francisco in a few days maybe i can get something there too bad baby is not coming with, he won't get to have them fitted.. do you guys think that if i "draw" his feet i'll get the right size or should i not even try?

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Barefeet as much as possible! Stride Rite makes a pretty good soft shoe if he needs to have some for going out and about.

Jessica - posted on 03/25/2010




When my son started walking I went to stride rite and had him fitted for some shoes. They had flexible soles and were just like walking in bare feet. Perfect for first time walkers.

Zoe - posted on 03/25/2010




not sure where your from but in the uk its best to go to the shoe shop 'clarks'. they measure your childs feet and find the perfect fit also they do shoes called 'cruisers' and they are made to support your child when cruising around furniture before they are actually walking.

Tracey - posted on 03/25/2010




its been years since i have really looked for these shoes, but walmart has a pair of shoes in the infant/toddler section its a light weight shoe that has almost like bumps for the the sole of the shoe. my daughter was a late walker but i got her those shoes and they helped her out a lot.

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