First Walking Shoes Review

When is it time to get your baby his/her first pair of waking shoes ?

This has always been a controversial matter. I want you to ask yourself what would be the shoe for?

When the child has begun to lift itself and stand on his own power (this is somewhere between the seventh and tenth month) then it might be time to get them their first pair of walking shoes.I feel like a shoe is needed for protection, if you are taking your child to the playground, the mall, or any outdoor activity where he/she wants to be part of this might be a good time to get him/her their first pair of walking shoes.

Boy's Stride Rite

Style: Stride Rite SRT SM Dawson Rubber Flat
Price: $39.00 – $40.00 & FREE Returns.
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (100%)
Rating: 9.2 out of 10

This style features:

  • Leather and Canvas
  • Rubber sole
  • Rounded edges to decrease stumbles and falls
  • Elastic laces

The baby’s shoe has one fundamental function: to provide a simple protective housing for the foot to allow the foot to “walk” and develop in its own natural way. This style features deep flex grooves that enables babies natural movements, and a lightweight outsole allow them learn to adapt to uneven surfaces.


Baby Girl Sneakers

Style: Stride Rite SRT SM Bambi Sneaker
Price: $30.20 – $42.00 & FREE Returns
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (80%)
Rating: 9.2 out of 10

This style features:

  • Leather
  • Rubber sole
  • Rubber Outsole
  • Lightweight
  • Stride Rite – Trusted Brand

The fitting of infant’s shoes is very different from the fitting of feet in any other age category. The foot is different, the shoes are different and the customer is different. A baby’s foot grows at a phenomenal rate: faster during those first three years than at any other time in life.This shoe has a lightweight outsole that will allow the child to bend it with every step, and rounded edges that will decrease stumbles and falls .


 

Baby Boy Shoes

Style: Stride Rite SRT SM Artie Sneaker (Infant/Toddler)
Price:$36.95 – $41.99 & FREE Returns
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (86%)
Rating: 9.2 out of 10

This shoe features:
  • Leather
  • Manmade sole
  • Fit: True to Size
  • Upper: Leather
  • Features of this item include: SRT, Sensory Response Technology

One of the downsizes of fitting a child in their first pair of shoes is that the child loses the sense they had to the ground so it takes them longer to adjust. This particular style has a Sensory Response Technology TM that helps mimic barefoot walking by having sensory pods on the outsole to help kids feel the ground. The flexible and lightweight outsole helps kids learn to adapt to uneven surfaces.


Boy Baby ShoesStyle: Stride Rite SRT SM Dawson Boat Shoe (Infant/Toddler)
Price:$32.88 – $66.47 & FREE Returns
Cheapest Place to Buy:Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (84%)
Rating: 9.5 out of 10

This shoe features:

  • Leather and Textile
  • Manmade sole
  • Rounded edges to reduce stumbling and falls
  • Flex grooves for natural movement

Please remember the importance of providing your child with the right shoe size since in order to decrease stumbles and falls. This style features deep flex grooves that enables babies natural movements, and a lightweight outsole allow them learn to adapt to uneven surfaces. The breathable mesh lining will allow their feet to breathe, which is an important feature consider how much babies feet tend to sweat compare to adult’s feet.


 

Baby Girl Dress ShoesStyle:Stride Rite SRT SM Jane Mary Jane (Infant/Toddler)
Price:$26.97 – $66.47 & FREE Returns on some sizes and colors.
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (85%)
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
This style features:
  • Leather
  • Manmade sole
  • Casual MJ

This is a black patent Mary Jane with hook and loop closure for easy on/off and adjust-ability. This style will provide you with the versatility of being her everyday shoe and it will work for when you have to dress her up. These shoes are durable, the black version won’t show the dirt, and will match everything.


Baby Girl First Walker Shoes
Style:Stride Rite SRT SM Medley Shoe (Infant/Toddler)
Price:$35.00 – $66.47 & FREE Returns on some sizes and colors
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (88%)
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
This style features:
  • Leather
  • Manmade sole
  • Early walker shoe with rounded sole unit breathable mesh panels
  • Mesh lining with odor-resisting treatment
  • Memory foam insole
  • Hook-and-loop strap

The Stride Rite brand is known for designing and engineering footwear that specifically meets the needs of growing children.This shoe has a lightweight outsole that will allow the child to bend it with every step, and rounded edges that will decrease stumbles and falls .


Baby Girl First Shoes

Style:Stride Rite SRT SM Savanah Mary Jane (Infant/Toddler)
Price:Price: $39.99 – $41.95 & FREE Returns
Cheapest Place to Buy:Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (93%)
Rating: 9.5 out of 10

This style features:

  • Leather
  • Rubber sole
  • Lightweight outsole for maximum flexibility
  • Rounded edges to decrease stumbles and falls
  •  Alternative closure with hook and loop for easy on/off and adjust-ability
  •  Memory foam insole for enhanced comfort

Stride Rite shoe materials and styles are carefully constructed to ensure that they pass their rigorous fit and wear testing process.


 

White Baby ShoesStyle:Stride Rite SRT SM Lynden Sandal (Infant/Toddler)
Price: $34.99 – $66.47 & FREE Returns on some sizes and colors.
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Fit: As expected (81%)
Rating: 9.0 out of 10

This style features:

  • Manmade
  • Manmade sole
  • Memory foam insole cradles and protects the foot
  • Rounded edges to decrease stumbles and falls
  • Deep flex grooves enables baby’s natural movement
  • Premium leather linings for breathability
  • Alternative closure with H&L for easy on and off and adjustability

This is a great style for those babies who live in areas of warm weather. It will allow their feet to breathe, and they can wear them as a dressy sandal.

 

Certainly contact me via e-mail or leave a comment below with further questions that I will most likely be able to answer.

18 Comments on First Walking Shoes Review

  1. Hi Juan. Your post on chidren shoes was a nice read. And knowing it comes from your close observance and teachings of 30 year veterans is even better. You are not out to just sell a hoe. You first ask what they are needed for. To me that speaks volumes

    • Debra,
      I am glad you found the post informative. I really love what I do, and the fact that I get to be surrounded by children makes my day.I will not let them walk out of the store with anything but the best fit for their feet.

  2. Just had a look at your site It is well laid out, written well and you have a good use of image. You have chosen a good niche that there will be a lot of interest in. I especially liked your article on baby’s first shoe. I agree that a child needs a good sturdy first shoe, I had 4 boys and they all had clarks shoes while they were small.

  3. Lovely shoes. It is just a pity they are so pricey for this age group, as they grow so quickly. But I suppose it is worth it for the protection of the long term health of their feet.

    I remember when my little one started to walk, she hated shoes and would kick them off. Today at nine she still prefers to walk bare footed.

    When we were younger, we also wore no shoes most of the time. Just shows how much the times have changed.

    • Michel,

      Baby’s feet grow at a phenomenal rate:faster during those first three years than at any other time in life and it can be expensive to keep up with their feet. However, I believe it is worth investing in a pair of good fitting shoes since at this stage the baby is trying to balance, we should him/her to take those early steps with SECURITY.

      We should also remember that we are dealing with a “beginning” foot, a foot barely formed and just starting in physical development. This is a precarious time for the family and the shoe fitter, and the chance for error yields pretty severe results.

      Thank you for sharing!

  4. Very good post. I find this very helpful none of my kids can wear these sizes anymore. But babies are born every day and i will share your post on all of my social media platforms to help others with small babies out there. I like the stylish approach of each shoe as well.

    • If you ever have a specific question, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Great read! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. I need to get my baby her first shoes but don’t really like the style or quality of Stride Rite shoes. Can you suggest any other brands for baby’s first pair of shoes? Thanks

    • Hello Mary,

      I would have to talk to the owner of the store first since I don’t feel comfortable revealing the store name without her approval. However, I am here to answer any questions you might have about your kids’feet!

  6. Thanks for this informative website!! LOVE IT!! My daughter is 18 months old. She’s been walking since 12 months. And now she’s running! Im getting worried that her pigeon toes/bow legs won’t correct as she grows older. At home and daycare, she’s barefoot or wears Robeez mocs. But im thinking I need to get her a very supportive pair of tennis shoes, that she should be wearing even indoors during the day. I see you have recommendations specifically for in-toeing, but because she is not yet 2, I’m not sure if I should get her a pair you recommend for “babies”, like the Stride Rite walkers OR if I should go for a pair of toddler Saucony’s. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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