I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now that focuses in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best first walking shoes for kids.
The fitting of baby 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.
I have fitted hundreds of babies for their first pair of waking shoes and I know which styles work best from having fitted and tested the shoes before.
The Best First Walking Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
When is the right time to get your baby his/her first pair of waking shoes ?
This has always been a controversial matter.
When babies begin to lift themselves and stand on their own power (this is somewhere between the seventh and tenth month), that’s about the right time to get them their first pair of walking shoes. The shoes at this point serve as a means for protection, for when you take them to the playground, the shopping mall, or any other outdoor activity that you might think of.
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.
The first walking shoes that I describe below are all lightweight, flexible and come with sensory pods on the bottom to help your baby feel more stable when taking those first steps.
Keep in mind that most babies have wide or extra wide feet, that is the reason why all of the shoes that I recommend below are available in wide (W) and extra wide widths (XW). Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
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