Do you always have a hard time putting your baby shoes on? Are you always struggling and feel like you need to shove the shoes on and even then, you are not completely sure they are fitting correctly?
I have been contacted by several parents who explain me how frustrating it is having to waste so much time putting their babies shoes on.
There might be two reason why you are struggling to put the shoes on:
- The shoes are not wide enough: Most babies have wide or extra wide feet, and if you fit them in a pair of shoes that are too narrow you will have a hard time getting the shoes on. There are several baby shoe styles available in wide and extra wide widths, but some of them are deeper and come with a rounder toe-box, and I will help you find them.
- The shoes don’t open up widely: It’s important to find shoes that allows you to open them up widely, in order to be able to easily slide your baby’s feet inside the shoes. Let me show you what I mean with an image that shows an example of a baby shoe that opens up widely:
I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes since I have worked at a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years. We specialize in fitting children’s shoes and orthotics, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I know which are the best shoe brands for children and the best shoe styles among those brands.
There is a particular shoe style that has proven to be the easiest to put on a baby’s foot, since it comes with a zipper that will allow you to open up the shoe widely. Let me show you what I mean:
This shoe style that I have fitted before will practically slide on your baby’s feet and that is why it’s loved by most parents. Do you notice how nice and wide the shoes open? This will allow you to put your babies’ shoes without having to waste time and struggle every time.
There are other several features that makes this shoe style one of the best ones for a baby that is learning how to walk, and I will describe them shortly.
The main issue with this particular shoe style is that it will not fit a baby with extra wide feet. I have other shoe styles in mind that I have fitted before for babies with extra wide feet and I will show them to you as well.
Before I show you a selection of the easiest baby shoes, let’s take a look at what features these shoe styles will provide to your baby’s feet and how you can make sure that you provide your baby with the correct shoe size.
What Features Will This Shoe Style Provide? – Let’s Find Out!
The shoes I will describe below will offer the following features:
- Comfort: The large and wide toe-box will allow your babies toes to move and grow freely. Did you know that when baby’s wiggle their toes that is their natural way of exercising their feet? This leads to a healthy foot development. The shoes are also extremely lightweight ensuring a barefoot feeling and allowing your baby to feel the ground when walking.
- Flexibility: The thin moldable rubber outsoles allow your baby for natural movement but are solid enough to protect the feet and prevent slipping.
- Breathability: Did you know that baby’s feet sweat approx. 2-3 times more than an adult’s foot? These shoe styles let air in and allow moisture out, helping your baby’ feet stay dry, cool and healthy.
- Hand made: These shoe styles are made in Europe and handcrafted from a high quality breathable material.
What several parents agree on is how these baby shoes really have a unique design that is different from everything else they have seen before. This shoe style will not only save you time and avoid frustrations, it will keep your babies’ feet healthy at the same time!
It doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to your baby’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
I always advice to parents how they must take their kids to their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly. However, I get contacted by parents daily explaining me how they don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in their area and must get their kids’ shoes online.
If you are one of those parents start by reading an I article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features a good baby shoe must provide and how to make sure that your baby is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at the best shoe style for parents who always struggle to put their babies’ shoes on.
Easy To Put On Baby Shoes – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoes that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell the amount of support that the shoes provide, how well-made they are, and how they fit.
The shoe style that I will describe below will fit a child with a medium or wide width foot. It’s important to understand that this shoe style won’t fit a child with extra wide feet.
These are by far the easiest shoes you will ever put on your babie’s feet. You will love how effortless it will be to put your baby shoes on and you will end up saving a lot of time.
Here you can find the easiest shoe style to put on a baby:
These shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your babies with a “half a size” longer of the size that they measured at the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a baby that needs a pair of extra wide shoes, you can find a selection of the best shoe styles for babies with extra wide feet in an article I wrote called:
The Best Socks for Babies – Seamless and Breathable!
Before you leave I want you to keep in mind that the socks play a key role in keeping your baby’s feet healthy. They act as a barrier between your babies’ feet and the shoes, and prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes as well as the formation of blisters.
There are certain type of socks that are seamless and these kind of socks are the ones most recommended for babies and toddlers, since they don’t constrict toe movement. Remember that babies move their toes as a way of exercising their feet.
IMPORTANT TIP: Don’t provide your babies with gripper socks when they are wearing shoes, the grippers will stick to the bottom of the sole of the shoe and prevent your baby’s toes from moving freely.
Gripper socks are great for a baby that is walking at home without shoes, but your baby should never wear gripper socks when wearing shoes.
I have put together a selection of the best seamless and breathable socks for babies:
Now that you know which are the easiest shoes to put on a baby and the key role that socks play in keeping your babies’ feet healthy, you are ready to make the most informative decision.
If you need any other type of shoes such as every day, summer, winter, or sport shoes, you can find them all in a tool I created which lets you filter by the type of shoes that you need. This tool is extremely valuable since it will show you shoes in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. I also tell you exactly how each shoe style is cut (short, long, narrow, or wide) and will let you filter by the instep of your child’s foot. You can even find shoes that will accommodate an orthotic. You can find that tool here:
Do you happen to have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily asking me if I know about a good children’s shoe store in their area. If you happen to have one, please let us know in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.