Robeez Baby Shoes- Shoes Or No Shoes?

Baby Boy Robeez

What Are Robeez And What Is Their Main Purpose?

Robeez are a leather covering for a child’s foot. The covering allows children to feel the floor with their toes through the leather sole, helping them gain their balance. When a child starts to learn how to walk and stand, he uses his toes to get his balance. Robeez shoes carry the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) seal of approval and are recommended by most pediatricians.

Most pediatricians and shoe fitters recommend having your child walk barefoot or with a pair of Robeez inside the house. This is the best thing we can do to promote healthy foot and leg development. Using a pair of Robeez is the closest thing to being barefoot, since your child will still be able to feel the floor.

Before moving further with this post, I want to clarify that Robeez are great shoes for pre-walkers. When a baby starts walking, it is time to provide them with a more substantial shoe that has a thicker sole. Did you know that Robeez baby shoes are one of the most popular pre-walker shoes in the market? Throughout this post, I will describe the best shoes for babies that are learning how to walk!

When To Start Wearing Robeez? – Barefoot Is Always Best!

There is a common question among parents when it comes to baby shoes: Are firm, semi-flexible or soft-flexible shoes best for my baby?

This is a really common question I get at the store and parents often hear competing suggestions. Physical therapists and pediatricians tend to agree that soft sole shoes are most appropriate for children in their first few years of life. Flexibility is the most important feature of the shoe when children are developing their arch and they don’t have the strength to bend a harder sole.

Baby Walking Shoes

If babies are not walking on their own, they should wear Robeez or go barefoot. Robeez imitates bare feet by supporting, not restricting, tiny growing feet. The foot needs to be unrestricted so it can function properly.

Robeez are soft, flexible soled shoes, which is exactly what your children need when they are crawling and learning how to walk. Keep in mind that babies, unlike older children, lack the body weight and step-thrust power to bend a firmer sole. Hence, the importance of a lightweight, flexible shoe.

Since babies feet tend to sweat a lot, several parents at the shoe store I work for have asked me if shoes should be machine washable at this stage. A baby shoe needs to be breathable, not necessarily washable. Leather baby shoes are best, as leather is breathable and durable.

Should Robeez Be Worn Inside Or Outside The House?

Robeez state that their shoes are appropriate not only for cruising inside the house, but also for outdoor activities. I strongly disagree with that statement since the sole only has a single layer of leather that will not offer enough foot protection for your child when walking on asphalt, small pebbles, mulch, sticks, or other type of objects.

If your child is going to be crawling outside the house, then you must provide him/her with a lightweight and flexible shoe that has a thicker sole. The shoe should be flexible enough that your children will be able to bend it with every step he/she takes. I wrote a post where I describe the best first walking shoes for children. The post is called: 

First Walking Shoes – Picking The Perfect First Shoes

If your child is going to be outside, but in the stroller, then Robeez are great because they will keep his/her feet warm!

Robeez Shoes Infants

Should Robeez Have Grippers On The Bottom?

Yes! Grippers will help your child feel more stable when walking on hardwood or tile floors. A non-skid bottom may cause the first walker to stop short and fall forward, while a smooth sole will slide and cause the child to slip and fall backwards. The suede outsole prevents slipping!

Please REMEMBER this: As soon as your child starts learning how to walk and is wearing shoes, DON’T get him/her socks with grippers. Did you know that babies tend to move and wiggle their toes a lot? This is their way of strengthening their feet.

That is why is it so IMPORTANT that the shoes and the socks don’t restrict this toe movement. Socks play a huge role for our babies’ feet, getting the right sock size has the same importance as getting the correct shoe size. Did you know that seamless socks are best for growing babies?

I wrote a post where I describe the best socks for children and why it is important to get them the right size. The post is called:

The Importance Of Wearing Socks – Grippers Or No Grippers?

Shoes For Babies Learning How To Walk

How Can I Tell What Size of Robeez My Child Needs?

This season, the Robeez leather shoes assortment has expanded. They come in sizes by months. Remember that is important for the shoe to be fitted with ample room in order to allow for the free movement of the foot and the toes inside the shoe.

If you have read my previous post, you should know by now that every child’s feet grow at a different rate.

It is always harder to purchase shoes that only go by the age of the child, since your child’s feet could be larger or smaller than the average babies. That is the main reason I always recommend going to your local children’s shoe store to measure your child’s feet. However, if you do not have a shoe store that you trust in the area, Robeez developed a an easy-to-use Foot Sizing Chart which is explained below.

Robeez Chart

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My Baby Keeps Trying To Take His Shoes Off!

This can be due to the shoe being too small, or too big. It can also be that the child is not happy with the idea of having something on their feet. Most of the time I fit a baby for their first pair of walking shoes, they immediately try to pull them off either with their hands or with their feet. This is totally normal. Oh, and they will scream too!

Parents always seem to struggle when it comes to their babies keeping their shoes on. The good news is that Robeez are easy to put on and have elastic at the ankle so the child can’t get them off easily. The elasticized ankle cord keeps them on no matter how much your little one tries to pull them off! I have heard from several different parents how their child was kicking off their booties or socks and this stopped as soon as they put Robeez on their baby’s feet!

Popular Question Parents Ask: Is My Child Flat-Footed?

When parents bring their babies to the store to have their feet measured for a pair of Robeez, they always seem to ask the same question: Are my babies feet flat? They might appear to be flat because MOST babies have a fat pad for protection, where the arch area is, on the foot.

Children’s arches start to develop around 18 months of age. In order to allow your baby’s feet to develop as naturally as possible, do NOT put shoes on the baby until they can stand and balance on their own to take a few steps around the house. Barefoot is best for the first year of life.

Below you can find a selection of the best Robeez shoes for babies!

Your child’s foot development is extremely important, especially at an early age. You can trust Robeez shoes to not only be fashion oriented, but appropriate for your baby’s healthy foot development!

Is your child starting to stand and trying to take his first steps? Were you thinking of providing him with a a pair of Robeez? Does he already own a pair? Please share your thoughts and experiences so we can all benefit from them! I will continue to post informative articles penned by me that address important topics such as this one.


I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kid’s feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

14 Comments on Robeez Baby Shoes- Shoes Or No Shoes?

  1. Hi there,

    I haven’t heard of Robeez baby shoes until I came to your article. My daughter is barefoot at home most of the time and I only let her wear shoes outdoors. I am looking for shoes that would not hinder the arc of her feet as she is not very used to wearing shoes unless it feels “one” with her feet.

    • Pitin,

      What is the age of your daughter and is she walking yet? Robeez are meant to be used for cruising inside the house. Robeez imitates bare feet, by supporting, not restricting tiny growing feet. Remember that the foot needs to be unrestricted so it can function properly. If your daughter is already walking, then she needs a more substantial shoe when playing outside. Check this section to learn more about those type of shoes: Baby First Walking Shoes.

  2. As a guy without children and a granddad by association, I realize there is a lot I missed.

    That said, I thoroughly enjoyed your article about Robeeze shoes for babies. The pictures are adorable too.

    I was speaking with a new mother just this morning. She’s overwhelmed by all she’s facing, which is understandable. This site will so helpful to her. I’m sending her the link now.

    • Horton,

      I hope your friend finds this information helpful. There is a lot of missinformation when it comes to footwear for babies.

  3. This website is very informative. It was good to read about different shoes and stages of walking that the baby goes through. Having young children it made me look forward to the walking years up to come but you have to crawl before you walk! I also like the recommendations of shoes for others. Looking at this site helps me envision how to market and set up content for my site when it comes to product advertisement. I really enjoyed this site. Keep up the great work.

    • I try to inform the parents about everything related to their babies shoes, so they can make the most informative decision. There is a lot of misinformation out there, and if you do not have a shoe store that you trust, you will pretty much be on your own when purchasing shoes for your baby.

  4. Hi there,

    I do not have any kids right now (THANK GOD) but if I did this would be a helpful article. Thank you for sharing your opinions on these shoes. It will definitely give consumers some help if they are considering buying these shoes. If I ever have any kids I will have to check back to this article, but for now i’m planning on owning a bulldog and having that be my pride and joy.

    • Lucas,

      I am glad that you found the website informative. I feel like it will inform the parents so they can make the most informative decisions when purchasing shoes for their children. My goal is to be able to answer every single question a parents might have about their children’s feet.

  5. I wish I knew about these shoes for my 2 year old boy about a year ago. He definitely wasn’t a big fan of anything on his feet. Even now it’s a struggle to keep socks on him. The only shoes he seems to really y enjoy are crocks.

    But it’s good to know about this option. So thanks for sharing it!

    • A lot of children seem to love Crocs. I think they like the roomy fit they provide, and the fact that they can slip them on and off so easily. I hope your child is not wearing them for too many hours, since they do not provide the appropriate support to be worn as an everyday shoe. You can inform yourself more about Crocs here: Crocs For Children

  6. What a great post, and in perfect time for me!
    we go barefoot in the house all the time and plan to let our 3rd baby toddle about in barefeet as much as possible – I agree it is so important.
    i didn’t know that gripper socks were not such a good thing and that baby’s feet sweat a lot!!

    • Alice,

      Gripper socks are great if they are worn for what they are meant to be, inside socks without the shoes. The issue with gripper socks come when we put a shoe in, and then the grippers get stuck to the bottom of the shoe and don’t allow our kids toes to freely move.

  7. Hi, I have a question, i just bought Robeez shoes for my 8 month old son, they are so cute! Should he wear socks with this shoes or put Robeez shoes barefoot? Thanks a lot

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