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The Best Baby Shoe Brands – The Top 3 Shoe Brands to Help your Baby Walk!

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I have written about the best shoe brands for toddlers and older children, and now parents want to know which are the best shoe brands for babies.

I have been working for a children’s shoe store for the last 10 years now, and we specialize in fitting children with special foot needs, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted hundreds of babies for their first pair of shoes, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles fit better than others.

There is a common misconception among parents when they assume that as soon as they provide their babies with their first pair of shoes, their babies will start walking immediately. This is simply not true. In fact, the opposite might happen as when you put the first pair of shoes on your babies’ feet, they lose the sense that they had to the ground and it takes them a little longer to start walking on their own.

Babies use their toes to grasp the floor and feel more confident every time they take a step, and it is true that once you put their first pair of shoes, they lose that sense, but they do receive important sensory information from the soles of the shoes.There are certain first walking shoe styles that come with sensory pods in the bottom to allow the baby to feel the ground. That is why I am always emphasizing to parents the importance of providing their babies with the correct pair of first walking shoes.

I have been contacted by several parents who don’t have a local children’s shoe store in their area and they all seem to have one question in common:

What are the best baby shoe brands?

There are 3 shoe brands that have proven to be the most consistent ones in the type of shoes that they manufacture for their babies. These 3 shoe brands make lightweight and flexible shoes, made from high quality materials and that are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.

I have noticed how most babies have wide or extra wide feet. This is something that you need to keep in mind as it’s really important to provide your baby with shoes that don’t constrict toe movement, since babies exercise their feet by wiggling their toes.

Let’s  keep your babies’ feet healthy by providing them with the correct type of shoes, and in this article I will describe the top 3 shoe brands for babies who are learning how to walk. I will also provide you with a selection of the best shoe styles among those brands.

What makes these shoe brands so special?

They offer shoes that are engineered specifically for babies who are learning how to walk, and the shoes are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.

Please remember that shoes for a baby who is learning how to walk must come with soft soles, as they are better for muscle development.

Shoes For Babies Learning To Walk

Number 1: Stride Rite ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stride Rite makes the best shoes for babies who are learning how to walk. This shoe company is my first choice as they design and engineer footwear specifically to meet the needs of growing babies.

I usually fit a baby who is still learning how to walk in a pair of what I call “transition shoes,” as the shoes are engineered to help your baby balance and the soles also provide important sensory information. I call them “transition shoes” because they help make that transition from crawling or moving from side to side to fully walking.

Stride Rite makes baby shoes that are durable but also lightweight, and has been creating quality footwear designed specifically for kids since 1919.

There are certain shoe styles among this brand that provide sensory pods, and remember how I stated the importance of this feature as it allows babies to feel the ground and feel more confident when walking.

Stride Rite is approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development.

Among this shoe brand there are certain shoe styles that are better than others. That is the reason why I put together a selection of the best Stride Rite shoes for babies who are learning how to walk:.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

This is hands down the best shoe brand for babies who have wide or extra wide feet.

Some parents ask me what other options they have aside to Stride Rite, as they want shoes to look more fashionable or simply have a broader selection of shoes to choose from for their babies. This bring us to our next best two shoe brands for babies: Pediped and See Kai Run.

Number 2: Pediped ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have been fitting Pediped for the last 5 years, and what I like the most about this shoe brand is how well their shoes fit and the high quality materials that the shoes are made of.

Pediped shoes are approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development.

All Pediped new walker shoes feature leather soles that provide ultimate flexibility and lasting quality. The soles of their shoes come with a new tread that is more slip resistant yet still crafted completely of high-quality, non-toxic leather that will allow your babies little toes to move, grip, and feel the floor. Remember how important it is to not constrict toe movement and prevent your babies’ toes from overlapping or rubbing against each other.

The biggest downside to this shoe brand is that they don’t offer babies shoes in extra wide widths. I recommend this shoe brand for babies who have medium to wide feet, but if your baby has extra wide feet, I recommend that you stick to Stride Rite.

Below you can find a selection of the best Pediped shoe styles for babies who are learning how to walk. 

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

See Kai Run ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Parents love the shoe brand See Kai Run, as they make some of the most fashionable and comfortable baby shoesSee Kai Run shoes are healthy for developing feet.

They make lightweight shoes with wide openings, easy on and off closure and flexible gripping outsoles which are perfect for safe and secure early play.

Their shoes come with a flexible rubber outsole that provides traction and durability for early steps,which is great for outdoor use and allows little feet to flex in all the right places.

What I love the most about their shoe styles is how they come with a generous toe-box that provides room for healthy foot development.

The biggest downside is that they also don’t offer shoes in extra wide widths. If your baby has medium to wide feet, then you should definitely try this shoe brand, but if your baby has extra wide feet, I will recommend that you stick to Stride Rite.

Below you can find a selection of the best See Kai Run shoe styles for babies who are learning how to walk. 

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

Now that you know which are the best baby shoe brands, you are ready to make the most informed decision.

Before you leave, I wanted to remind you that socks play a key role in keeping your babies healthy.

The Best Baby Socks – Seamless and Breathable!

I always explain to parents how socks play a key role in keeping their babies’ feet healthy as they act as a barrier between their babies’ feet and the shoes.

I recommend parents to provide their babies with seamless socks, as they are the most effective ones in allowing your babies’ toes to freely move and won’t constrict toe movement.

Socks prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes and also prevent the formation of blisters by cushioning your babies’ feet.

Those are the reasons why I am always emphasizing to parents to have their babies always wear socks with their shoes. I have put together a selection of the best baby socks that are  soft, seamless, and breathable:

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Now that you know which are the best shoe brands for babies and the best styles among those brands, you can keep their feet and legs healthy.

Do you have a favorite shoe brand for a baby who is learning how to walk?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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 kids feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

 

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