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The Best Shoes for Toddler Boys – Supportive, Flexible, Lightweight, and Affordable!

Toddler Shoes

Is your toddler still learning how to walk or already walking? Depending on which phase your toddler is going through, you will need to adjust the type of shoes that you provide him with.

I will divide this article in two sections. The first section will describe the best shoes for toddler boys who are learning how to walk, and the second section will describe the best shoes for toddlers who are already walking.

For example, a toddler that is learning how to walk needs a pair of lightweight and flexible shoes with soles that bend easily. If you provide your toddler that is trying to learn how to walk with a pair of shoes that are too stiff, he will have a much harder time learning how to walk.

Here you can find an example of how flexible and lightweight the shoes should be. As you can see the shoes are soft and flexible, but they are more substantial than a pair of Robeez.

First Walker Shoes

There are certain shoe styles for toddlers who are learning how to walk that will provide important sensory information to your toddler’s feet to feel the ground beneath for better traction and grip.

On the other hand, a toddler that is already walking needs a pair of more shoes with a more substantial sole to support his feet and minimize the impact that his feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground. The sole of the shoe for a toddler that is already walking is still lightweight and flexible, but more substantial:

I have been fitting children’s shoes for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted hundreds of toddlers who were learning how to walk in the perfect pair of shoes, as well as toddlers who were already walking.

For the last 3 years, I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their toddlers online.

I can tell you that the shoes that you provide for your toddler will play a key role keeping his feet and legs healthy, so you must choose them carefully. A good quality shoe will be always build with natural and breathable materials and soles that respect the anatomy of the foot.

If you START taking proper care of your toddler’s feet from an early stage, you will end up saving a lot of time and money in the future. I see a lot of children that come to the shoe store referred by their pediatricians or physical/occupational therapists due to having foot and leg pain. Some of the issues they have are hereditary, but a large portion of these children have foot issues due to not wearing the correct type of shoes.

IMPORTANT TIP: Most toddlers have wide to extra wide feet, so it’s important to find shoes that will be wide enough for their feet. The good news is that I know exactly which shoe styles are wider than others, and I will help you find them.

Please keep in mind that I can provide you with a selection of the best shoes for toddlers, but if you don’t provide your toddler with the correct shoe size, he will not get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. Never buy your children’s shoes based on their age, you always must measure their feet and then you must know how the shoe style fits (short, long, narrow, or wide).

I always recommend parents to take their toddlers to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store, the issue is that most children’s shoe stores have been closing down, and parents have nowhere to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes.

That is the reason why I first created a map showcasing the best fitting children’s shoe stores by states:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to measure your toddler’s foot size from home:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

IMPORTANT TIP: We always want to provide children with some growing room, but never purchase the shoes too long since this will compromise your toddler’s stability and make him more prone to falling down. You should allow approximately 3/8 of an inch between your toddler’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

All of the shoe styles I will describe below are made from high quality materials, but they are affordable at the same time. Please note that toddlers grow at a very fast rate and you will find yourself replacing the shoes anywhere between 3 to 5 months.

Good Shoes For Boys

Best Shoes for Toddler Boys who are Learning how to Walk ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

As I mentioned before, the shoes for a toddler who is learning how to walk need to provide the following features:

  • Flexible soles: We need the soles of the shoes to imitate barefoot walking as much as possible, in order to make the process for your toddler who is learning how to walk much easier.
  • Soft heel counter: Your toddler will be performing a lot of lateral movements when learning how to walk, you will notice him grabbing onto furniture and moving side to side. It’s important for the heel counter of the shoes to be soft and not stiff.
  • Sensory Soles: Sensory pods will allow your toddler to feel the ground beneath for better traction and grip.
  • Flexible rounded soles: This will encourage your toddler’s natural movement and improve his balance.
  • Breathable: This feature will allow your toddler’s feet to breathe and prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.

I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well made the shoes are and how they fit.

The shoes I will describe below are all available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide, so please choose the shoe width accordingly.

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All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your toddler with a half a size longer of the size that he measured at the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.

The Best Shoes for Toddler Boys who are Already Walking ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The shoes for a toddler who is already walking need to provide the following features:

  • Substantial sole: The soles of the shoes must be more substantial than those for a toddler who is learning how to walk. The main reason for this is that a toddler who is already walking is way more active and putting pressure in his feet and legs at a whole different level. A substantial sole will minimize the impact that your toddler’s feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
  • Firm heel counter: This part of the shoe must be firmer than that the one of a toddler who is learning how to walk. The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that attenuates the impact on your toddler’s heels.
  • Lightweight and Flexible: While the shoes must be supportive, they still need to be lightweight and flexible to prevent your toddler’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
  • Breathable: This feature will prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes.

I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well made the shoes are and how they fit.

The shoes I will describe below are available in medium, wide, and extra wide, so please choose the correct shoe width for your toddler.

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All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your toddler with a half a size longer of the size that he measured at the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.

The Best Toddler Socks for Boys – Let’s Keep His Feet and Toes Healthy!

I am always explaining to parents that socks play a key role in keeping their kids’ feet healthy, since they act as a barrier between their kids’ feet and the shoes.

Socks prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria, and they also prevent the formation of blisters by cushioning your toddler’s feet against the shoes.

It’s important to provide your toddler with a pair of comfortable socks, or he might refuse to wear them. I have seen several children who refuse to wear socks because they feet every bump and lump. The good news is that I have fitted certain socks styles that are seamless, and children find them extremely comfortable.

Here you can find a selection of the best toddler socks that I have fitted before. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.


Now that you know which are the best socks and shoes for toddler boys, you are ready to keep his feet and legs healthy!

Have you tried a particular shoe style for your toddler that you can recommend to other parents? Please let us know in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

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

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