Shoes Are Made for Walking

As she begins to pull up, stand and eventually walk, your baby learns important information about how to balance and move about on all types of surfaces. That’s why when she’s inside, she should go barefoot if possible, or wear non-skid socks or soft-soled (like leather) shoes. Thick, hard-soled shoes prevent toddlers from being able to feel the ground beneath their feet, and they can also restrict foot movement (which can make it harder for your baby to learn proper foot position as she walks). When going out, however, she’ll need to have shoes on—even if you’re just running out for a minute.

Shoes for “going out”

Now that you have the option of setting her down on her feet, both you and your child will enjoy the occasional break from your arms, the stroller or the shopping cart, when you’re out and about. This is when sturdy shoes are important, because those little feet need to be protected when outside or in situations where the floor might be too hot, too cold, dirty or even unsafe for bare feet.

New walkers will benefit from slip-proof, flexible-soled shoes that still allow some feeling and movement while protecting tiny toes. At the least, you’ll want to make sure that they can bend where the toes meet the foot. Shoes should be sized comfortably, with plenty of room at the toes (both in length and width of the toe box). Keep an eye on the fit of your baby’s shoes, because she may outgrow them within a couple of months.