One of the most asked questions we get is about first shoes. As a new parent we just want to do the best for our kids and their feet are super important.
One thing we need to remember is every child develops different, they all have different shapes and sizes. Some walk early some are late. Some are chubby and some are slim. Some roll out some roll in (this corrects itself throughout the walking period).
So when is the best time for their first shoes? Well, you can look at it a couple of ways. Sometimes we just want a shoe cause they look super cute and that’s absolutely fine. I know I put shoes on my kids when they were young as they made the outfit. But when you really need them is the question? Crawling feet can get up to all sorts of trouble so it’s important to protect them. These must be pre-walker shoes. Soft, flexible and accommodating for little toes. Leather is best.
When they start to cruise or just standing up their shoes will help with balance and protect their feet from all the stacks they will have (lots of bruises at this stage of walking). The grip on the bottom will also help them hold onto the world below.
Remember, their first pair of shoes are not designed to last for a long time. We don’t put loads of growth in there as they will trip and they are growing very fast at this age.
Never put a full sole on your child unless they are walking confidently.
Once they are more confident on their feet we can start to put a full soled shoe on. They still need to be flexible though as they are still using their toes to learn to walk and run.
Don’t forget, your baby’s feet will need to be checked by a trained fitter every 6-8 weeks as their growth at this stage is very rapid. Don’t worry, it does slow down – eventually!