This post has been due since Lexi started walking 5 months ago.
Such an important part of a baby’s wardrobe.
Making sure what they are wearing is comfortable, doesn’t rub, lasts through their roughplaying, looks great and is versatile (because at $30-50 per quality pair of shoe, they better last long and look great).
Proper footwear is surprisingly important for your baby’s foot health, their developing walking skills and their comfort.
Here are our favorite shoes and brands:
You have seen numerous photos of Lexi in Pedipeds. These are our go-to shoes. They are the most comfortable shoes that we have tried, they fit her chubby feet better than any other shoe we have tried, they do not rub, look great even after weeks of wearing and the kicker….. some styles are machine washable!
Pediped is focused on quality and comfort – in order to be comfortable and ergonomic, they have to be simpler and made out of soft quality materials- but still there are some really cute styles that will make your inner fashionista happy. You can read this amazing information on their website about infant foot health, including why you shouldn’t buy second hand shoes, so it’s a really useful read if you’re interested.
Aside from comfort, Pediped shoes promote foot health and proper positioning and walking. If your baby just started walking, I highly recommend buying Pediped Originals, which are soft leather soled shoes that are “next best thing to bare feet”.
Read a feature on Pediped shoes on Daily Mom.
These soft thin shoes are perfect for pre-walkers and early walkers. They are made of leather and have a suede sole, so they protect your baby’s feet without preventing him/her from properly learning to walk. The best part about Shupeas is that they are adjustable, so, as your baby’s feet grow, you can lengthen the sole of the shoe and adjust the back via velcroes. They go up to 18-24 months size. You can read an in-depth feature on Shupeas on Daily Mom, but if you are going to have shoes for a baby that doesn’t walk yet, these types of shoes are your best bet.
Remember not to put a young baby into a hard soled shoe.
This company has got to be selling the cutest boy and girl shoes on the market. The cuteness factor of most of their designs is over the top. Most are made of soft leather and a rubber sole. Our two favorite pairs are these elephant shoes and the gold birdie shoes, but they have lots of other amazing styles that I constantly drool over. Boy shoes are super cute too. In fact, the best looking boy shoes I have ever seen have been by Livie and Luca. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out a cute ladies line, too, with boho flats and vintage looking boots.
They also have different options for soles to match your child’s age and walking skill. You can read more about the shoes on Daily Mom.
Another company with fun designs and great shoes.
They fit Lexi’s chubby feet great. I am in love with these polka dot sneakers ( their shoes look WAY better in person). The sole, side and bottom of the shoe have their signature car and everytime Lexi sees it, she signs for car and makes a car noise. They have shoes specially made for tiny feet and little babies as well as children and the selection is huge.
Read a SKR feature on Daily Mom
For now these are the three companies (Shupeas is out of our age range now) that I am committed to, in terms of shoes.
I also wanted to touch on buying shoes at big box stores, like Walmart…
We were running late somewhere one day and I realized that we left Lexi’s shoes at home ( we often put her into her carseat barefoot and take her shoes with us). So we stopped at Walmart to pick up a pair of shoes on the way. I thought there were some shoes that looked cute there so I picked up 3 pairs instead of one. Unfortunately, we only wore that one pair once and the rest of the shoes sat in our shoe box for months. I attempted to put one of the pairs on her but she kept falling and showing signs of being uncomfortable, like trying to get the shoe off. Another time we had to get a pair of shoes from Gap and I couldn’t even get them on right, they kept sliding off to the side. I don’t know if it’s her foot shape, but I am completely sold on getting comfortable high quality shoes for her at least until she’s much much older and needs more pairs of shoes than just a few. I’d rather have one pair that is VERY comfortable than 3 that rub her foot the wrong way.
Also I noticed that getting silver shoes means you can pair them up with virtually any outfit, so that way you can only get one or two quality pairs and they will work with their whole wardrobe.
QUESTION FOR READERS:
What are your favorite brands of baby shoes when it comes to looks and/or comfort? I’m always interested in discovering new brands.