Yeah! Your baby has taken their first steps and is now ready to run all over the house. That means they need a solid pair of sneakers as they begin to get the feel for what it means to really walk and run.
The first walker stage can span from 9-18 months. At this stage your child’s feet are soft and sensitive. The bones are malleable and just beginning to grow. When you are shopping for shoes, keep this checklist in mind to make sure you’re getting the best shoe possible for those little feet!
Does the shoe have:
- A flexible, durable sole that will mimic the natural movement of your child’s foot. If you can’t bend the shoe in your hand, it’s not flexible enough!
- Breathable lining and upper material that will prevent odor and also provide coolness in the summer heat!
- A wide opening and adjustable strap (or 2) for easy on and off.
Here are three sneakers we’ve found that pass the test:
These shoes get an A+ because they have a breathable mesh lining as well as a slip-resistant rubber sole that is super flexible. These shoes are great for summer because they are machine washable to easily clean off any summer messes and be ready to wear again. The velcro strap also makes these shoes a great pick for narrower feet, and to top it off they are approved by the American Podiatry Association!
There are so many good things about this adorable shoe that are beneficial for your little one’s feet. Let’s start off with the Herringbone lug pattern that gives your child great traction when he’s running around playing. The sneakers are fully lined in soft jersey to keep feet warm while still providing a removable sock liner to let those little toes breathe. The hook and loop strap with the faux laces allow you to adjust the shoes as need be while still providing a snug fit.
Stability and traction meet up with comfort and style to create a fairy tale ending for your child’s feet with this shoe. Feel confident that the shoe’s sturdy heel cup and grippy rubber tread will provide traction and prevent slips and falls. The removable cushioned in sole provides the much-need arch support at this age.
We hope you and your first walker get to enjoy lots of time outdoors this summer enjoying the weather in their foot-friendly summer sneakers!