I got a Stride Rite shoes for my daughter when she was about 11 months old, and they work great. She has a pair of walking shoes that are really easy for her to walk in, and they have great ankle support. She usually can't get the laces untied if I double knot them, but she likes to chew on the laces anyway, so I bought lace keepers for her. Lace keepers are the little cylindrical containers with a screw cap on one end that you push the laces into, so kids can't take their shoes off. They had them when I was a kid, and I hadn't seen them since, but I found them at Stride Rite for about $4. They even have bells on them to make it easier to keep track of your very quick child, and they come in white, light pink, and light blue. You can't get them online, but you can get the Stride Rite shoes online. I highly recommend taking your son to a Stride Rite store and having them measure his feet when you are ready for walking shoes. The prices online are much cheaper than in the store, so just find out the size, decide what you want, and then either look at JCPenneys or online to buy them. JCPenneys only has whole sizes, and does not have wides. The cheapest place I found to buy them was at shoebuy.com. If you run a google search for shoebuy.com codes when you are ready to buy, you can get them even cheaper, and if you are a first time buyer you can even use a regular code and the first time buyer code to get it even cheaper. My daughter has only been able to get these shoes off once or twice (with the lace keepers) when I didn't tie them tightly enough. Stride Rite shoes are still pretty expensive, but the walking shoes really do go with any outfit, and they are great for their feet. My daughter has been wearing hers for about 6 weeks, and they barely show any signs of wear, and clean up with a damp cloth. They were definitely worth the money! Good luck!