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Hard-soled Baby Shoes Recommended by Pediatrician

Hi Moms,

I'm back with yet another question. I don't know what I'd do without this site!

My pediatrician told me that since my 5 month old daughter's feet have a tendancy to roll out to the outsides, I should get her some hard-soled shoes for when she's in her exersaucer or jumper. When I left her office, I had in mind those old-school white bootie type shoes from a generation or two ago. But, I don't think they even make those anymore. Has anyone else out there had their pediatrician recommend a hard-soled shoe for the same problem? If so, what kind of shoe did you buy? Did it also have ankle support? I'm planning to call the doctor back, but I'd like to hear from any moms who've had babies with the same problem.

BTW, I know that no shoes/soft-soled shoes are best for babies with normal feet -- my son was barefoot in the Florida heat until he was walking, so I'm not looking to debate soft sole versus hard sole. I'm looking for info specific to babies with the same physical problem that my daughter has.

Thanks so much!!

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You hit the nail on the head yet again. I called my pediatrician and she told me to go to a specific store here in Chico that carries a line of Stride Rite shoes, explain the issue with my daughter's feet, and they would put her into the appropriate shoe. The people at this store are trained specially for this. Thanks again moms!

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I would like to recommend a shoe from "Stride Rite" it's a white hard sole with a lace. My kids wore them from the day they started walking until they ran out of shoe size for them.

I would get a second or third opinion! From another pediatircian in a different office!
good luck!

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Hi N.,

I am a physical therapist who works with babies especially ones who are having breastfeeding problems.
I don't like to have babies in postures they wouldn't assume by themselves. The exersaucer and jumper put a baby in a position they wouldn't normally assume at this age. I like to keep babies on the floor so they develop muscles in a proper sequence. As she rolls over, then pushes up to hands and knees she will develop her muscles. Her foot rolling to the outsides might resolve if she were on the floor moving under her own power.

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We bought "high top" walking shoes made by Stride Rite from a neighborhood store in SF that has since gone out of business.
And although they looked like traditional "baby" shoes, the soles were rubber. I wonder if in so many words your pediatrician is trying to suggest having your daughter wear shoes that support her ankles more. Sorry to send a response so late, but better than never :)

I would like to recommend a shoe from "Stride Rite" it's a white hard sole with a lace. My kids wore them from the day they started walking until they ran out of shoe size for them.

Stride Rite makes those old fashioned white bootie shoes you were looking for. I just saw some a couple weeks ago. Don't know if they make them small enough for a 5 month old though.

Stride Right!!! They are expensive, but excatly what your little one needs. Thank you for mentioning the whole debate thing. Sometimes I feel like people go off on a bandwagon without realizing some children have special needs.

I always started my children with Stride Rite shoes, they are really good. Even the people working at the stores are excellent, they can help you with whatever you need.
Good Luck, A.!

Hi N.,

I like the way you worded your question & I have definitely seen hard soled baby shoes at WalMart in the regular shoe section- not in the baby section- there's only soft soled shoes there.

Try Stride-Rite brand.

I would want to bring her to a pediactric podiatrist or one who sees a lot of kids.
Jeannie B

I don't have any advice but do know you can buy those white bootie shoes w/ support up the ankles at Stride Rite, I bought my son a pair at the Stride Rite Outlet, I thought they were kinda cute.
Good Luck to you.

Baby shoes at stores like Wall Mart, K Mart,or Target usually have hard soles because they are ususally not real leather.

StrideRite... They are pricey but you cna choose from all different types of shoes with different soles. Look in Stage 3..but with your daughters age it might be hard to find her size in the hard soles. Just go to the site and print out their sizechart and start shopping. They are pricey, bnut of all the shoes I have bought my daughter they last the longest and take a serious beating. Good luck.

My 18 month old daughter is not yet walking and when she stands her feet roll out. Her physical therapist recommended Stride Rite for shoes to give her added support in the ankles. Look at the Pre-Walker shoes - they are about $20. I recommend following your pediatrician's advice if you trust him/her. My only personal thought on the matter is provide your baby some time to be barefoot while crawling and floor playing. All things in moderation. Good luck

Stride Rite makes excellent shoes for all the different stages of walking. They have Stage one that are just covers, Stage two has a hardish sole but still with some flex to it. Stage two may be a good option for you. They are a little pricey but were the only shows my daughter would not scream in. Good Luck!

My children all have had feet problems. The best shoe out there is the first walkers (they even make pre-walkers) from Stride-Rite. There is a store in Mt. Shasta that sells them and in Chico. I order mine online. They even cary wide, extra wide and 3X wide. Hope this helps!!!

C. -

P.S. There is a Stride Rite Outlett in Vacaville - the first walkers were priced at $22.99 last weekend when I purchased a pair at an outlett.

I would get a second or third opinion! From another pediatircian in a different office!
good luck!

I agree. Stride Rite is probably what you want.

I found that at the outlet mall, Valley Faire mall and Valco mall when my daughter was younger.

Good Luck

Yes as previously stated, Stride Rite is the place to go. Are your daughter's feet pigeon toed (pointed in). Both my children were born extremely pigeon toed.. My pediatrician suggested doing daily exercises with both kids so that the feet would relax a bit more and not be so pronounced. My youngest is still quite pigeon toed, but has had no difficulty with walking, running, climbing.. etc.

Good Luck!

I have only two words for you:

Stride rite!

Stride rite has pre walker shoes that are hard soled yet still geared towards the needs of baby feet. You should definately check it out!

Hope this helps!

Hi N., I have three kiddos and none of mine ever had to wear any of those shoes, but I had a friend that her son had to wear them. She got them at Target and I have also seen them at Target. I want to say I have also seen them at Payless shoes, but I am no certain. Worth checking out though, they might be cheaper. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

5mo is too young for shoes and exersaucer. She should be allowed to roam around on the floor to build up her neck/back, arm and leg muscles. Children should be barefooted to balance themselves. Hard sole shoes don't allow their feet to flex and grip the floor.

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