J.B. asks from Prospect Heights, IL on September 15, 2005
Looking for Toddler Shoe Recommendation
I am a mom of a walker who wants to run! Since Fall is upon us, barefoot in the grass is about over. We already have a couple pairs from Payless that are okay, but don't seem flexible enough in the sole for healthy heel-toe walking. I was going to try StrideRite for his first pair of real walking shoes. Does anyone have other recommendations? Just wondering since the cost of new shoes every 3-4 months can really add up fast! Are ther other brands or shoe stores that anyone prefers? Thanks!
K.F. answers from Chicago on September 16, 2005
I know StrideRite is a little pricey but you can join their members club and you get some money off after you by a few shoes and they have GREAT sales you just got to look out for them.. Target is good if you still don't want to go to them but as far as high tops go they have the best and my baby has 'fat' feet and high arches and they showed me what's the best shoes for her feet and ones that won't rub!
S.P. answers from Chicago on September 16, 2005
Judy--my daughter learned to walk in Robeez--they're leather, and kind of like mocassins. They come in darling colors and designs. They're recommended by docs because it's almost like being barefoot. They cost around $25 new, but I found perfect ones for less than half that on Ebay.
D. answers from Chicago on September 16, 2005
I found with my daughter that "Keds" gave ger support and flexibility. They come in canvas or leather. I personally preferred the leather because it wears longer and is mash washable. They wash good and look almost like new again. I hope this helps!
K. answers from Chicago on September 16, 2005
We have had very good luck with Jumping Jack brand shoes. My son refused to wear anything but Robeez until we got him his first pair of jumping Jacks. They are flexible but protect the foot and come in different widths too.
C.J. answers from Detroit on September 15, 2005
The style "Pico" by Nike was recommended to me for my child when she began walking. I kept her in that style for about a year! They have the style available in both boys and girls. They were recommended to by several different people: those who were "new" walkers as well as those who needed sturdy shoes to support AFOs.
C. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2005
I haven't used them yet, but I heard that "Robeez" are a good brand. I think you can get them at dept. stores like Nordstrom. From what I understand, barefoot is best when learning how to walk/run, but obviously with cold weather coming, that's not feasible. Robeez are supposed to be soft soles that protect the feet, but are soft enough for your baby to feel his foot on the floor/ground...This is what Physical Therapists recommend.