E.G. asks from Chicago, IL on August 17, 2007
Soft Sole Shoes
I'm torn between buying Stride Rite, Pedi Peds or Preschoolian shoes for my 1yr old boy that is non-stop on the go. I'm not too sure about Stride Rite Stage 3, I feel the sole is too hard for him. Any Advice?
2 moms found this helpful
So What Happened?™
Thank you ladies for your help. I'm going to go with the PediPeds and I also found another brand..Pedoodles. I'll hold of on the Stride Rite shoes for now.
C.J. answers from Chicago on August 18, 2007
I LOVED the Pedi Peds. They were tho only shoes that didnt leave uncomfortable looking marks on my childs feet. Stride Rite as well as Robeez were the worst. Good luck.
T.N. answers from Chicago on August 18, 2007
I'm the Owner of Sole Babies Children's Shoe Boutique (www.solebabiesboutique.com) located at 2033 W. Division. I would highly recommend Pedipeds. Pedipeds were recently endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association for proper foot growth. They are suitable for indoors and outdoors because they have a layer of cushioning between the inner and outer soles. They have soft upper leather and a wide toe box. They are non toxic and wipe clean with just soap and water. My store specializes in fitting infants and toddlers. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Also, for all the moms out there that responded I wanted to mention we carry See Kai Run as well and will soon be carrying Bical Grippers. These are all fabulous shoes for prewalkers and first walkers and they are very stylish :)
T.W. answers from Chicago on August 18, 2007
I had no idea you needes special shoes. I've just been buying the walking shoes from Baby Gap! Thanks for posting this question.
M.H. answers from Chicago on August 18, 2007
The children's place is now carrying more shoes for kids. I just got my daughter some soft sole pink shoes. They have a bit of rubber grip on the bottom. I think hers were considered infant shoes, not sure how high the size goes.
I've always read that barefoot is best unless you're taking them outside or on a surface their foot needs protected from. It's suppose to help them with their balance, etc. going barefoot.
Target also has robeez or a knock off type in the infant aisle.
J.D. answers from Chicago on August 18, 2007
pediatric podiatrists say to stay in soft soled shoes for as longs as possible..at least age 2. DD's 2 1/2 and I still have her in very flexible shoes (Play n Wash, See Kai Run). I think Stride Rite is too stiff. A great site for only soft soled shoes is www.foosies.com (they're in arlington heights). There's a lot of information from the experts there on why soft soles. I think for outside at 1 and 1 1/2 (when it was summer for us) we used Bical (water shoes, but great for the park) and IsaBooties (as soft as Robeez, but impenetrable soles w/ material that rescue dogs wear) . Also See Kai Run - excellent shoe for the park and everyday at age 1 and on.
C.Y. answers from Grand Rapids on August 17, 2007
I love preschoolian shoes or robeez. On the preschoolian the sole has a clear part and you can see when you need to swap to a larger size. Pluse they are so soft for the baby that it's like walking like barefeet. I had two kids with either preschoolian or robeez and they both loved them. They also don't come off like most other shoes. Both of my kids were able to were them all day with no problems.
L.C. answers from Chicago on August 23, 2007
You'r probably right. I'm not a shoe expert but personally I don't like shoes with really hard soles either. Nobody's perfect and we all do the best we can, I think of it like this, if I wouldn't be comfortable in it my daughter probably wouldn't be either. Walking shoes are usually a hard shoe and sometimes some shoes are harder than others. The manufactor usually has reasons for child development that explain it, but not everyone including doctors and other people will always agree. So stick with you'r judgement. If it's to hard find a shoe that's supportive with good grip at the bottom, and make sure they are comfortable and fit good. My daughter has wide feet so I usually by her wide shoes, I always try them on her to be sure. Good Luck. God Bless. L.. Merrillville, IN.
M.E. answers from Chicago on August 18, 2007
Your feelings about those harder soles are correct - not too good at that age. One year old seems a little young to invest in shoes that you have mentioned. I recommend sticking with Robeez until your little Angel is closer to 18 months. Their little feet grow so fast and our pediatrician was a big fan of either barefoot or a soft shoe like Robeez.
K. answers from Chicago on August 17, 2007
We had Stride Rite stage 2 for our son when he first started walking and were very pleased with them. He only wore them outside and in public (was barefoot most of the day). But I thought the Stage 3 seemed a little stiff for all-day use. If he's going to be wearing the shoes most of the day (ie in daycare etc) I would probably go with the Pedi Peds (that's what we ended up with, for those reasons). They seem to be pretty sturdy but soft. The only thing I don't like about them is that they seem a little slippery. I don't know Preschoolian shoes so can't comment.
N.D. answers from Chicago on August 17, 2007
I think Stride-Rite will definately help you with your decision. They were very helpful in finding a pair for my daughter when she was that age. They ask you appropriate questions and then from the answers, suggest the appropriate type of shoes.
We used Robeez when my little one was 1 years old - they're great. Stride-Rite, Nordstrom's, and many other shoe stores carry them. They're popular for a good reason!