J.O. asks from Scituate, MA on February 18, 2008
Stride Rite Shoes
I have a 14-month old daughter who is not walking by herself yet, but will walk when assisted. I feel that it could be any time now that she will start walking on her own. She is currently wearing Robeez shoes, but I was wondering if I should make the investment in a pair of Stride Rites at this stage. Would love to hear from others on their opinions of this brand or other brands of shoes. Thanks so much.
So What Happened?™
Thank you all so much for your responses. I really appreciate all the input. After much consideration, I have decided to hold off on purchasing the Stride Rite shoes until my daughter is walking on her own. In the meantime, she is barefoot around the house and in Robeez while out.
M.M. answers from Springfield on February 21, 2008
My son had a hard time in hard soled shoes as a new walker-I think the Robeez really helped him learn the best-I would stick with those until she is confident on her feet, then give her hard shoes once in a while for practice-
S.F. answers from Boston on February 20, 2008
When my daughter started walking, I wondered the same thing, especially since the Stride Rites are so expensive. My pediatrician said to get them, especially in the beginning because the right shoes can really help her when she is learning to walk. Plus, we got the high top shoes, which helped to support her ankles. If you live in SE Massachusetts, you can try the Stride Rite outlets, too.
L.L. answers from Boston on February 20, 2008
Hi, my son walked early at 11 months and we went to Stride Rite to get him sized. They were helpful b/c they recommended a shoe that is flexible so still comfortable for them if they crawl in them too. After that I went shopping around for shoes but I would get her sized and see how she does in shoes...then you can practice outside.
FYI, there is a Stride Rite Outlet store in the Arsenal Mall in Watertown. So the shoes are at least a little cheaper. That's where we went. Hope this helps.
C.S. answers from Boston on February 19, 2008
K.W. answers from Boston on February 20, 2008
I just talked with my doctor last week about shoes for my 18 month old. He said that no shoes or soft (like robeez) are the best because shoes actually impair the balance and make it more difficult to walk! so i'd hold off on buying shoes yet, and then use them only when going outside, and when you do, go with the stride rite softest soled shoes.
S.D. answers from Portland on February 19, 2008
Get Pedipeds...They are the number 1 shoe recommended for babies by podiatrists and pediatritians. They cost about 30 bucks and are sizes 0-24 mos but they do run big. This spring they are coming out with Pedi Flex so kids up to a size 10 can wear them.
B.M. answers from Boston on February 20, 2008
Sweetie, it is not a brand. Your girl will walk when she is ready. Probably soon.
Both of my children, 1 girl 1 boy did not walk until at least 15 mos.
If you are worried, talk to your doctor. Seriously. My children were late walkers. They are fine now, ages 6 and 9. I know it is easy to feel like your baby is not on track.
But---- unless your ped. Says check it out, give it a few more weeks.
M.T. answers from Springfield on February 19, 2008
I love stride rite's. They are expensive but they are very good shoes for your child's developing feet. I put my son in stride rite's before he was walking...around 9 months and he has been using them since. Good luck!
S.D. answers from Boston on February 19, 2008
Hi J., I would highly recommend Stride Rite sneakers for your daughter. They are fantastic for their support which is so very important at her age of beginner walker. Both of my boys have XW feet so I didn't really have a choice. Expensive, you bet but well worth it. The thing is, once we decided on stride rite, we're purchasing them about every 3-4 months x 2!Good luck with your decision.
S.S. answers from Washington DC on February 19, 2008
pedipeds worked best for us--our little guy was doing the same thing and around 15 months walked and ran in those until he was really playing in the mud,etc (but now they make rubber soles too). We love them! They really are the next best thing to barefoot!
E.J. answers from Boston on February 19, 2008
Other people might feel differently, but I kept both of my sons in Robeez-type shoes for several months after they were walking very well. My younger son just turned one but has been walking for a few months and pretty much runs now. Even with being very steady on his feet, he gets frustrated with other shoes I have tried on him recently and much prefers his Robeez. My older son is three, and the same thing happened with him. I went out and bought other shoes and ended up just using them for "show" since he did not really enjoy wearing them as much as his Robeez. I think I waited until they had been walking very independently for about six months before transitioning to "big boy" Stride Rites or something similar routinely. Your daughter might react differently and enjoy the other shoes, but this has been my experience twice now (and ended up with wasted shoes both times.:))