The seemingly exponential growth of the children’s shoe industry can overwhelm the even the most expert buyer. A quick search on Google for “Buying Baby Shoes” reveals over 40,000,000 hits. In this blog I’ve broken down the shoes requirements for each stage of walking to guide the consumer.
A Guide to Buying Baby’s First Shoes:
- Pre-Walking – Shoes for children in this stage are used for protection from the elements. Due to increase of floor time, shoes should be flexible enough to allow for ease of movement in this position. It should be noted that the best footwear for children in this motor phase is no-shoes at all.
- New Walkers – As a child begins pulling up to stand and taking her first steps, her shoes should change to meet the increased demand. Shoes should continue to remain flexible, allowing for ease of transition between crawling and walking. It is also important that these shoes have some sort of grip associated with them to limit slipping.
- Expert Walkers – These children use walking as the main, and usually only, means of locomotion. Crawling is no longer functional for them, but may be used in play. As children transition into this phase of walking, their shoe needs change as well. The shoe should have a semi-rigid sole, meaning the sole is made of hard plastic, but it can twist with a moderate amount of effort.
If your child has demonstrates any sort of gait abnormality (single foot turned out, walking on toes, excessive falls) or has not begun walking by 18 months, please come into NSPT for a free physical therapy screen.
NSPT offers services in Bucktown, Evanston, Highland Park, Lincolnwood, Glenview and Des Plaines. If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (877) 486-4140 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates today!