Your kids may have gotten away with just socks for a period of time, but now comes the time to move onto the real deal when it comes to footwear. Seeing your little ones walk for the very first time is an important milestone and it is equally as important to provide the right shoes to support their journey. Here is a round-up of some of best shoes that are both functional and stylish in helping your new little walkers every step of the way!
1. Converse Chuck Taylor First Star (Infant)
Padded insoles, non-skid grip outsoles and a name that really says it all — Converse! For $20.00 you can get your baby his or her first pair of designer sneakers. Although they don’t provide the same support as the styles above, these were a fun choice when my girls were infants.
2. Pepiped Originals Adrian Sneaker (Infant)
Pedipeds are the go-to brand for simple and stylish baby shoes. Their velcro fasteners make them easy to slide on and off, and their cushioned insoles provide comfort whether your child is playing inside or outside. We found them perfect for daily runs in the grass.
3. Umi Landon First Walker (Infant)
My daughter loves her dresses but with her fast-paced walking style and early clumsiness, we needed a shoe that was a bit more … outdoor-friendly. With their leather and rubber traction outsoles, wrap toe design and heel bumpers, these European-inspired shoes ensure a “stubless” walking experience.
4. See Kai Run Henri James Flat (Infant)
These are an all-in-one package: classy style, soft soles with non-slip rubber and padded, breathable linings. I will most likely be leaning toward these shoes when my son is born as they have a terrific range of styles for boys.
5. Robeez Dino Dan Flat (Infant)
These comfortable, slip-free and supportive shoes run more lightweight than most shoes. My eldest daughter alternated these with her Robeez soft soles depending on her outfit.
6. Superga JVEL Classic (Infant/Toddler)
Superga has been creating casual, chic and super-comfortable footwear for nearly 100 years. This is most likely one of the reasons why celebrity parents have learned to love the brand. Violet and Seraphina Affleck, Nahla Aubrey and Honor Warren are just a few of the celebrity kids who are fans.
7. I-Walk Sneakers By Boubox (Infant)
If your little one wants to wear ‘big kid’ shoes, these are a great option. The styles mimic adult shoes but provide a fit suitable for infants. The flexible gum rubber sole and lace-free design prevent slips and trips, and an added bonus: they are made with the same leather used by ECCO shoes!
8. Robeez Emma Mary Jane Shoe (Infant)
As one of the leaders in infant footwear, Robeez has gained the trust of parents and parenting experts alike. During their early months, my girls practically lived in these super-soft soles! I also like how the elasticized back keeps the shoes snugly fastened.