What is more confusing than one baby shoe? Many baby shoes! Venture into the bewildering planet that is baby footwear, and you might be left contemplating the simplicity of astro-physics afterwards.
To narrow this complicated mission down a tad, we are focusing solely on five of the best early walkers for tots from Carter’s Every Steps.
The Every Steps range covers all points of baby locomotion, from early crawling and bottom shuffling, up to confident walkers. They come in three stages, like baby steps. The first stage being the crawl, the second stage is standing, and the third stage is actual first steps.
Perhaps it should be shin pads that they sell for this particular age group, rather than shoes!
If you look at these, you will notice that the sole curls upwards around the toe. This is to help your baby as he/she explores their environment. They are designed for crawlers rather than walkers.
This is the tricky first stage of movement, when hard soles may be uncomfortable for them, and actually interfere with the development of their foot bones. But also, socks may not be keeping their feet warm enough or providing the support they need to grip floor surfaces, particularly ones that are hard, shiny and slippery.
We feel these are the happy compromise your little one needs in order to make their first tentative movements in their world, whether they are a bottom shuffler or roll-across-the-carpet type. Now, pass us the knee pads…
Made of leather with a synthetic sole, these are the next stage up from the crawlers and designed to be walked on … with many stumbles and tumbles along the way!
So if your child is at the next evolutionary stage of his/her development, then these are ideal!
With simple and easy fastening, these won’t slip off too quickly, but are straightforward to put on. If there’s one criticism, it is only that they run a little large – which should not be a problem now that you know.
Just look at the squishy comfort of these soles. Why, it is quite like putting your feet into marshmallows!
These little cuties are completely synthetic, and the bottom line in comfort. Your daughter won’t need to wear socks with these. They are so soft on her delicate tootsies, she’ll
Supportive and soft underfoot, as well as fastening in a simple fashion –we’ll take them!
The thing we like about this leather and man-made combo is the way they provide just the right level of support for your toddler, but still retain the lightness and flexibility that you want from a baby shoe. The smart style and super cute anchor motif hits the right note between being all grown up and still having a playful streak.
This girly shoe comes in a variety of colors, and is substance as well as style. These are just lightweight enough not to weigh down your early walker, and soft enough to be worn without socks. The T strap serves a very practical function of ensuring that the shoe stays in place.
THERE’S MORE, MUCH MORE…
Of course, there are far more styles and manufacturers of baby footwear than merely these five examples, but this should act as buying guide for busy parents to help them make important choices for their baby’s precious little feet!