Shopping for a baby’s first shoes can be difficult. Since your child can’t speak yet to tell you what’s comfortable and what’s not, gauging fit and size may be tricky. And on top of all that, sizing can vary from brand to brand.
That said, once you have a better understanding of size — we recommend first measuring your baby’s foot and using that as a guide when viewing sizing charts — there are a few other factors to consider. You’ll want to look for options with anti-slip components, breathable fabrics and accommodating widths. While shoes that are easy to take on and off your baby are also key, at the same time, you’ll also want to make sure they don’t come off too easily. Below, find our recommendations for babies that are starting to stand, crawl and even walk.
1. Toms Kids' Alpargata-K
Toms is a popular brand for children because it donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair that is purchased.
Pros: This style has a rubber sole that helps prevent slipping. The soft sole has comfortable give. It has a secure fit with an elastic V notch and liner, which is also antimicrobial. Plus, this style is machine-washable.
Cons: May not be suitable for wider feet.
2. Robeez Kids' Soft Soles Crib Shoe
This style by Robeez is great for children under a year old who are learning to crawl, balance themselves, stand and take steps.
Pros: This style, which comes in multiple colors and features a bow detail at the back, has a nonslip leather sole that helps babies get a grip when learning to stand and take steps. Made entirely of leather, this style is flexible for growing feet. It also doesn't leave elastic marks on feet.
Cons: The leather tends to wear more quickly than other fabrics, so this style may not be the best option for babies who are walking.
3. Rvrovic Canvas Sneakers
This style goes with everything and comes in many different colors. It's also very affordable.
Pros: It's made of a breathable, washable canvas and is very lightweight. It features an anti-slip sole. An elastic band allows for you to put these on and take these off easily.
Cons: This style may run small and lack some support.
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