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First Steps to Footwear: Knowing When to Buy Baby Shoes

Understand the essentials of buying your baby their first pair of shoes.

Amy Elder - Writer for First Walkers
By Amy Elder
Dorian Rhode
Edited by Dorian Rhode

Updated May 2, 2024.

A baby wearing shoes.

Introducing shoes to your baby for the first time is a significant milestone in their development. Proper footwear protects their delicate feet and supports their growing bones and muscles as they begin to explore the world around them.

When Do Babies Need Shoes?

Your baby usually needs shoes when they start walking on their own. Some signs that your baby will walk soon include pulling on furniture or a caregiver's hand, walking with assistance, and cruising—walking while holding onto furniture. These signs can indicate that your baby needs shoes soon. Babies typically begin walking between 6 months to 1 year old.

» Discover the best shoes for babies learning to walk

How to Choose Your Baby's First Shoes

When choosing your baby's first shoes, there are a few factors to keep in mind. Baby shoes should be:

  • Breathable: Soft, flexible leather is a good choice for breathability. Cotton or canvas are also suitable options.
  • Comfortable: Ensure there's room for your baby's toes and that their feet can move. Check for a small gap between the heel of the shoe and your baby's heel and a thumb's width between their big toe and the front of the shoe.
  • Safe: Look for non-slip soles, preferably with a rubber grip, to ensure safety and prevent slipping.
  • Lightweight: Walking is enough of an effort for babies, so lightweight shoes can make it easier for them to learn.

» Learn how to measure your child's feet for shoes

We Have the Right Shoes for Your Baby

Choosing the right shoes becomes crucial as your baby starts taking those first wobbly steps. That's where First Walkers comes in.

Their wide range of shoes has all the above qualities, making them the perfect pair for your baby's growing feet.


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