My daughter is officially 19 months old and we’ve now been in our new home for a solid year. Sylvie got a bit of a late start in the walking game and wasn’t confident enough to take more than a step or two until she was about 15 months old. The topic of her shoes has been kind of a big deal in our house since I started putting those adorable shoes on her as an infant.
Anyone that knows my husband knows how seriously he takes his footwear. Minimalist shoes have a variety of benefits according to some research, especially for a little one just learning to walk. Our house is hardwood floors throughout which can make for a cold experience walking around barefoot but socks are an accident waiting to happen, because realistically, I might as well just push her down myself. The spills are inevitable.
That’s where the idea of the minimalist shoes come in. I’ve personally been a big fan of Stride Rite shoes because they are adorable and practical but have specially designed soles to allow baby to better feel the ground with their feet and establish better balance. I am not certain about their shoes for older children but they have their “First Steps” line which offers these specially designed soles.
Another brand I am interested in trying is Soft Star Shoes. They are custom made and come with a variety of options to help you design the best fitting shoe. They sell baby shoes as well as adult shoes. My husband recently purchased a pair of their lace up shoes with a leather sole and he loves them. We are thinking of giving them a try for Sylvie as well.
They also offer a variety of different styles for both men and women but I am obsessed with their children’s shoes. It seems like a lot of money to spend when they grow out of them so fast but it’s also important to make sure Sylvie has great shoes during these early walking years. Not to mention they are very durable which means if we have baby number two they will still be in great shape.
Have you tried either of these brands yet? What are your thoughts on your little one’s footwear?