My daughter started crawling at 8 months and within two weeks was cruising around her pack-n-play. I started looking at walking shoes when she was 10 months thinking it might go quickly, and I needed to be prepared with appropriate shoes. We were at my parents at the time in the US. So my mom and I went and looked at shoes to see what was out there, because I don’t get to spend much time with my mom, but also because everything is cheaper in the US (or at least it used to be until Brexit!).
First we went to Stride Rite on our own and looked at the shoes – there was a lot of leather in boring colors and nothing that I thought was cute. Next we went to Journeys for Kids with my daughter. Speaking to the manager I found out that a good pair of shoes is essential for learning how to walk correctly. I initially wanted to get her converse because I think they are so cute. However the manager informed me that they are hard shoes to learn to walk in because the sole doesn’t flex. New Balance are flexible soles that she recommended for first walkers. I also learned that when babies are learning to walk they need to be barefoot to get the ‘feel’ for walking, however if you wait too long to put proper shoes (not soft soles) then it becomes difficult for them to accept shoes becoming a struggle for both of you.