As soon as your toddler starts walking around, there is no stopping him. At home, it is best to let the child walk around bare foot to strengthen the feet. But the feet have to be protected when going out, so shoes are an essential. Here are a few tips that will help you shop for your toddler’s first real shoes.
Baby shoes are soft and protective, which can often be made out of fabric. However, toddler shoes need to flexible and non slippery, with a supportive upper side. They should be designed to protect the toddler’s feet from dangerous surfaces too and cover them appropriately. The first shoes must not be too stiff or hard, instead go for soft, breathable material like cloth or soft leather. The soles must have grooves and ridges to provide the right friction. The shoes should not hinder the child’s foot development, so must be of the right size as well. Take your child along and let them walk around in the shoes before purchasing them. The shoes must have enough space for all the fingers to wiggle freely. Another tip is to go for Velcro to avoid tying laces all day long.