Got a walker on your hands? Keep those chubby baby feet protected in a pair of adorable kicks.  When you search for shoes for your little one, look for a pair with a flexible sole that won’t get in the way of your child’s budding balance. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorites. Baby’s brand new shoes, coming right up.


Pediped’s flexible Grip ‘n’ Go shoes are designed for a toddler’s first steps, with flexible soles and spacious toe boxes that let little feet learn to grab onto the ground and march forward with confidence. Plus, they’re machine-washable, so let your little one jump in every mud puddle they want.  Available in 8 colors, ranging from navy blue to glittery pink.

Available at, $55.

We wish these shiny rose-gold moccasins from Freshly Picked came in our size. With elastic for easy on-off and the tough-but-pretty leather, this pair will keep kids looking good while they walk.

Available at, $60.

Looking for a warm-weather option? Native Shoes’ Charley Child Waterproof Flat Sandals are ready for toddling through sprinklers and beach and lake trips. Two adjustable straps avoid ankle twists that loose sandals might cause, and a soft and squishy footbed feels good under baby’s toes. Pick from sea blue, navy, or millennial pink.

Available at, $25.

Freshly Picked’s new Oxford in earthy green with elastic laces is an adorable option for super stylish boys and girls. Elastic keeps them on wiggly feet and makes them easy to take off. This type of soft-soled shoe lets little feet really grip the ground and stay steady with each tentative step.

Available at, $60.

Chase away the rain clouds with TOMS Lenny Sneaker. Velcro straps keep the shoes secure, and a sturdy rubber sole works for outdoor walks to and from the park. The cheerful rainbow is sure to get loads of smiles.

Available at, $44.95.

Kiddo craving shoes that match his big brother’s? Order a matching set for the whole family. The Velcro-closure Revolution 4 from Nike is lightweight so it won’t hold your little one down while they run off, and it’s available in 6 colors, including bright red, pink and black.

Available at, $45.

For almost 100 years, Stride Rite has been making shoes for teeny tiny feet. The kicks in the Stride Rite Soft Motion line are built for toddlers’ first steps, with bendy flexible bottoms, strong closures, and rounded soles that won’t trip up your toddler. Styles include tough brown booties, bright athletic sneakers, and buckled Mary Janes like the Talia shown here. Plus, these shoes come as small as a size 3, so you should be able to find ones that fit!

Available at, $44.


Another option in Stride Rite’s Soft Motion line is the Jamie sneaker. These shoes have an oversized opening — a must for block-shaped toddler feet and a single sturdy strap. Memory foam fills the cushy footbeds, making this pair one your child will reach for when it’s time to get out the door.

Available at, $44.

Marazz Footwear’s soft leather and suede baby booties come all the way from Stockholm to your doorstep. This Etsy shop, run by a single mom, offers lace-up boots with no-slip rubber soles in everything from sunshine yellow to goes-with-everything brown. And, of course, pink.

Available at the Marazz Footwear shop on, $58.90.


Pick up these slip-on, star-covered sneakers from Target’s Just Buds line. A closed toe ensures no tiny tootsies get stubbed, and a big piece of elastic makes them extra-stretchy for kids who are in the “me-do me-do” phase. Plus, they’re affordable, so you won’t be too bummed when your kid grows out of them in a flash.

Available at, $24.99.

Get your racer ready in a pair of Geox Kilwi low-top sneakers with double loop straps. The high-tech soles are equipped with a water-repellent membrane, keeping tiny tootsies dry. You can choose from royal blue or sturdy gray.

Available at, $49.95.

Parents love PLAE’s machine-washable shoes, since they stand up to rough-and-tumble outdoor adventures. They’re easy for kids to put on themselves, and are made of soft and stretchy material that keeps little feet comfortable. So many colors are available, you’re sure to find your little one’s current fave, whether it’s bright fuchsia or vibrant green.

Available at, $54.95.

What is your favorite type of shoe for babies? Let us know below!

— Oz Spies


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