Got a new walker in the house? Keep those chubby baby feet protected in a pair of adorable kicks that support their strides and foot development. 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. Read on for 16 of our favorite shoes for babies and toddlers.
Everyday Original from Ten Little
This smart sneaker supports natural foot growth and comes with reinforced toe caps, a no-slip tongue and non-slip, flat, flexible soles to keep your new walker on their feet. They come in either vegan leather or recycled canvas uppers in bright colors and neutral shades. Each shoe also comes with stickers so you can personalize your kid's kicks. The Ten Little website features a Fit Finder to take the guesswork out of determining your child's shoe size (thank you!). And once your child has outgrown their shoes and you're ready to reorder from the site, they'll send you a prepaid shipping label so you can mail in your outgrown shoes for free to donate to a child in need, through the company's partnership with Soles4Souls.
Available at tenlittle.com, $39.
First Steps Shoes from Wobbly Waddlers
The First Steps line from Wobbly Waddlers, like the NADIA shoe above, feature a flexible rubber sole, leather insole, ankle support and additional stability to support toddlers as they learn to walk. The shoes in this line are handmade in Mexico and come in cute and classic styles, in neutral browns and blacks for boys and neutrals or bright colors for girls, decorated with flowers, butterflies or hearts.
Available at firststepshoe.com.
Mary Janes from BirdRock Baby
Four heart cutouts dress up this classic leather Mary Jane. There's an elastic band at the ankle that keeps shoes snug and makes it easy to take them on and off. And with each purchase, BirdRock Baby donates a day's worth of food to a child in need through the charity Feed My Starving Children. BirdRock Baby also makes super cute moccasins and baby booties in a variety of colors and styles and at reasonable prices.
Available at birdrockbaby.com, $25.
Ro+Me by Robeez
With soft-soled shoes, apparel and socks that don't wiggle off little feet, Robeez has already built a cult following and it's no surprise why. Perfect for those first steps, Robeez shoes are not only adorable, but durable and they won't slip off (we tested it ourselves!). New to Target is Ro+Me by Robeez, a new line of soft-soled shoes featuring eye-catching metallic and sequin accents and casual designs that can be dressed up or dressed down. Target's new Ro+Me collection is especially made for babies in all stages from crawlers to walkers.
Available at target.com.
Zutano Suede Leather Oxford Shoes
Fans of the Zutano baby booties will love the company's new suede leather oxford shoes, which debuted in early 2019. Crafted from genuine leather, these shoes come in six versatile colors from tan and light grey to black. Early walkers will like the cushioned insole with high density foam and the tread at the heel and toes that resists slips. Parents will love the hook-and-loop side closures, which make slipping the shoe on and off squirmy baby feet a breeze.
Available at zutano.com for $39.50.
Mia's Moccs Rubber Sole Moccasins
In addition to baby moccs and boots, Mia's Moccs makes durable rubber-soled moccasins that help keep new walkers upright. These cute kicks also have a cushioned insole that's soft against baby's foot and come in several colors, from traditional black and brown to red, mustard and shimmery emerald green, as well as fun prints. We love the Mickey & Minnie-inspired ones and the fabulous moustache design.
Available at miasmoccs.com, $35-40.
PLAE Tiny Tots
Get kids prepped for a lifetime of memorable play with PLAE shoes. The company's Tiny Tots line (sizes 5-5.5) is made for small feet itching to get moving. Choose from the classic Ty style in fuchsia/purple, navy/steel or steel or Emme in silver/pink. PLAE shoes are machine-washable and kids can customize their kicks with colorful interchangeable tabs.
Available at plae.co starting at $54.95.
Pediped's flexible Grip 'n' Go
Pediped's 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 pediped.com, $55.
Stride Rite Soft Motion line
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 Velcro sneakers, Mary Jane's, sandals and more. Plus, these shoes come as small as a size 3 and in three different widths, so you should be able to find ones that fit well.
Available at striderite.com, $46.
See Kai Run First Walker Line
See Kai Run's first walker line of shoes are perfect for kiddos taking their first steps. Expect shoes with a canvas lining and removable leather-lined footbed for freshness, a padded collar and tongue, and a generous toe box with enough room for healthy foot development. Parents rave about how easy it is to get these on and off.
Available at seekairun.com for $45.
Freshly Picked Rose-Gold Moccasins
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 freshlypicked.com, $60.
Tom's Chambray Early Walker Joon Flats
Tom's Chambray Early Walker Joon Flats aren't just stylish with their cutout sneaker design. They're functional and comfortable, too. Your early walker will love the shoe's adjustable straps, rubber outsole for extra traction and extra padding around the ankles for support.
Available at toms.com for $35.95.
Mo Mo Baby Soft Sole Shoes & Rubber Sneakers
Mo Mo Baby has two lines of shoes we're big fans of: soft sole shoes for super early walkers and rubber sneakers for kiddos actively exploring new terrain. All of Mo Mo Baby's shoes are reviewed by APMA podiatrists to ensure they promote proper foot health. Each pair of shoes is handcrafted and designed to protect from rough surfaces, while still ensuring the benefits of walking barefoot. Choose from cute designs like these airplane shoes or toddler flower power Mary Jane's.
Available at momobaby.com, starting at $30.
Bobux XPLORER Shoes
Whether your child is cruising or full on walking, Bobux will provide enough support and protect those little feet. The shoe features a 100% leather upper and super flexible sole that follows your child's natural movement. They're lightweight allowing those tiny toes to still connect with the ground.
Available at bobux.com for $40
Native Shoes' Charley Child Waterproof Flat Sandals
Looking for a warm-weather option? Native Shoes' Charley Child Waterproof Flat Sandals are ready for toddling through sprinklers and bringing on 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 nordstrom.com, $25.
Marazz Footwear Soft Leather and Suede Booties
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 colors ranging from sunshine yellow to goes-with-everything brown. And, of course, pink.
Available at the Marazz Footwear shop on etsy.com, $53.
What is your favorite type of shoe for babies? Let us know below!
— Oz Spies