The weather is getting cold again and I’m searching for the perfect shoes for my infant who is learning to walk.
So all the moms and dads in my circles and neighborhood usually go to Stride Rite stores for their kids shoes and that place has the market cornered on shoes designed for children. But
GG is already growing out of the walking shoes I bought for her two months ago (those to the right) when I got the boys their school shoes and she hasn’t started to walk yet. grrrr.
Someone told me about a Japanese company called Tsukihoshi that makes quality constructed infant shoes made to support their feet. There’s also Geox, which I heard made solid shoes for kids.
I think I might check them out because EVERY SINGLE kid I run into wears the same shoes from Stride Rite and they look the same year in and year out. Not that that’s a big thing, but Im just curious to see what else is out there other than the children’s variety of those adult athletic shoe companies like Vans, Skechers, Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Puma, Adidas, etc.
To be honest, I think I am tempted to just get her a pair of Robeez, the brand of shoes which acknowledges that although going barefeet is best for infants learning to walk, their brand is the next best thing. And it’s not everywhere you want your early walker trotting about barefeet. The shoes are a bit on the pricey side, and Target has a cheaper knock off (on the right), but I’ve found they are not as strongly made and the materials are flimsier than the real Robeez.
There’s also Pedoodles (right in blue) and Kai Run (left in pink and green)which are similar to Robeez in style and construction.
We’ll see! hmmmm….