LO is in the early stages of beginning to walk on her own without holding on. She goes about 3-5 feet right now when she's comfortable. We let her go barefoot at home, but when we take her out to play it would be nice to have something covering her feet. Took her to stride rite to get sized and picked up a pair while we were there. She HATES having shoes on her feet right now. And her toes still curl a little and fat on top, so they don't look too comfortable on her. I've been thinking about skidders but I can't find any good reviews on them, specifically if they are any good for toddlers who just beginning to walk. I've seen them in stores and it looks like the soles would give lots of traction which seems like a good or bad thing depending.
Does anyone have any experience with them? Is it the right time to let her try them or have we passed that stage where they are beneficial? Should we just leave them alone and let her deal with the real baby shoes, which BTW are soooo expensive!!
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
My LO is going to walk soon too. She's a total toe curler! I haven't bought her any shoes yet, but commenting so this moves up the boards!
persimmon / 1255 posts
My LO is 16 months and has some skidders. They're cool if they fit just perfect but if it's too big, the foot slides inside the sock which isn't ideal. Overall though, I like 'em, especially when she's playing in the sandpit at the playground - no sand in shoes
I actually would recommend water shoes for early walkers. I bought some for LO when she started to walk and they were perfect cause the rubber bottoms were grippy & very flexible and the velcro closure was secure so that she couldn't kick them off. I think BRU actually has some Koala brands on sale for $6. Can't beat shoes under $10
pomegranate / 3053 posts
For just starting to walk, I recommend soft-soled shoes (suede kind) b/c their feet are still soft and trying to learn how to use their toes to balance themselves. Robeez makes a lot of cute suede bottom shoes for early walkers. See Kai Run Small are also great early walker shoes. They are part suede and have two small rubber grips on the bottom and they make super cute styles as well.
hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts
I had to google 'skidders.' Never heard of that word before.
wonderful pear / 26210 posts
Robeez minishoes worked better for us than those soft suede soled slip ons. They were too slippery for our tile floors.