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Guide to first step shoes

Guide to first step shoes

When looking for a first walker shoe it is important to know what to look for. Feet must be taken care of - after all, they need to last a lifetime. That is why you should choose your child's first shoes with care. 

Homeshoes/ Slippers

It is a good idea to start by giving your child soft and flexible slippers with non-slip soles as soon as they start crawling and trying to stand. The non-slip soles help your child with firm footing once they take their first steps. Children only start requiring real shoes once they have learned to walk. Until then, either socks or slippers will do just fine.

First little steps

First step shoes are necessary once your child has taken their first few steps. It is only once they begin walking on their own that the muscles in their feet have developed enough they start needing 'real' shoes. The human foot needs space in order for its musculature to develop correctly and thereby function optimally for the rest of a person's life. 

The first pair of shoes

The first pair of shoes should be light and have a flexible sole, so that it follows the little foot's natural movements. The shoes also need a solid heel cap that provides good support. The rubber sole helps ensure that the child has solid footing on all surfaces. Our first step shoes are made from natural materials that are breathable, soft and comfortable to wear.

Lace-up shoes and Velcro shoes

It is important to determine whether your child has a slim, normal or wide foot as the width of the shoe needs to be the same. All our first step shoes are adjustable both in terms of width and instep volume using either laces or Velcro. This helps ensure the appropriate level of support and comfort without compromising on your child's mobility. 

First step shoes with laces can be securely tightened over your child's foot so that the shoes fit optimally and thus do not risk falling off. A Velcro closure makes it easy to put the shoes on and take them off. 

Keep in mind

Usually insoles can be removed from first walker shoes. This allows you to place your child's foot on the sole and determine whether the size is too big or too small. Make sure to leave a little room for growth so your child can grow into their first pair of shoes. Once they start growing out first walkers, they will need new footwear for all seasons, including sneakers, boots, rain boots and sandals.

 

View our range of first step shoes here

View our range of slippers here

Guide to homeshoes / slippers

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