Pre-walker shoes - Everything you need to know when buying the first pair of shoes for your child!

Buying your child’s first pair of shoes is a special moment. Though it can often be tricky to know what you should look out for, this simple guide will share everything you need to ensure that it’s a total success!

When is the right time:

While there is no exact recommended age, it is best to buy your child’s first pair of shoes as they begin to take their first steps. Though shoes cannot help children learn to walk, they can certainly assist them while they learn.

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Measuring your child’s feet

In order to choose the right pair for your child, you can use our simple measuring guide to determine an accurate size and fit.

Always remember to add 1 cm to their foot measurement to ensure room for growth. Children’s feet tend to grow at a rapid speed during the first few years. You can keep up to date by re-measuring every 2 to 3 months.  

While there is no exact recommended age, it is best to buy your child’s first pair of shoes as they begin to take their first steps. Though shoes cannot help children learn to walk, they can certainly assist them while they learn.

What to look for

Pre-walker shoes are often made from soft leather, suede or canvas, which are great fabrics as they both provide great flexibility and durability. Remember to look out for positive features that help improve support and steadiness. This includes high-impact rubber, non-slip soles and a high ankle support.

Toddlers can also wear sneakers and sturdy sandals once they become confident on their feet.

The shoes you purchase should not need to be ‘worn in’, they should fit comfortably from the start.

Make sure that the shoes are not too big as this will hinder the child’s walking.

Children’s feet are different so many pre-walker shoes come in narrow or wide models. This is information can differ from brand to brand, so be sure to pick out the one that is right kind for your child’s feet.

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