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The Perfect Fit | First-Walker Shoes

It’s a precious moment in any new parent’s life: your bundle of joy, who’s been eagerly crawling and cruising around the living room floor for the past few months, is taking their first tentative steps towards becoming a fully-fledged toddler. It’s at this point that you’ll be thinking about buying their first pair of shoes — and you’ll want these to be the very best first-walker shoes that offer support and comfort as they explore their surroundings.

From birth, the bones in your baby’s feet are super soft and malleable. Tight footwear can restrict their development resulting in podiatry problems further down the line, which means choosing the right shoes and socks is essential for allowing their tiny toes to grow properly. Nothing, however, beats the feeling of being barefoot, so leave little feet to kick freely as often as possible during those early years.

7 Feb 2022

How to fit their first pair of shoes

Did you know that, up until the age of five, your child’s feet will grow as much as two whole sizes each year? This means that different levels of support will be required for newborn, pre-walker and first-walker shoes. Consider breathable, flexible and natural materials such as leather, cotton and canvas which allow air to circulate whilst offering durability for everyday wear. Once your child is beginning to walk on their own, it’s important to find the perfect pairing for their delicate feet. 

 

Follow our handy step-by-step guide to find the best fit for their first pair of shoes.

Step 1: 
First things first, the wiggle test! Have your child stand upright so that their feet settle into a natural position within the shoe. Then, using your thumb as a guide, press down lightly at the end to feel for their big toe; ask them to move their toes around to make it easier. It is recommended that you leave 14mm of growing room for closed-toe shoes.

Step 2:
The next step is to check the shoe width. Feel along the outer sides of the shoe and check that there are no obvious pressure points or pinching of the material. Again, your child should be able to wiggle their toes freely.

"Opt for lightweight, flexible shoes with adjustable fastenings to ensure there’s plenty of room and no squished toes."

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Step 3:
Babies' feet are naturally rounder and plumper than ours, so checking the shoe’s depth is essential. Drag your thumb across the top of the shoe to check that there is enough room between the bridge of the foot and the material. Opting for shoes that have adjustable fastenings, including laces, buckles or Velcro, will allow you to tailor the fit to your baby’s feet.

Step 4:
For the final step, sit your little one down and lift up their foot to check the heel grip. Pull down gently on the back of the shoe; it should hug the heel snugly with minimal slippage. Have your child walk in the shoes to check the overall fit. The shoes should grip their feet securely without gaping, slipping or pinching.

E is for Early Days

Discover a selection of comfortable everyday shoes and pretty little pumps for babies and toddlers. 

Early Days Baypods - Синие туфли для малышей | ChildrensalonEarly Days Baypods
20,00 £
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Early Days - Голубые туфли с Т-образным ремешком | ChildrensalonEarly Days
20,00 £
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Early Days - Бордовые лакированные туфли на ремешке | ChildrensalonEarly Days
20,00 £
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Early Days - Кожаные туфли белого цвета для девочек | ChildrensalonEarly Days
46,00 £
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Fit for Royalty

Favoured by the Royal Family, British-made Early Days' first-walker shoes promise the highest quality for little feet. Offered in a choice of both real and faux leather, these timeless shoes feature traditional details in the form of classic buckle fastenings, decorative perforations and the occaisonal bow, making them easy to style with any outfit.

Delightfully Donsje

Step into the world of Donsje for baby shoes that little ones will adore, lovingly handmade using the softest nubuck leather.

Donsje - Коричневые кожаные пинетки Сенбернар | ChildrensalonDonsje
60,00 £
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Donsje - Коричневые кожаные ботинки в виде головы тигра | ChildrensalonDonsje
59,00 £
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Donsje - Бежевые ботинки с кроликами из искусственной овчины | ChildrensalonDonsje
64,00 £
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Donsje - Розовые кожаные пинетки Единороги | ChildrensalonDonsje
60,00 £
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Rooted in Kindness

If your baby loved wearing their Donsje leather booties, which feature a soft suede outer sole, then choose their next pair in a size 12m and up to progress to a flexible rubber sole, perfect for finding their feet on new terrain. Hailing from Amsterdam, each pair of Donsje's shoes is handmade to Fairtrade standards. What's more, the brand donates a percentage of its profit for each pair of shoes to the Shining Star Foundation in Nairobi. 

New Shoes? Step This Way . . .

Discover our full collection of designer baby and toddler shoes from Early Days, DonsjeTip Toey Joey, Children's Classics and more, perfect for their first steps into the next big adventure.

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