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We are inundated with information about contemporary models of shoes for children and their features that are supposed to guarantee the comfort of children's feet. Unfortunately, most of it is not supported by any research. On the other hand, we have access to research showing how modern shoes for children and adults have a negative impact on our feet, deform their shape and lead to many other ailments. To date, there are many beliefs and myths about children's shoes.

baby's feet are a delicate material

Children's first shoes are extremely important, but research shows that they are not the only ones that are important for a child's motor development and health. Each subsequent pair of shoes is also important. The human foot is formed until the age of 18 and the effects of wrongly chosen shoes for children accompany them throughout their lives. Therefore, if we want to take comprehensive care of our children's feet, we should follow the same guidelines when buying each subsequent pair as in the case of the first baby shoes and avoid the same disadvantageous elements which have the same negative impact on a baby's foot as on a bigger child's foot, who has already mastered the art of walking.

Choosing the first shoes for learning to walk is not easy, but if you know the guidelines for children's shoes and calmly read our offer, you can certainly cope. We hope that the information you find in this article will be useful. For those parents who already know that the best choice is a lightweight and flexible shoe, we have some suggestions for the first shoes for learning to walk from our store - perfectly suitable for all seasons. These exclusively include 100% barefoot baby shoes that provide almost as much comfort as walking barefoot. However, before we introduce them to you, a handful of important information regarding baby's first shoes.

First shoes for children, are they essential? Maybe it's better to walking barefoot?

If you want to protect your baby's feet from the cold or cold (especially at the stage of crawling), you do not have to decide to buy the first baby shoes right away. A warmer sock or elastic baby slippers - additionally protected with waterproof baby footies - are often enough for a toddler. This way, the child can feel as much freedom as possible even on colder days, and its feet are well protected against low temperatures.

When to buy your child's first shoes?

Don't buy your first shoes too early. The smaller the child, the more susceptible the foot is to deformation. Let your child go barefoot as often as possible. Try to extend the time to purchase your child's first shoes as much as possible, in the meantime, use lightweight and flexible solutions on an ad hoc basis. In a situation where you need to protect the toddler's feet against the cold, choose the least invasive solutions, such as baby footies or slippers with leather soles.

Why walking barefoot is important?

Stepping on natural ground is an extraordinary experience for a child. It stimulates the nervous system and helps the toddler develop deep sensation. So don't be afraid of pebbles, sticks, and other such obstacles under your toddler's feet. The foot consists of 26 bones. It is composed of four layers of arched muscles and this complexity is intentional because the foot must function as a base of support, a mobile adaptor for uneven terrain. Sometimes it must be springy. Sometimes it must be rigid.

walking barefoot vs first baby shoes

That is why it is best to let your baby crawl and take his first steps barefoot. You should also take off your baby's shoes in the stroller, so that he can wiggle his feet and wiggle his toes as much as he likes. You will see for yourself how much fun it is!

Remember: Baby's feet feel best barefoot.

However, shoes are necessary in certain situations. The first shoes for children from our store reconcile these two ideas, providing the child with the freedom similar to walking barefoot. At the same time, they protect their feet from cuts and the cold.

What should be the first shoes for a child?

For the development and proper formation of feet is largely responsible for the environment in which the feet are located. Feet will develop in a different way, imprisoned for hours in tight shoes, and differently, those that all the time enjoy the charms of being barefoot. Therefore, the first shoes for a child should be chosen so that they do not constrain the child's feet and enable them to work in their full physiological range. This is very important because children's feet are composed largely of very soft cartilage..

Important features of the first shoes:

  • flexible and soft - with a sole that can be bent in two toes (if we need force to bend the shoe, the child's foot will definitely not cope with them),
  • flat (both the sole and the insole should be flat),
  • with wide toe box (so that the child can move the toes freely),
  • lightweight (also in winter),
  • breathable.

All of the above characteristics define barefoot baby shoes - 100% barefoot.

Baby shoes, especially first shoes for a toddler should not have:

  • appliques, indentations, and bumps on the inner insoles (insoles should be completely flat),
  • heels (even the smallest ones, because each heel lift leads to stress on the joints and changes in the process of balance formation),
  • ankle stiffeners
  • stiff heels (if the soles are flexible and allow the feet to work naturally, the feet do not need additional stabilization),

Important: If you decide to buy the first shoes for your child, remember not only to measure the foot, but also make sure, what kind of foot your child has.

Flexible first shoes for kids - our suggestions

flexible sole first baby shoes

We have gathered for you proposals of the most barefoot first shoes for children, suitable both for crawling and taking the first steps. All models of shoes listed are maximally flexible and adapted to the anatomical shape of the baby's feet. This makes that they do not affect their natural development.

Baby slippers as the first shoes for the baby?

Did you know that the baby slippers available at Bosa Stópka are much more than just slippers for children? Of course - they will prove themselves in the nursery or at home. They have maximally simple construction, so nothing stands in the way of using them also on dry, warmer days outside, while walking in a stroller or in a baby sling. In the summer they will work well as baby sandals - they have been designed with toddlers' delicate feet in mind, so they can also be worn without socks. In winter and on wet days you can wear them under the Playshoes baby footies or the first winter boots - Stonz Booties.

And what if the toddler starts to take the first steps when, due to the weather, a better foot protection is needed?

In this case, remember that the shoes should be flexible and allow the child to move freely. Do not look for models that are heavy and rigidly built. Remember that a toddler who is just beginning let's choose shoes preferably with a non-slip (treaded) sole, which provides additional safety on slippery surfaces. We have discussed the features of winter shoes for kids and barefoot suggestions suitable f his adventure with walking does not need them at this stage. In winter and autumn, the first shoes for a child must first of all provide warmth and protection against moisture.

baby slippers barefoot kids shoes ekotuptusie

Ekotuptusie, baby's first shoes not only at home

Ekotuptusie is a Polish brand, producing very flexible shoes, which will prove to be the first shoes for your child. They can be used as baby slippers at home or outside on warm days. Their simple design - material combined with leather sole makes the shoes very flexible and easy to put on, even for toddlers. The shoes are available in leather and cotton. You can choose between a classic leather sole and one with non-slip patches.

Stage

I'm crawling, First steps, I'm running and jumping

Upper

Leather, slip shoes

Insole

Model CLASSIC - without insole, model FASTER leather with 1mm foam

Sole

Leather (model CLASSIC), leather with rubber (model FASTER)

Flexibility

10/10

Ground feeling

10/10 (Classic); 9/10 (Faster)

Foot type

Normal, narrow, wide

Remarks

Not suitable for wide ankle, very high instep.

Size

S-3XL (19-27)

Country of production

Poland

Obex - Polish shoes not only for a toddler

Obex are universal shoes, made in Poland, especially recommended for chubby feet or those with high instep. We recommend Obex children shoes for every stage of a child's development. They are 100% barefoot, have flexible sole with anti-slip rubber inserts. Their upper provides ventilation and an additional layer of 3mm foam in the insole ensures proper thermal insulation. The inside of Obex shoes is finished with leather, which makes them soft and airy. They have easy Velcro fastening that allows for good fit to the foot.

elastic slippers first shoes for babies crawling barefoot

Stage

I'm crawling, First steps, I'm running and jumping

Upper

Leather Velcro fastening

Insole

Leather with 3mm foam

Sole

Leather, anti-slip

Flexibility

9/10

Ground feeling

9/10

Foot type

Normal, plump, with a high instep

Remarks

Not suitable for a narrow, Greek (triangular) foot.

Size

19-32

Country of production

Poland


Walkkings - baby's first shoes with a unique zipper

Walkkings are your baby's first shoes that have been designed with your baby's delicate feet in mind. They are exceptionally soft and flexible, thanks to which they follow the movement of baby's feet. Their undoubted advantage is the Zip Around technology. It is the fastest and the easiest way to put on and fasten the shoes, which will make dressing the impatient toddler easier. The Walkkings are made of a modern microfiber material OnStream, which has thermo-regulating properties. This makes the Walkkings suitable as the baby's first shoes on warmer and cooler days.

Stage

I'm crawling, First steps, I'm running and jumping

Upper

breathable microfiber onSteam®

Insole

Leather

Sole

Rubber

Flexibility

9/10

Ground feeling

9/10

Foot type

Narrow, Normal, High instep, Plump

Remarks

Not suitable for very wide feet and very chubby ankles

Size

17/18-21/22

Country of production

Bulgaria

first baby barefoot walking shoes walkkings

Attipas - the world's popular first shoes for baby

Attipas first baby shoes are a combination of a sock with a flexible rubber sole. They are suitable as baby shoes and also as learning-to-walk shoes. They were developed by researchers at the University of Seoul. They are popular with parents all over the world. Attipas baby shoes are not waterproof, but their rubber sole is raised. This prevents water from entering and protects the upper from damage. On colder days, the right warmth will be provided when you put on an extra sock. They will also work well in combination with Playshoes Waterproof Baby Footies. Attipas baby shoes are ideal for chubby or wide feet, but not for narrow feet. You'll find lots of patterns and colors of Attipas at out store.




first shoes for toddlers learning to walk attipas barefoot

Stage

I'm crawling, First steps, I'm running and jumping

Upper

Cotton, Nylon, Spandex, Elastane Yarn

Insole

-)

Sole

TPR (non-toxic) 1 mm thick

Flexibility

9/10

Ground feeling

9/10

Foot type

Normal, high instep, plump

Remarks

Not suitable for very narrow feet or very chubby calves

Size

S-3XL

Country of production

Korea

Bobux XPLORER series - the first baby shoes for spring walks

The Xplorer series by Bobux is ideal as the first shoes for babies and toddlers who are slowly beginning their adventure with walking. Their construction ensures toddlers free foot movement both when standing and crawling. All Bobux Xplorer toddler shoes have an extremely light and flexible foam sole. They are particularly soft and breathable, and easy to put on and adjust to the foot. They can be successfully worn without socks. To protect against excessive damage, the Bobux Xplorer shoes are reinforced in the most sensitive areas. Parents will also be delighted with the large selection of designs and colors. The Bobux Xplorer series of baby shoes includes the following models:

  • Scamp - shoes with an upper sewn from airy cotton fabric, making them suitable for warm spring or summer days.
  • Marvel - they are made of exceptionally soft leather and can be used as baby shoes in spring and autumn, also on wet days. A layer of suede leather protects them from damage.
  • Go - similarly to the Marvel model they are made of leather. They differ in reinforcement which is also made of leather.

Xplorer Marvel shoes are also available in winter version with warming for cold autumn and winter.

Stage

I'm crawling, First steps, I'm running and jumping

Upper

leather (Go, Marvel), Woven cotton canvas (Scamp), synthetic canvas fabric (Dimension)

Insole

Leather

Sole

natural rubber

Flexibility

9/10

Ground feeling

9/10

Foot type

Narrow, normal, plump, high instep

Remarks

Not suitable for very wide feet and very chubby ankles

Size

19-22

Country of production

Indonesia

first baby shoes bobux xplorer series

Froddo Prewalkers - the first baby shoes with a higher upper

Froddo Prewalkers are the 100% barefoot first baby shoes. Toddlers love them on their feet - they are maximally flexible and made of exceptionally soft leather. They have a Velcro fastening, which makes them easy and quick to put on and adjust to the feet. The non-slip sole is completely flat and thin, which gives toddlers the feeling of walking barefoot. You can choose the first Froddo Prewalkers kids shoes from a variety of energetic colors.

Do you like this model? The Froddo Prewalkers shoes are also available in a winter version, with insulation.

first walking shoes for toddlers froddo perewalkers

Stage

First steps, I'm running and jumping

Upper

Leather

Insole

Leather

Sole

Rubber 2mm thin

Flexibility

9/10

Ground feeling

8,5/10

Foot type

narrow, normal

Remarks

Not suitable for wide, chubby feet and high instep

Size

19-24

Country of production

Croatia

Playshoes Waterproof Baby Footies

Playshoes waterproof baby footies - when it's too early for wellingtons

If you are looking for the first shoes for children, which will prove themselves in rainy weather - it is worth paying attention to Playshoes waterproof baby footies. This is a great alternative to children's wellingtons. They will come in handy when the toddler is crawling or starts to take the first steps. Just put them on the baby shoes. In Bosa Stopka you will find a version with or without insulation. The Playshoes baby footies are made of waterproof material. They are easy to put on and do not slip off the feet, thanks to the adjustable welt with elastic. Thanks to this solution your baby will not have to spend time in the stroller during walks.

Stage

I'm crawling, First steps, I'm running and jumping

Upper

100% waterproof PES fabric with polyurethane coating

Insole

-

Sole

-

Flexibility

10/10

Ground feeling

10/10

Foot type

Normal, narrow, wide, high instep, plump

Remarks

Not suitable for children who can walk independently

Size

S, M

Country of production

Germany

Thermo Bootie Playshoes - baby booties for cold days

Thermo Bootie Playshoes are infant booties that will work well as your baby's first shoes for the winter or cold fall. Thermo Bootie Playshoes are 100% barefoot. They do not restrict the movement of infants' feet in any way - they are as lightweight and flexible as possible. They have a non-slip sole, so you will use them for the first steps of the toddler.Warm, windproof and waterproof - low temperatures will not be an obstacle in exploring the world.

Stage

I'm crawling, First steps, I'm running and jumping

Upper

Wind- and waterproof fabric with 3M Thinsulate insulation, fleece lining

Insole

-

Sole

Anti-slip material

Flexibility

9/10

Ground feeling

9/10

Foot type

Normalna, wąska, szeroka, z wysokim podbiciem, pulchna

Remarks

Nieodpowiednie dla dzieci, które samodzielnie chodzą

Size

XS, S, M, L

Country of production

Niemcy

first shoes for a toddler for winter super flexible barefoot playshoes thermo booties

Lulu Magical Shoes - children's first soft leather shoes

Lulu Magical Shoes are 100% barefoot first shoes for children. Hand sewn in Poland, their shape corresponds to the structure of a child's foot. They have a thin and flexible sole, are soft, made of breathable materials. The flexible and thin sole of the first Lulu Magical Shoes for children allows maximum feeling of the ground. The upper is sewn from soft cowhide, making the shoes suitable for the toddler's delicate foot. Thanks to this construction, a toddler will hardly feel them on. We recommend them especially for normal and wide feet with high instep. They will work well in spring and as autumn shoes for kids. If you are looking for something more airy, choose the Bebe model from Magical Shoes, which is made of Airmesh mesh.

Stage

First steps, I'm running and jumping

Upper

Leather

Insole

Leather

Sole

rubber 3,5 mm thin

Flexibility

9/10

Ground feeling

8,5/10

Foot type

Normal, wide, plump, with a high instep

Remarks

Suitable for dry days. If your child walks with support and still crawls a lot it is better to choose for example Attipas.

Size

20-26

Country of production

Poland

Stonz Booties - flexible baby booties for autumn and winter

The first booties for winter and cool autumn that meet the needs of toddlers taking their first steps? The Stonz Toddler Booties are flexible baby booties that are perfect for autumn and winter walks. Made of waterproof materials, they provide toddlers with proper thermal comfort. At the same time they are breathable, leave the feet free to move and allow them to feel the ground. Special shape allows to buy bigger size and enjoy shoes even for three seasons. In Barefoot Stonz Booties you will find them in two versions: autumn-spring (to which you can buy a warming insole) and more winter version - Puffer.

Stage

First steps, I'm running and jumping

Upper

fabric

Insole

Fleece-lined interior, can be additionally fitted with a warming insole (autumn and spring Toddler version) / down (winter Toddler Puffer version)

Sole

Soft, flexible PlusFoam® sole

Flexibility

8/10

Ground feeling

8/10

Foot type

Any except very narrow

Remarks

It is necessary to impregnate them against moisture. They are not 100% waterproof

Size

M, L, XL (for a foot length of 11.5-15.2 cm)

Country of production

Canada

children's first boots suitable for winter stonz booties 100% barefoot

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