BUYER’S GUIDE Baby's first shoes: Top picks

Is your little explorer starting to cruise, climb, or even take his first steps? Invest in some quality kicks...

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You may have heard that barefoot is best when it comes to babies – and this is indeed true. Young children should be barefoot most of the time as this helps their feet be stimulated by the ground — and this trains your little ones to develop the right balance, posture and coordination.

However, when the time comes, shoes are of course necessary to protect your child’s foot from the cold as well as getting injured by sharp objects on the ground. While parents may look to the most adorable pairs for cuteness and style, these should always come secondary to function.

Your baby’s first pair of shoes should be lightweight, flexible and should not have any arch supports or stiff sides. It should also be made of a breathable material like leather or fabric — plastic shoes are a no-no!


We look at great options easily available in Singapore. Click next…


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Pediped Originals

PRICE $64

FROM Pediped

WHAT Ideal for babies and tots learning to walk, Pediped’s Originals range are designed to mimic barefoot walking with its soft leather soles. The shoes are designed to resemble the natural shape of the foot, and are handstitched for added breathability. The shoes use Velcro fasteners so you can get the optimal fit. Available in both girl and boy designs, in 0- to 24-month sizes.

PARENTS SAY Mums we spoke to adored these shoes. The designs were adorable and there was a wide variety, from sandals to sneakers, to Mary Janes for the girls and boat shoes for the boys. They were soft, comfortable and easy to put on. Though at $64 a pair, this can be a bit pricey.

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Stride Rite Step 2

PRICE $69

FROM Striderite

WHAT Designed for toddlers who are just learning to walk, the ultra-flexible design mimics barefoot walking and adjustable closure provides a better fit. Rounded edges at the sole prevent stumbles and falls.

PARENTS SAY Less design variety than Pediped, Stride Rite seems to focus more on sneakers. We really liked that the website has a comprehensive instructional guide on how to measure your little one’s feet, so you purchase the right sizes. Pricey but check out the website for sales. Currently some are going at $39 a pair.

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Little Blue Lamb Infant Shoes

PRICE From around $36.90

FROM dearbaby

WHAT Made of premium soft leather from Italy, these soft-soled shoes are perfect for your baby’s feet. Lined with leather for breathability, it features anti-skid outsoles for better grip and traction. Boy and girls designs available for sizes 0 to 24 months.

PARENTS SAY Seems similar in design to Pedipeds Originals for almost half the price. “I loved these shoes as they have simple and tasteful designs and don’t cost me an arm and a leg for something my son will outgrow in two months…” — Joanna, mum to Brandon, 15 months.

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Bobux Step Up Xplorer City

PRICE from $55

FROM bobux

WHAT A lightweight and super-flexible sneaker that has a smoke leather upper with a geometric plus pattern. It features a “micro-armour plated toe cap” so that the toe area is protected from scuffing. Available in four different designs and colours.

PARENTS SAY Extremely soft and comfortable and they look super-edgy for the stylish tot!

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See Kai Run Steps

PRICE $59

FROM Mothercare

WHAT The rubber outsole provides balance and grip for beginner walkers and generous toe-box provides wriggle room for little toes. Made and lined with leather for comfort.

PARENTS SAY These shoes seem more suited for tots who are already quite steady on their feet. Shoes have lots of padding for comfort but we wish there were more designs to choose from.

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Clarks First Shoes

PRICE From around $59

FROM shooz4kidz (flat-rate shipping for $6 to Singapore)

WHAT Designed for babies aged 0 to 2, Clarks’ First Shoes come in sneakers, sandals, and other designs. Available in a variety of girl and boy styles, half and whole sizes, and different widths.

PARENTS SAY Trusted and well-known brand for shoes for both adults and children. Shoes are sturdy and comfortable, but seem better suited for those already walking. We liked the Boat Shoes design for boys — the perfect mix of preppy and adorable.

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UMI Weelie

PRICE $79

FROM shooz4kidz (flat-rate shipping for $6 to Singapore)

WHAT These shoes feature leather uppers and contrasting stitches and accents. It has a durable and flexible outsole with extra toe and heel protection. Awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the American Podiatric Medical Association

PARENTS SAY We were impressed by the anti-bacterial foot bed — something many mums with sweaty little boys liked! Natural moisture and body heat will work to release Chinese herbs and natural compounds to kill bacteria and de-odourise feet. The foot bed even has a wear strip that lets you know when the shoes need replacing. Simple designs with bright colours, but it’s quite pricey.

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Shupeas

PRICE $39.90 to $59.90

FROM Tentinytoes

WHAT Recommended by podiatrists and paediatricians, these versatile shoes will fit your little one till he or she is 18 months. Thanks to adjustable Velcro straps, you’ll be able to expand the length of each shoe and customise it to fit around your baby’s ankles. Slip resistant soles will protect your baby in those early months.

PARENTS SAY Durable shoes that are extremely soft and comfortable and look cute to boot. One big advantage is that all the shoes come in a one-size customisable fit, so that it can be adjusted to fit most babies up to 18 months. We also liked the large variety of designs and colours.

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