Chloe has received lots of cute baby booties and shoes since they day she was born. About a couple months ago when she started to really want to stand, I realized how important shoes were for her foot health and growth. That's when I found out about shoes from Pediped which are soft-soled shoes that are "the next best thing to bare feet". I got the Pediped Zoe ($32) a metallic gold mary jane flat with cute star cut outs in them. What I love is that it goes with just about any outfit and you don't need to buy a multitude of shoes. She loves standing in them at the playground and when walking in them, they keep her stable. Plus, she can't take them off herself either!
Sometimes though, when they are off her feet, she'll add them into the mix with her toys!
The new Fall/Winter 2009 Pediped Couture Collection is now available and feature these styles above. I love the Audrey (black).
Here's a tip on how to choose the right shoes for infants/pre-walkers on the Pediped's site:
Choose shoes that gives stability and protection to feet. An ideal shoe should be soft and flexible, with breathable leather uppers and a fully adjustable fastening for a snug fit. The shoes should have a smooth bottom, like the palm of your hand. The smooth sole means less friction so the shoe won't grab the floor, possibly causing your child to fall. Shoes that are too sticky also tend to change a child's stride or gait as they have to lift their feet to move about. Choose a shoe that most mimics barefoot walking.