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Best First Walking Shoes For Baby and Toddler

As parents, we know how exciting and bittersweet watching your baby take his or her first steps can be. You're happy that they are becoming little independent beings and let's be honest, at the same time, you're glad you won't have to tote them around everywhere. But, those first tentative steps can trigger images of them walking away from you into their first day of kindergarten, across the stage at their college gradation, and down the aisle at their wedding. Cue the tears, it's such a monumental moment in their little lives.

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Pediped, Jack and Lily, Umi and Robeez are some of our favorite brands for baby and toddler's first walking shoes. These shoes will protect those precious little feet as they take their first wobbly steps into your arms and continue as they run, jump and hop into toddlerhood and explore the world beyond.


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Pediped shoes are the "next best thing to bare feet". Pediped Originals are great first shoes for infants and new walkers. For toddlers and more confident walkers, they also have Grip 'n' Go and Flex lines.

Pediped "Original" shoes top features:

  • Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development.
  • Ultra Light Technology™ includes flex grooves for natural foot movement and maximum flexibility
  • Promotes quality foot health
  • Flexible soles to mimic barefoot walking
  • Non slip diamond tread
  • Stylish and high quality
  • Foam insoles and cushion provide comfort and shock absorption
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Pediped has fashion forward styles for every walking stage. Pediped  shoes have been officially recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) as being beneficial for children's growing feet and come in over 130 styles in sizes newborn to youth 4.5.

We got a pair of the Originals Charleston to review and we loved them! Judah was excited to put them on every time and they are very light weight, which we liked since some heavier shoes can seem to throw new walkers off balance. They look very stylish and I love that they seem to really cushion his foot without being bulky. I love the warm chocolate brown color as we're moving in to Fall and Winter.

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Shop! Check out the Pediped Originals shoes for pre and early walkers. Prices range from $26-41.

Jack and Lily

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Jack and Lily shoes are committed to healthy feet through the development of high quality baby footwear. Jack and Lily MyShoes are perfect for pre and new walkers.

Jack and Lily "MyShoes" shoes top features:

  • Handcrafted
  • Non toxic, breathable, premium leather
  • "Baby" soles feature soft flexible soles
  • "Big" soles feature flexible thermoplastic rubber
  • Flexible to allow freedom of movement
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Jack and Lily have over 200 combinations of style and color. They proudly provide baby and toddler shoes that are ultra soft and fashionable.

We tested out a pair of Jack and Lily's My Shoes in Solid Black. They were really sturdy and feel like they will keep his little feet warm over these next cooler fall months. I liked the clean look of this style and the fact that they can go with almost any outfit I choose.

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Shop! Shop the Jack and Lily My Shoes baby and toddler line. Prices range from $30-32.


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Umi knows that running, skipping, and exploring are serious pleasures of childhood and it all begins with those first tentative steps. Umi offers a little love for little feet.

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UmiBaby Shoes Top Features:

  • Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Handcrafted with nontoxic, natural, breathable materials
  • Ultra Lightweight Design for easy movement
  • Herbal, antibacterial footbed to keep feet healthy
  • Thicker flexible outsole for protection
  • Ankle and heel padding for extra comfort
  • Spacious toe boxes allow for room to grow without pinching
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Umi believes in creating thoughtful shoes for thoughtful souls. Their shoes are hand crafted out of non toxic, environmental friendly, natural materials and shipped in 100% recycled boxes! Umi puts extra care into their shoes offering lightweight, durable shoes that protect baby's feet without weighting them down.

All Umi shoes have been approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) The UmiBaby line offers 26 styles of baby shoes in a rainbow of colors. For bigger kids shop the toddler, little and big kid lines with hundreds more styles to choose from!

We received a pair of the Weelie - Coal UmiBaby Shoes to review. We love the color palette on these shoes, perfect for fall. They are both sturdy and soft and we enjoyed wearing them for our first outing to new our new library. He looked very trendy toddling around playing and reading books and the contoured rubber outsoles allowed him to roll up on his toes to get a good run started! You can tell Umi puts a lot of love into their shoes for little feet!

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Shop! Check out UmiBaby shoes. Prices range from $53-60.


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Robeez shoes knows that the best shoes mimic bare feet and are perfect for indoor or light outdoor use for new walkers.

Robeez Shoes Features:

  • Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Durable high quality leather
  • Non slip suede outsole
  • Flexible for good foot development
  • Soft sole for indoor or light outdoor activity
  • Elastic ankles to help shoes stay on
  • Many of them have appliqué details
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We received the Bow Wow Soft Soles to test out. Robeez soft, flexible shoes provide protection but aren't restrictive on growing feet. The suede bottom allowed for his toes to help him grip and keep his balance as well as keeping him from slipping on smooth surfaces since he's decided to start trying to RUN!

These little slip ons are easy for moms to get on and off and a little more of a challenge for babes than velcro shoes. Since he always tries to take his shoes off in the car, these shoes actually saved me time when we go out. I no longer having to look for shoes thrown all over the backseat and put them on again. The printed pup with the appliquéd details is fashionable and fun! He kept stopping and pointing to his feet saying "puh puh" for puppy!

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Shop! Explore the Robeez Fall/Winter Boys and Fall/Winter Girls line full of fun appliqués and bright colors. Shoe prices range from $20 to $38 depending on style and design. Use code AW42SW for 20% off everything, but hurry it expires 10/31!

If you have a new walker, or are about to have a new walker, in your life you need some of these cute shoes. The problem is going to be which of these best walking shoes will you to buy! I may have a kid shoe addiction, but with amazing companies like these, how could I not?

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Shop! Find a new pair of shoes for your little walker this Fall/Winter! Visit Pediped, Jack and Lily, Umi and Robeez to pick from the best companies for baby shoes one the market!

The Shopping Mama was not paid for this post. The brand or representative provided samples. 

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