Shoe store managers and websites all say that new walkers need a good-fitting shoe that has a flexible sole.
Henry is finally walking! This means I actually have to put shoes on him when we go out. Rats! He has a bunch of hand-me-down shoes, but he's either outgrown all the soft/flexible types - Robeez, etc. OR I've lost them.
I went to Piggy Toes in Lincoln Park in search of new walking shoes, but of course they don't carry any shoes under $35/$40. We did, however, have a very successful shoe-shopping trip at Target. No surprise. I bought 3 pairs of shoes, all flexible and well fitting, for the price of one high-end pair of shoes. And considering I'm averaging 1 shoe lost per month, this was probably a smart way to go. I got a pair of Skidders, which I would've loved 6 months ago, because they are sock shoes, which stay on very well. Warning, our Skidders have a strange gardenia scent, which is oddly pleasing and off-putting at the same time. Why do my baby's shoes smell like Marc Jacobs fragrance? Of course, the Target website calls all the shoes I bought "Pre Walk," so maybe I got it wrong. All I know is that Henry is happily walking in all his new shoes, and he doesn't seem uncomfortable. We shall see. I will feel terrible if he develops some debilitating injury from my attempts to avoid expensive baby shoes.