A baby’s first steps are an amazing thing. It usually comes at a cost though as you will now be buying shoes (if your child is anything like our first) every few months. Children’s shoes can be expensive but getting the correct fit and support is so important for their soft bones. We all know that barefoot is best for new walkers but when you venture outside you need a little protection. Start-Rite make shoes from pram shoes up to school shoes.
We chose First Zak – Blue Boys Rip Tape First Walking Shoes. It says ‘boys’ but the beautiful bright blue leather is unisex in my opinion and is a nice change from the usual navy blue on offer from other brands.
The leather is supple meaning babies’ feet have room to spread. Both my sons have inherited their
We had his feet measured in store but Start-Rite also have an online app available to measure your child’s feet at home. Alternatively, you can buy a foot gauge from their website to keep at home, something we will be investing in.
Back to the shoes…
Our baby is still in the early stages of walking and when tired he tends to start dragging his toes. The First Zak shoes have a brilliant strong rubber toe and heal which means both his little toes and the shoe are protected from scuffs and scrapes.
Like most babies our son has a habit of pulling off his shoes as soon as he gets the chance. The sides are slightly higher adding ankle support which along with the Velcro straps make it (nearly) impossible to pull off. I haven’t found a shoe he can’t get off yet!
- Soft leather and varied width option
meansoptimal comfort for baby.
- Rubber toe means shoe will last longer.
- Some might find the price is a little high for babies forever growing feet but we personally think the quality is worth it. In this case, you get what you pay for.
All in all, a great company making excellent shoes. If you have a little walker, these are definitely worth looking at.