Just thirty to forty years ago, there were many people who thought that baby shoes needed to be stiff and hard in order for a baby to best learn how to walk. Do you remember seeing baby shoes that were made of very stiff, white leather and came up over a baby's ankle? Many believed that those shoes were very necessary to help a baby learn how to walk, and to keep the foot forming as it should. Those shoes were often not the most effective baby shoes because, until they were broken in, the bottoms were slick and offered no traction. Those old leather high-top shoes were tantamount to placing a baby in a pair of overly-stiff ice skates.
Basic safety comes first, so the most crucial factor when looking for the best baby shoes is that the bottom of the shoes are made of a material that provides traction. Shoes that are slippery on the bottom create trouble for your child as they learn to walk. We definitely would not try to have our baby take his or her first steps on ice, and if the shoe's surface is hard and the flooring is shiny and smooth, it is a similar condition. With that in mind, if there are a pair of shoes that will work well outside of the slick sole, it is possible to make use of some sandpaper to scuff the sole up quite a bit. You will want to make sure that you rough up the sole enough so that the slick areas are gone, and this will help to lessen the chance of an accident occurring.
While the traction the shoe gives is important, it's also important to pay attention to the flexibility of the shoe, too. Well before you put a shoe on a baby's foot, first try bending the toe toward the heel of the shoe. If it just won't bend at all, that is not a very good choice for your baby. An exception to this is if a pediatrician or podiatrist put your child in a corrective shoe or if your child was suffering from other uncommon situations that warrant specialized footwear. If corrective issues aren't a concern for your baby, concentrate on obtaining shoes that are just as comfortable for their feet as the ones you buy for yourself. While flexibility is important in baby shoes, it's also very necessary to be certain that shoe soles are still thick and strong enough to keep your baby from harm due to anything they may step on.
Another way you should consider choosing the best baby shoes is to choose ones with upper material that is comfortable to wear. If you would not find a texture comfortable, do not put it on your baby. Forgo any types of plastic shoes that will cause your baby's foot to sweat and will not allow them to breathe, and instead, select shoes that are made of a breathable material.
You will find differing schools of thought concerning whether or not to use high-tops for your baby. The best option is talk to your child's physician about their feelings on the matter and go from there. Remember that babies can be like little escape artists when it comes to getting out of their shoes, so if your baby is one of those, and you don't wish to keep putting them back on while you are out and about, the high-top baby shoes may be the better choice for you.