Walk This Way! The Best First Shoes for New Walkers

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New walkers need shoes designed to keep them upright and support their foot development. For the best first shoes for new walkers, look for a pair with a flexible sole that will help kids keep their balance and closures that make it easy to put shoes on and take them off. Find our favorite brands and great styles below!

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Carter’s Every Step


Carter’s line of shoes for new walkers, called Every Step, features sneakers, boots, Mary Janes, moccasins and even high-tops. A double hook-and-loop closure makes it easy to put on and take off these shoes, and the cute, classic styles and colors mean they’ll match with your child’s outfits.

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Livie & Luca First Walkers


The First Walkers line from Livie & Luca, which includes the precious Ruche Mary Jane shown above, provides flexibility, comfort through soft, breathable leather, light nonslip outsoles to increase stability and support, an extended heel radius for stride and gait development, a front toe cap for durability, and wide toe boxes for stability and to allow those little piggies to spread and grip.

Everyday Original from Ten Little


This smart sneaker supports natural foot growth and comes with reinforced toe caps, a no-slip tongue and non-slip, flat, flexible soles to keep your new walker on their feet. They come in vegan leather uppers in bright colors and neutral shades. Each shoe also comes with stickers so you can personalize your kid’s kicks. The Ten Little website features a Fit Finder to take the guesswork out of determining your child’s shoe size (thank you!). And once your child has outgrown their shoes and you’re ready to reorder from the site, they’ll send you a prepaid shipping label so you can mail in your outgrown shoes for free to donate to a child in need, through the company’s partnership with Soles4Souls.

Wobbly Waddlers First Steps Shoes


The First Steps line from Wobbly Waddlers, like the NADIA shoe above, feature a flexible rubber sole, leather insole, ankle support and additional stability to support toddlers as they learn to walk. The shoes in this line are handmade in Mexico and come in cute and classic styles, in neutral browns and blacks for boys and neutrals or bright colors for girls, decorated with flowers, butterflies or hearts.

BirdRock Baby Mary Janes

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Four heart cutouts dress up this classic leather Mary Jane from BirdRock Baby. There’s an elastic band at the ankle that keeps shoes snug and makes it easy to take them on and off. And with each purchase, BirdRock Baby donates a day’s worth of food to a child in need through the charity Feed My Starving Children. BirdRock Baby also makes super cute moccasins and baby booties in a variety of colors and styles and at reasonable prices.

Ro+Me by Robeez


With soft-soled shoes, apparel and socks that don’t wiggle off little feet, Robeez has already built a cult following and it’s no surprise why. Perfect for those first steps, Robeez shoes are not only adorable, but durable and they won’t slip off (we tested it ourselves!). New to Target is Ro+Me by Robeez, a new line of soft-soled shoes featuring eye-catching metallic and sequin accents and casual designs that can be dressed up or dressed down. Target’s new Ro+Me collection is especially made for babies in all stages from crawlers to walkers.

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Zutano Oxford Booties


Fans of the Zutano baby booties will love the company’s new suede leather oxford shoes, which debuted in early 2019. Crafted from genuine leather, these shoes come in six versatile colors from tan and light grey to black. Early walkers will like the cushioned insole with high density foam and the tread at the heel and toes that resists slips. Parents will love the hook-and-loop side closures, which make slipping the shoe on and off squirmy baby feet a breeze.

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Plae Ty


Get kids prepped for a lifetime of memorable play with PLAE shoes. Choose from the classic Ty style in in bright or neutral colors or Emme in silver/pink, black and garnet. PLAE shoes are machine-washable and kids can customize their kicks with colorful interchangeable tabs.

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Pediped’s flexible Grip ‘n’ Go


Pediped’s Grip ‘n’ Go shoes are designed for a toddler’s first steps, with flexible soles and spacious toe boxes that let little feet learn to grab onto the ground and march forward with confidence. Plus, they’re machine-washable, so let your little one jump in every mud puddle they want. Available in 8 colors, ranging from navy blue to glittery pink.

Stride Rite Soft Motion line


For almost 100 years, Stride Rite has been making shoes for teeny tiny feet. The kicks in the Stride Rite Soft Motion line are built for toddlers’ first steps, with bendy flexible bottoms, strong closures and rounded soles that won’t trip up your toddler. Styles include Velcro sneakers, Mary Jane’s, sandals and more. Plus, these shoes come as small as a size 3 and in three different widths, so you should be able to find ones that fit well.

See Kai Run First Walker Line


See Kai Run’s first walker line of shoes are perfect for kiddos taking their first steps. Expect shoes with a canvas lining and removable leather-lined footbed for freshness, a padded collar and tongue, and a generous toe box with enough room for healthy foot development. Parents rave about how easy it is to get these on and off.

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Freshly Picked Rose-Gold Moccasins


We wish these shiny rose-gold moccasins from Freshly Picked came in our size. With elastic for easy on-off and the tough-but-pretty leather, this pair will keep kids looking good while they walk.

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Tom’s Alpargata Shoes


Tom’s animal-themed shoes aren’t just stylish with their cool designs. They’re functional and comfortable, too. Your walker will love the shoe’s elastic dual v-notch for a more secure fit and the rubber outsole that offers increased traction.

Native Shoes’ Charley Child Waterproof Flat Sandals


Looking for a warm-weather option? Native Shoes’ Charley Child Waterproof Flat Sandals are ready for toddling through sprinklers and bringing on beach and lake trips. Two adjustable straps avoid ankle twists that loose sandals might cause, and a soft and squishy footbed feels good under baby’s toes. Pick from sea blue, navy or millennial pink.

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Mo Mo Baby Soft Sole Shoes


Mo Mo Baby has two lines of shoes we’re big fans of: soft sole shoes for super early walkers and rubber sneakers for kiddos actively exploring new terrain. All of Mo Mo Baby’s shoes are reviewed by APMA podiatrists to ensure they promote proper foot health. Each pair of shoes is handcrafted and designed to protect from rough surfaces, while still ensuring the benefits of walking barefoot.

Bobux Step Up First Walker Shoes


Whether your child is cruising or full on walking, Bobux’s Step Up line will provide enough support and protect those little feet. They provide flexibility for natural foot movement and a lightweight sole that adds durability.

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