After having spent 15 months wishing for Monsieur Baby to become more mobile (in terms of walking, he was one of the late ones amongst his little friends, I was starting to get a bit worried that my lazy genes had got to him), I am now eating my words: my little munchkin started taking his first steps and of course, in his usual fashion, he has taken to it with such gusto that he is now trotting everywhere and leaving a much wider trail of destruction than when he was on his fours. Oh dear...
Still, I'm in no rush to get Monsieur Baby in hard-soled boots yet, his foot is still developing and he needs shoes which are soft and supple and non-restrictive, however with some good support to avoid falls. Also he seems to have inherited my high-arched feet, which means that most brands don't fit him.
Thankfully, Tip Toey Joey seems to have designed a range especially with my toddler in mind, with shoes specifically designed with a rubber sole which is both grippy (I know, that's not a real word) and flexible. The best thing about these is the stretching heel which makes them super easy to put on (even when the little monster is wiggling like an eel) but hard for him to pull off. They are very light as well which is perfect for those hesitant first steps... Most styles have little velcro straps or fake elastic laces, which means style isn't compromised, and the little girls' collection is absolutely gorgeous!
Although this is a Brazilian brand, you can order them online from: