As our little tots take their first steps it’s time to think about taking a trip to the shoe shop – not that we need an excuse! And it’s totally guilt free as it’s those all important first shoes for what was not so long ago our little new born.
Although there may be some seriously cute mini-me styles across the high street babywear departments we all know they should just be for ‘weekends’ and investing in a pair of professionally fitted, specially designed first shoes is a must. Here’s why:
- Between the ages of 1 to 4 your child’s feet will grow up to two shoe sizes every year, then by age 5 their bones start to close together and will continue to grow for at least ten more years.
- When your baby is at the cruising stage you should get their feet measured regularly as they can grow up to three whole sizes in the first year.
- Once your tot moves on from wobbly steps on their own to becoming a confident walker they’ll start to learn to jump and run; needing special support. Not to mention the breathability required for sweaty little feet that are always on the move!
You will probably get the all important first shoes at the crawling or cruising stage, when shoes need to be lightweight and flexible but also stable to protect little toes. Then, once walking is confident the shoes need to become sturdier.
We took Coco Lily to the classic go-to for children’s shoes, Clarks where we were talked through all of the above by a trained fitter and shown our choices for the stage she was at (cruising-come-wobbly walker!). We chose the Ida Chic style (pictured below). Coco Lily isn’t one for girly girly flowers but this dark pink goes with most of her wardrobe and the flower design was quite simple. Also, the dark sole seemed the most practical. The raised sole at the front means if she does crawl in them her toes are protected and the inside is the softest leather I’ve ever felt.
Sitting comfortably, her feet were measured for length and width and we were given her size of 4 1/2 with a F width fitting. Out came the chosen shoes and once they were on the fitter took some photos (after much persuasion to try walking in them, to no avail, we settled for a sitting down pose!) and they were printed and placed in a pack for us to take home. The pack also contained a height chart and a card with the date and size measured and a recommendation for the next fitting, in 6-8 weeks. Yes, SIX to EIGHT weeks. If only someone could tell us we need more shoes with the same regularity as roots being retouched!
And if you’re approaching that landmark purchase here’s the best of the rest from Clarks First Shoes this season:
If you’ve already had a fitting and know the size you can buy online here
And to be fair to Coco Lily, after showing off her first shoes to the world, here’s her mama in hers…