There really is no “set in stone” time in which you need to purchase your child’s first pair of walking shoes, as each and every single child on the planet learns to walk and develop at their own pace. However, it’s a good idea to start thinking about getting your hands on your child’s first pair of walking shoes when they really start to motor around independently. This is different than when they first start to take their first stumbly steps, as you want them to stay barefoot or as close to it as possible so that they can really develop the muscles in the bottom of their feet and their sense of touch.
Shoes too early is just as bad as shoes too late, though you’ll probably want to err on the side of caution and have your little one go without walking shoes (completely different from protective shoes which they should have almost from day one) for a bit longer than absolutely necessary.
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