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Top 10 Toddler Sneakers

Parent-Approved Toddler Shoes Made For Early Walkers

Parent-Approved Toddler Shoes Made For Early Walkers

Learning to walk isn't easy. It's best to create the best path forward for your littlest one by giving them the best tools possible. The AAP says children learn to walk by gripping their toes on the ground, and they don't need arch support. So at home, it's okay—and even preferred—to leave your child barefoot to promote natural foot development. While your child doesn't need to wear shoes all times, we know that you can't always send them to childcare or preschool barefoot—especially if he or she will be walking on surfaces that are uneven, hot, cold, or rocky. For these occasions, we've found the best toddler shoes made specifically for early walkers. They have rubber soles for tractions and are incredibly lightweight and flexible in order to support natural foot movement. The biggest winners also include ultra adjustable velcro systems that your child will love to put on and take off all on their own. All you'll have to do is keep up! Opening image: @ikikishoes

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April 10, 2019

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Pediped Flex Force Sneaker

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LOVED FOR: You didn't know how much you'd appreciate such an on-trend athletic look for your little one, did you? 

FUN FACT: Their construction enables babies to sense the ground beneath their feet as they learn how to walk and to develop foot strength as they grasp with their little toes.


New Balance 574 Core Sneaker

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USERS SAID: "Great durable shoe with classic styling. The velcro is one piece and easy for my four year old to put on himself. He loves that he now has shoes like his daddy! Highly recommend."

BEST FOR: With the adjustable hook and loop closure, you'll be able to control the comfort level much more easily than a standard shoe-tie.


Asics Noosa Tri 10 TS Running Shoes

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LOVED FOR: Seamless construction reduces the potential for irritation and friction caused by traditional stitches and seams, meaning your little one will keep them on throughout your entire outing!

FUN FACT: The tongue is attached to velcro strap, enabling toddlers to put their shoes on themselves without jamming the tongue down towards the toe box. 


crocs Citilane Roka Slip On Sneaker

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BEST FOR: Easy cleanup. You can get these shoes dirty or wet without having to worry.

USERS SAID: "Kid has an accident in his pants where the urine runs down his leg? With these shoes, no problem. Just wash them and they are back for action in seconds."


See Kai Run KYA High Top Sneaker

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LOVED FOR: Denim, canvas, and other lightweight materials allow kids to move freely and be active—plus the rubber toe bumpers for protection and durability.

HELPFUL TIP: Thanks to their flexibility, these shoes work great over leg braces if your kiddo is currently sporting some. 


Stride Rite Made 2 Play Taylor Sneaker

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WHY YOU NEED THEM: These sneakers work particularly well for those with wide feet.

ABOUT THE BRAND: Stride Rite has been helping kids run, jump, leap, grow, and playfully express themselves since 1919.


Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 2v Low Top Sneaker

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USERS SAID: "Barely look used, yet, [my son] wears them daily. He wears them to preschool, outside to play in, and has even used them for puddle jumping. The shoes are holding up perfectly. No rips, stains, or issues"

LOVED FOR: The soft foam sock liner for comfort will keep your babe happy. 


Native Jefferson Slip-On Sneaker

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HELPFUL TIP: Native Shoes are offered in full sizes only and tend to run on the larger size. If you fall between sizes, we recommend sizing down to the closest whole size.

WHY YOU NEED IT: All Native shoes are washable, odor resistant, shock absorbent, animal by-product free, and waterproof.


Saucony Jazz Hook & Loop Sneaker

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HELPFUL TIP: This is a very lightweight shoe, best for running and jumping and long days spent outside. (If extra protection is required, you might want to consider a shoe with a rubber toe.)

USERS SAID: "The traction on these are great. [My son] has run around in water, mud, sand, and snow in these and never had a spill i can attribute to the shoes losing grip as he is running. And they are really lightweight which was great when he just started learning to walk."


ikiki Squeaky Shoes

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FUN FACT: Adjustable squeaker turns on and off with the flip of a switch — which brilliantly helps you keep track of where your child is!

BEST FOR: Encouraging heel to toe walking.

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