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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Infant's Shoes: Email Advice

Hi Dr. Blake,

I am currently looking to purchase a pair of shoes for my 14 month old daughter. I have not put her feet in shoes until this point, and I wanted to ask what good options would be? Thanks for any help! I love your blog!

Dr Blake's comment:

     Experts in Children's Feet (which I am not) say that if the child has had normal development (crawling by 8 months, walking by 12 months, no history of severe flat feet in family) then a flexible shoe should be used. The 2 best companies are Robeez and Stride Rite for this type of shoe. 

     If the child does have delayed crawling/walking patterns (my second one did not walk until 15 months), then a rigid shoe should be used. Stride Rite also makes this type of shoe. 

     I hope this helps your decision. Rich

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