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Favorite minimalist footwear for a toddler.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 15, 2011 at 2:12 AM

So, Paleo baby started walking at 10 months (he's 11 months now) and we live in New England so his days of nothing but socks in the park are numbered as soon as it gets a bit cooler. What's your favorite footwear for your wee groks and grokettes that won't impede their perfect little postures or ability to walk, but will keep their footsies warm. Extra points for something that will work in the snow too!

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on March 15, 2012
at 12:58 AM

I absolutely LOVE Soft Star! They're so amazing and their customer service is awesome! They have winter boots too - so that works for winter. I'd love it if they developed rain boots... I know this question was a while ago, but they're having a sale right now! (Just so you know!) :)

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on November 17, 2011
at 04:45 AM

Haha! Like the Swiss village children in "Nutrition and physical degeneration."

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on November 15, 2011
at 10:30 PM

Those are my favourite. I wish they went larger, as my toddler's grown out of most of what they offer.

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on November 15, 2011
at 12:04 PM

They even sell squares of leather and suede in many craft stores. You could line the inside with rabbit fur or wool, and waterproof the outside like ImRotu suggested. Kids' feet grow too quickly to spend a ton of money on shoes for them, especially when they're babies.

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on November 15, 2011
at 03:55 AM

I second softstars, they're what my kids wore until nearly five years of age...they have so many more options now than when my kids were little...they're a good family company, all made in America(Oregon actually) to boot(ha!). http://www.softstarshoes.com/

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on November 15, 2011
at 03:20 AM

Moccasins are easy enough to find, or make. Got a Tandy Leather store nearby?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on November 15, 2011
at 02:28 AM

considering he's a boy and that I really have kept his wardrobe to a minimum, I can probably get away with just one pair of shoes at a time until he's in preschool. :-) Especially if they are well made.

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on November 15, 2011
at 02:22 AM

These may be pricier than you'd like given how quickly babies & toddlers grow, but Soft Star shoes definitely fit the bill.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 15, 2011
at 02:28 AM

considering he's a boy and that I really have kept his wardrobe to a minimum, I can probably get away with just one pair of shoes at a time until he's in preschool. :-) Especially if they are well made.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on November 15, 2011
at 03:55 AM

I second softstars, they're what my kids wore until nearly five years of age...they have so many more options now than when my kids were little...they're a good family company, all made in America(Oregon actually) to boot(ha!). http://www.softstarshoes.com/

Dc0b6400ec0a34615510f4e01cedab28

(385)

on March 15, 2012
at 12:58 AM

I absolutely LOVE Soft Star! They're so amazing and their customer service is awesome! They have winter boots too - so that works for winter. I'd love it if they developed rain boots... I know this question was a while ago, but they're having a sale right now! (Just so you know!) :)

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on November 15, 2011
at 02:30 AM

Robeez are good too. They can be expensive to buy new, but I can get them at our local second hand kid's store for like $5 a pair. They also sometimes come up on babysteals for like half price. The soles aren't waterproof though, so they aren't great for like snow or slush.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on November 15, 2011
at 10:30 PM

Those are my favourite. I wish they went larger, as my toddler's grown out of most of what they offer.

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4498698fa91a620e4ee5b618da71016a

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on November 15, 2011
at 02:32 AM

This is off the top of my head, but can't you get some pieces of leather, punch holes around the top, string it so it can be tied around the babe's ankles? Waterproof them with those sprays? I could just be making crazy ideas for no reason...haha

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on November 15, 2011
at 12:04 PM

They even sell squares of leather and suede in many craft stores. You could line the inside with rabbit fur or wool, and waterproof the outside like ImRotu suggested. Kids' feet grow too quickly to spend a ton of money on shoes for them, especially when they're babies.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on November 15, 2011
at 03:20 AM

Moccasins are easy enough to find, or make. Got a Tandy Leather store nearby?

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:33 PM

You might consider dressing him warmly and letting him go barefoot until he tells you it's too cold. Different people have different tolerances and many have said they can run barefoot in snow. But, of course, you'll have socks and mocs in your pocket at the ready!

Also, you might think of wool socks to keep his feet warm whne they get wet rather than trying to keep them dry which is often a futile exercise.

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on November 15, 2011
at 11:42 AM

I second the Softstars! Really good.

I second the water shoes too.

And All-Stars are really minimalist too. Espcecially if you take out the insole. Flat, no cushening, flexible, and over here in Belgium fashionable!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 17, 2011
at 04:45 AM

Haha! Like the Swiss village children in "Nutrition and physical degeneration."

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on November 15, 2011
at 09:27 AM

We love vivo barefoot in our house- the whole family wear them. My son is 6 and I wish I'd known about them earlier.

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on April 19, 2013
at 11:20 PM

I think we all need to bombard Inov-8 with letters to make toddler and kids shoes. Could you imagine a little pair of fLite 195s or bareLite x's????

Take a look at Skidders. They can be a bit warm in the summer around here, but overall they are very flexy and promote a natural gait. With some camp spray or teflon coating, they would probably be water resistant enough for wet/snow use.

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on November 15, 2011
at 09:17 AM

I look like a crazy lady every time I shop for shoes for my 2 year old, I go from pair to pair flexing the crap out of every shoe I come in contact with. I've been impressed recently with Stride Right they've made the soles much thinner and more flexy in the last year, you just have to bend them until you find the thinnest one. They have all sorts of cute hiking boot and flat tennis shoe styles at our local outlet store right now. I also picked up a pair of Osh Kosh hiking boots from Ross that passed the flex test.

I was also surprised at several of the styles at Target having really thin and flexible soles. Abubu is pretty good, but doesn't go past toddler size 5, sigh.

And the cheapest of all is water shoes. For $6-10 you have a super grippy and flexible shoe, perhaps not the best bet for deep winter though, although I bet some clever mama-McGyver action could turn them into something more water proof.

Rubber rain boots are also pretty flexible, but they do have more of a heel. If you add some layers of wool socks or a polar fleece boot liner your little one will stay warm in the snow with them.

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