“What shoes should I buy for my cruising baby?” or “When should I buy my baby his first pair of shoes?” are questions you hear again and again in parenting groups. It can be really hard to know what’s right, with lots of conflicting advice around, and all kinds of shoes available in the shops.
When my eldest was a baby, I came across Dotty Fish leather shoes (although at the time known by a different name), and they were amazing! My boys were all on the later side in walking (at 15 months, 18 months and 14 months) so they spent quite a while in that stage where as non-walkers, they weren’t quite ready for “proper” shoes but still needed something to protect their feet so that they could explore in places like the park.
Nine years and four kids later, I’m still loving Dotty Fish shoes and have a few different pairs for N. I got her first pair at 7 months once she was cruising around and wanting to stand, to prevent her from slipping while in tights or socks, but still giving her freedom not to be restricted or weighed down by heavy shoes.
Dotty Fish have been working with The London Podiatry Centre, one of the most advanced podiatric clinics in the world. They looked closely at the effects of soft-soled footwear on a child who is learning to walk and taking those crucial first steps.