I don't like buying shoes online, I like to feel them and bend them to see how flexable they are. That way you can also get dc's feet measured by the salesperson.
I can understand wanting shoes other than Robeez for outside. I wanted something with more cushion between ds's sole and the pavement. But you also don't need 'hard' shoes.
You can look in consignments stores too. I found some Pumas for $5 and they are super flexable.
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And how old is s/he? Ds is 12 months and has been walking like a pro for a while. It's cold and snowy, so he doesn't really get down to walk outside (really icy since he started walking). He wears Robeez inside and I think it's time for shoes. What size did you start with? How do I size him?
I keep him barefoot or in soft soled shoes most of the time but bought a pair of leather flexible soled shoes at Sears because for the same reason you're looking for shoes for your ds (snow, ice, etc.) and he LOVES to be able to run out into the snow and just play around a bit and the soft soled shoes just don't have any traction and he would fall on his little face and slip and slide on the snow and make slush and that's NO fun!
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In the house we're always barefoot but outside she always runs about so shoes are necessary.
Have you seen the new Robeez treads. They have a rubber sole for outside, but are still flexible. See Kai Run also has really flexible shoes. I think you could find their boots for sale now too.
*Oh, I just reread your post. If he's not walking outside, I don't really see why you would worry about putting anything but soft soled shoes on him.
We have Stride Rite for winter and also a pair of pedipeds for indoors. We're in MN...can't do soft soled shoes year round at all.
But, I think you should get the new toddler robeez with the new soles for outdoors. Or the pediped flex, which is the same type of idea. I love Pedipeds.
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