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I need shoe recommendations for my 15 m/o. I bought a pair of Robeez this spring. I am less than impressed. They were great until a hole wore through the bottom. He's only been wearing them 3 months. I wrote them and got an email back saying they can wear quickly if "worn on rough surfaces such as concrete". I wrote back the nicest email I could muster saying that sidewalks are made of concrete so of COURSE he's walked on concrete with them. If someone had told me these were indoor shoes I would not have wasted my money (the website says nothing about not wearing them on sidewalks).<br><br>
In the meantime, I'm in search of a pair of soft toddler shoes that last longer than the Robeez. I still want him to have soft soles but something that will not wear out as fast. I just need something to keep his feet warm and offer some protection. Today I put a pair of his sister's old sneakers on him and the poor little guy kept falling because he isn't used to "real" shoes. He goes barefoot inside but I want him to have something he can wear outdoors at least when it's dry out.<br><br>
Am I just dreaming or can anyone recommend something that will fit what I'm looking for?
 

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Unless it's a fluke & you got a bum pair, I would guess that you would have the same/similar problem with any of the soft soled shoes (Robeez, ShooShoos, Bobux, etc). Dd hasn't worn hers on cement that much, so hers have held up great. (of course, now that winter is coming, is your son going to be walking outside on the cement that much?) But, someone told me today that Stride Rite is now making a softer soled shoe. Softer than the stiff old-fashioned white ones, but not as soft as Robeez. Just an <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/idea.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="idea">.<br>
Good luck!<br>
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I like to let him walk a lot so yeah, he'll be walking on the sidewalk even in winter <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I don't mean long walks, he's in the backpack for those, I just mean going up and down the block every now and then. Often it's just 5 minutes exploring outside our house after we've gotten out of the car. And he loves to climb up and down our brick steps, so I guess that counts as a rough surface. And we have a cement patio in the back yard. Usually he's barefoot on that (since it's in our backyard and I don't worry about broken glass or anything gross) but now that it's going to be colder I'll want shoes for that.<br><br>
I hadn't heard of Shooshos and bobux. I'll look into those. But you're probably right I'll have the same issue with any of them. I did a search and found something called Buskins that *did* mention on their website that they are best used indoors. I guess my big beef is that Robeez should state that. I would not have wasted my money if I had known that. I guess it's not a waste for some people but we're big barefeet folk here so I don't bother with shoes in the house or at Grandma's or even in stores most of the time (I mean the BABY - *I* wear shoes in stores, :LOL ) I don't need indoor shoes for my 15 month old, yk?<br><br>
Thanks for the stride rite suggestion. I'll look into those too the next time we're at the mall.
 

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Hmm, ds wore Robeez constantly and never wore a hole through them.<br><br>
My other favorite shoe is Stride Rite. They are expensive, usually $35 bucks a pair, but they have very flexible soles. You can often find them new on E-bay for a lot cheaper. Look for Stride Rite first walkers or something like that. Elefanten shoes are also very flexible and sturdy. They are even more expensive than Stride Rite, but again, can often be found new on Ebay.
 

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Daisy Roots shoes are soft leather like Robeez, but they're quite a bit thicker. It's a British company, but you can find more local sources on the internet.<br><br>
Soft Star shoes are also soft soled, but quite sturdy. I even have a pair for myself (slippers) and they're great. Good customer service too.<br><br>
peace, Beth
 

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Thanks for the suggestions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I will take a look at the Daisy Roots too. I don't think we have a stride rite outlet here unfortunately. I've learned my lesson and have emailed a bunch of baby shoe makers specifically asking each one if their shoes are meant to be worn outside. I'm not buying anything until I hear the answers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Try elefanten. I think they are german or swedish. The first walkers have a soft flexible sole. My children have been through many pairs of elefanten and have never wore a pair out.
 

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I like the Stride Right shoes we got for my dd. They are supportive but very durable. She's a moving maven and they have held up wonderfully. They're a little spendy, but I think they're worth the $<br><br>
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The stride rite Natural motion system is almost the only shoe I have put on my kids. They are so soft and sturdy. I am so paraniod about my kids feet (mine are so messed up) and I have felt it was worth every penny. We have to save up to buy them, or hit up the grandparents, but its so worth it!
 

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We loved Robeez, and I was reading this thread thinking, "What do they mean? Kidlet wore hers outside all the time!"<br><br>
Then I realized she didn't start walking until 22 months. She wore them outside but never actually walked in them...D'oh!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck-- we had a hard time once she was walking, transitioning into more outdoorsey shoes. We found hard soled ones would leave marks on her feet, and figured they weren't comfy for her. She ended up spending the summer in water socks, which worked very well.
 

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Do you have a Nordstrom rack where you live? I got my DS a pair of Stride rite sneakers there for ten dollars. Good luck
 

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We have a Nordstrom, but I'm not sure what a rack is? I don't usually shop at Nordstrom but I know where it is! It's in the "rich" mall, :LOL!<br><br>
I'm sort of confused. I looked online and the stride rite seem to have solid soles. Are they flexible? Bendable? I am not looking for stiff, solid support shoes. I am a believer in barefoot being best for babes, so I am looking for shoes that aren't too far from that. I'm not sure if everyone knows what I'm talking about or if the stride rite are just different than what they look like online.<br><br>
We had a busy weekend but this week I'll be able to hit some stores and check them out. I just remember when my dd was first walking I went to a stride rite store and they tried to talk me into these solid shoes with high, stiff ankle support. About the furthest you could get from barefeet :LOL
 

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i know that they can be expensive, but if you look, you can find Nike's for toddlers that have a more flexible sole. When my ds started walking we got him some for outside and they were great, he never had a hard time walking in them.. he was never in shoes before that, just padders slippers, they are the best sneaker i have been able to find, durable and flexible.... not all of their sneakers are that flexible though so you have to look.... we get them at the Nike outlet or footlocker has sales too, i can usually get them for $20 or under....
 

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We just got Ecco toddler boots for dd. We had went in to buy Elefanten, but our local quality shoe store didn't carry them (a quantity order thing). We tried Stride Rite and the Ecco, and the Ecco just feels better made and they are European, which I understand means they last longer (fit longer) because of the toe box shape. They are flexible and the boot part is sooo soft. BTW...we also wear Robeez, on tral, cement or whatever and have no holes appearring. Here in the Pac. NW we are looking for a waterproof sole with the rains returning, thus the move to a "harder" sole.<br><br>
Dd did have to walk around in them a while to get used to a firmer sloe than the Robeez.
 

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I don't think Robeez are supposed to wear out that fast either. I'm glad to hear so many other people have kids who wear them outside too! I don't know why they wrote me that about the concrete. I'll see what they say when they respond to my response! It's only a tiny frayed hole by the way, not some big, gaping thing. It's about the size of a baby's finger tip. I thought it best to write them before it got bigger. And he only wore them 3 months and not nearly every day (not even every week!). I guess it's possible I got a defective pair (maybe the sole isn't as thick as it should be).<br><br>
Thanks for *more* suggestions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> There are more toddler shoes out there than I thought!
 

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I'd second the recommendation for Soft Start shoes. They make them wear I live and everyone in the family has at least one pair. They are like Robeez, but have sheepskin fleece inside and are much more durable - thicker leather. I wear mine outside, have gotten them wet, and 7 years later, they are still going strong. I think that they have a website.<br><br>
Good luck!<br>
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DS generally wears Robeez or Shoo Shoos, but they are getting to be a pain now. As they wear, they become slippery on our tile and hardwood, so with his going in and out of the house so frequently, it's on and off constantly.<br><br>
He also has a couple of pairs of Stride Rite. We get them at a store called Priceless Kids. All of their shoes are $10 and they have a pretty good selection.
 

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Surprise! Old Navy has pretty great (IMHO) toddler tennies. Soft soles, wide foot, laces that are long enough to double-tie, rubber covered toes. Because they are a soft sole, they do wear through if your child spends a lot of time outside. BUT, they are only about $10/pair and are wonderfully flexible. Check out their website! We LOVED ours as first shoes!
 
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