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I know soft soles are best when little ones are learning to walk. We've loved our Robeez and See Kai Runs, but now my ds is a running, climbing, jumping two-year old. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">: Should we be sticking with the soft soles or is something else important now?
 

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We love Crocs! Especially the new Croclings. They have an elastic type top that makes them stay on better.<br><br>
We also love Lands End toddler water shoes. They are super flexible and really easy to get on and off. My son wore them every day last summer (he was 1.5 or so). They are hearty enough to be a "real" shoe, but flexible and comfy enough for toddlers.
 

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Pedoodles. Soft rubber bottom. (Thanks CNutty!!)<br><br><a href="http://www.pedoodles.com/" target="_blank">http://www.pedoodles.com/</a>
 

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Soft soled shoes are still important. Here's a great webpage with lots of info:<br><a href="http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/" target="_blank">http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/</a>
 

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Chuck Taylors ROCK!
 

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crocs, stride rites, and pedoodles are what my 2 year old is wearing right now and he is extremely physically active inside and outside
 

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<span>Mine isn't 2 yet, but he started walking (not toddling, but basically running) at 8 months, so he's very advanced. Anyway, I wouldn't put anything on him but Stride Rite for support. Otherwise, he goes barefoot a lot & I did buy him some crocs for the waterpark. The nice thing about summer is that they tend to go barefoot so much that the type of sandals seems less important than in the winter when they live in their shoes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></span>
 

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The pedoodles are so cute, but they didn't last long for my dd. The stitching came out, so the sole and the upper separated. The first time it happened (within 2-3 weeks of purchase) I called the company and they replaced them--nice customer service. But the second pair didn't last much longer and I gave up.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Dd now loves her stride rite mary jane tennis shoes--they're easy for her to get on and off herself. Ds wears Ecco's.
 

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subbing--we need to get some new summer shoes!!
 

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I have recently been getting stride rights since I keep finding them cheap. Ds runs barefoot most of the time, but I don't want him to hurt his feet outside.<br>
I have been able to find them cheap though and he loves them. He kept putting his sandals back on yesterday.
 

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We're using Crocs (which really do stay on!) and Stride Rites (the "stage 3" semi-flexible ones), and both are just great. Ds goes barefoot inside, but I'm not thrilled with the idea of barefoot at our local playgrounds.
 

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I love his converse high tops. The sole is rather flexible so he can run and play without having those cloppy feet.
 

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Thanks so much for all your replies, especially to Shanana for the <a href="http://www.unshod.org" target="_blank">www.unshod.org</a> link. Very interesting. It got me thinking about my own feet, too.<br><br>
Check out the article on today's front page of Mothering.com. It is just exactly on topic.<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/growing_child/child_health/barefoot-season.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/articles/gr...ot-season.html</a><br><br>
I'm very interested in the Preschoolians. And still liking the See Kai Runs which ds has been wearing.
 

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I like Eccos for kids, especially a pair that come up to the ankle. They are a bit pricey but good quality shoes. They have a very flexible sole but enough traction to help them climb, etc.<br><br><a href="http://www.eccousa.com/shoes/kids/" target="_blank">http://www.eccousa.com/shoes/kids/</a><br><br>
The above link is for the company. Also, they are sold at Nordstrom's and often on sale or clearance. I got a pair for $32 for my DS and we had them about 2 months and I went back in to get a new pair because I just assumed my DS had grown that quickly. The manager said that should not have been the case, and let me pick out a new pair at no cost.<br><br><br>
We also got a pair last summer that after 2 weeks they weren't quite the fit we wanted, and Nordstrom's again exchanged them without hassle.<br><br><br>
Nordstrom's also has Stride Rite and Crocs.<br><br>
I now buy DS shoe's there because the return policy is so great and sometimes you just don't know how a shoe will fit after you leave the store.
 
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