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My babies are seven months old, and seem to be on the gross motor skills development fast track. They are cruising everywhere, and (I'm guessing) will probably walking well before their first birthday. They are wearing Robeez for when we are out and about, or it's too cold to be barefoot. I love the Robeez, but I don't think they'll work well when the ground is snowy or just really wet. . . What have other mamas used in the winter? I haven't seen any waterproof soft-soled shoes, but maybe I just haven't looked in the right places. . .<br><br>
Any help greatly appreciated!<br><br>
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Lex, my ds was an early walker, at just before 9 months, and he got himself a pair of Stride Rite early walker high-tops. They are not the most "granola" shoes in the world but the soles were very flexible and he didn't seem impeded too much by them. Reilly seems like she's on the "fast track" too so I'm curious to hear what others recommend.
 

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This is a hard one for us, I really don't like using hard sole shoes until we absolutely have to (dd is over 2 and still wears Robeez). She was 18 months last winter and honestly until the last bit of winter I just carried her when we went outside and she wore robeez with socks, she really didn't care about getting down in the snow until the end of winter. Then we tried Buskin boots (soft soled with a cozy lining) unfortunately they didn't stay on she never made it to the end of the front walk before they would come off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Next we tried a pair of cheap hiking boots from Target Shiah ended up with cellulitius in her toe even though they were the right size they rubbed her wrong too firm I guess <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> We then got some stride right snow boots after she healed they worked fine no problems no where near as flexible as I wanted. This year I think I'm going to try out Lands Ends snow boots they look warm and really easy to get on and off and you can get them at Sears now. We always carried her robeez with us so when we got places she would switch and be more comfortable.<br>
So I guess I'm no help I haven't found a soft sole that will work in the snow or wet yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
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I've been wondering this myself - I just got ds a pair of Soft Star Shoes (which you can buy cheaper at <a href="http://www.blueskymama.com" target="_blank">www.blueskymama.com</a>) and I love them because they are lined with sheepskin and seem really cozy. They are thicker and more durable than the Robeez but I doubt they'll stay dry in the snow. Let us know what you find!
 
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