My hubby and I both agree that our Baby Bunny will always have new, well-made shoes. It’s one thing we won’t get used.
At the end of March, we bought Baby Bunny her first pair of good shoes for cruising around at the park, a size 0-6 month PediPeds. There was a discount if we bought 2 pairs, so we bought the next size up, 6-12 month, at the same time.
So when she finally outgrew the 0-6 size shoes this past weekend, at nearly 14 months old, I pulled out the next pair. They are HUGE! They look like clown shoes on her, and have tripped her more than once. There is way to much of a jump between these sizes, pictured below.
We headed out to several stores searching for an in-between shoe in another brand, but with little luck. Most shoes her size are crib shoes with flimsy soles meant to just look cute (and they do). After our failed shopping trip, I figured we’d just live with the shoes and she’ll grow into them.
I came home last night to a dime-sized red bump on her forehead, and 2 slightly skinned knees. She’d had a slight fall on her daily walk with daddy & doggy around the block. I’m pretty good about not freaking out about these things, but still, it’s hard to see that perfect tiny body I would do anything to protect, get hurt.
The Search For Shoes
Seeing those bumps and scrapes, made me revisit the idea of new shoes. But it’s going to take some effort. Sizing is different in every brand it seems. Here are our in store attempts so far:
- Robeez – don’t fit correctly, leaving red marks on her heels and the tops of her feet
- See Kai Run – have a good in-between size for length, but are too wide for her feet
- Other Brands at Olly – Start at size 4, too darn big
- Payless – little selection in the size 2s (which fit her best here) and didn’t like flip flops that spread the toes for young walker. In general, not that great of soles
- The Children’s Place & Macy’s – not very good soles, more of a crib shoe
- Kids Foot Locker – Nike Free fit pretty well, but were not in stock in a girls color, in her size. Also, I worry a full sneaker is too much for her developing little foot.
I’ve always preferred to try shoes on before buying, but I’ve done some online research also, since the really tiny sizes are harder to find. I’m impressed at the number of companies that make baby & toddler shoes. The baby Merrill’s & Teva’s are adorable! If we can’t get something in store, I may try ordering one of these.
This weekend we’ll venture out to the bigger mall in search of shoes for those adorable tiny feet.
If you have any suggestions for good, very tiny shoes, leave them in the comments. I’ll report more on the pros and cons of what we find.