The Baby Shoe Guide: When, Why, and Which?

Hello to all the new parents and shoe enthusiasts! With tiny little feet, come big questions: When should my baby start wearing shoes? What type of shoes are best for beginning walkers? And what about shoes for a 1-year-old? Dive into this guide as we at Grookz Shoes clear up these questions. And yes, it's all about the baby shoes and baby sock shoes that your child might need!

What Age Should Babies Start Wearing Shoes?

The moment your baby is born, those adorable tiny feet become a focus. Cute as they are, it's important to remember that those feet are also incredibly flexible and are developing crucial muscles. Shoes at a very early age aren’t necessary. In fact, babies benefit from being barefoot as it helps in strengthening and aiding muscle growth in their feet.

However, the game starts to change once your baby begins to walk, usually around the 9-18 months mark. This is the time to start considering protection for those baby feet, especially when they are walking outdoors. While it's essential to let their feet breathe and grow, you might want to explore our best-sellers for a range of options suitable for budding walkers.

What Kind of Shoes Should Babies Wear When They Start Walking?

When it comes to baby shoes for those initial walking moments, think comfort and functionality over style (although at Grookz, we believe you can have all three!). Here are some tips:

  1. Soft and Flexible: A baby’s foot is soft and pliable. The shoes they wear should be soft-soled to ensure they can move their feet freely.
  2. Non-Skid: Slippery surfaces can be a hazard. Opt for shoes with a non-skid sole to give your baby the confidence to explore without slipping.
  3. Breathability: Babies' feet sweat more than adults. Hence, selecting breathable materials is crucial.
  4. Easy to Put On and Take Off: Babies aren’t known for their patience! Make sure you choose shoes that are easy to put on and take off.

Our new releases feature some of the trendiest baby sock shoes that fit the bill perfectly for those initial steps!

What Shoe is a 1 Year Old?

By the time your baby turns one, they might be walking or are about to any day now. Their shoe needs evolve as well:

  1. Room to Grow: Ensure there’s about a thumb’s width of space between the shoe and the longest toe.
  2. Ankle Support: Look for shoes that provide good ankle support, ensuring stability.
  3. Experiment with Styles: While comfort remains a priority, this is also a fun age to play around with different shoe styles and designs.

One-year-olds are at a stage where their walking style is unique – some may have a pigeon-toed walk, some might walk on their tippy-toes. It’s all normal! The shoes they wear should accommodate these quirks. Check out our clearance sale for amazing deals on baby shoes for this age group.


In the journey of parenting, every milestone is exciting, and your baby's first steps are no exception. While it's tempting to buy every pair of cute baby shoes you lay eyes on, understanding the needs of those tiny feet is essential. And if you’re ever in doubt or want to gift a fellow parent, our Premium Grookz Shoes Gift Card is always a hit!

For more insights, advice, and stories on baby shoe adventures, don't forget to visit our Baby Shoe Blogs. Happy walking to those tiny feet!

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