Ask Kat: Toddler Shoes

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As the mum of three small boys, an expert in baby products and a no-nonsense parent, resident blogger Kat Armstrong always seems to be called upon by friends, family and strangers to answer tough parenting questions. We thought it was high time she shared this knowledge with you, and her series Ask Kat was born. If you have questions for Kat, you can email her at


Dear Kat,

My baby is very close to walking and the weather is warming up outside. What kind of shoes should she be wearing? I hear so many conflicting reports. Some people say hard soles, and some say soft. I don’t think soft soles could offer any protection outside.

Rob, Toronto


While most people believe that soft soles are best, some still firmly (ahem) prefer a hard bottomed sole, arguing that they offer better support. I personally like something in the middle, such as the Attipas (from Korea) shoe or any other silicone or rubber shoe. Depending on how warm it is, and where the walking is happening, you have lots of options for your babe. While soft soles are probably easier on little guy’s feet, they may wear out more quickly. Best bet is to take your babe to a local kid’s shoe store, have her feet properly fitted and see what she likes to stand in.

Happy trails!


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