You’ll be well and truly listening to the actual pitter patter of tiny feet once your baby becomes a toddler, and discovers that legs were made for keeping mum really busy! Baby’s first steps: one of those mega proud parenting moments where all the sleepless nights, self-doubt and moments of sheer panic suddenly don’t seem so bad. But now your toddler has gotten the hang of being mobile, those little feet are going to need some suitable shoes to keep up with them (and you’re going to think about child-proofing your house!). We’ve found the stores around Singapore where you can find the best shoes for first steps, from the wibbly wobbly stage through to rock steady steps…
The Elly Store
Slip little feet into a huge selection of kids shoes over at The Elly Store: Cute but sturdy picks include Pediped, Old Soles, Bobux, Tip Toey Joey, Converse, Native, Salt Water Sandals and Duvic. But the best thing of all? The Elly Store totally gets that kids with extra needs are not always cut out for a long shopping trip with crowd overload. We love that The Elly Store has introduced The Quiet Hour: it is now opening for an extra 90 minutes on two days of each month and goes the extra mile to make shopping for shoes as comfy and stress-free as possible for little ones with special needs. Bravo.
The Elly Store, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-31/33 Cluny Court, 259760; www.theellystore.com
Le Petit Society
We love any excuse to pop over to Le Petit Society to kit out our kids with a gorgeous new wardrobe, and its stylish selection of leather soft walkers are utterly fabulous too. We’re seriously swooning over the Hubble & Duke and Pretty Brave collections: It’s futile to resist the Baby Chelsea Rose Gold Tbars (pictured above) for pint-sized girls or the Black Dragon Hi-Tops for tiny dudes. Order online and pick up from the lovely new store at Downtown Gallery – where you won’t be able to resist picking up extra goodies!
Le Petit Society “In Real Life” Concept Store, 6A Shenton Way, Downtown Gallery, #03-10 Singapore, www.lepetitsociety.com
As English as the bacon butty, Clarks Shoes has been ensuring small feet take the right first steps since 1825! Its first shoes range are just the ticket for tiny toes and come in a heap of colours and styles suitable for the very first toddle through to the oh-such-fun sprinting stage.
Clarks Shoes, various locations; www.clarks.sg
Another stalwart of the kids’ shoe world – and every other baby accessory under the sun for that matter – Mothercare stocks the colourful yet practical See Kai Run range. You’ll find soft cruising shoes for the wobbly first stages of shoe-requirement as well as sturdier options for when your todler really finds their feet.
Getting the right fit for little feet is super important, and we love that every time you visit a Stride Rite outlet, toddlers (and kids of all ages) will have their feet measured by a certified fit expert. Once you have the right size sorted, it’s time to pick out a pair of treads specially designed for feet that are just getting the hang of things. Goodbye pram, hello independence!
Stride Rite, various locations; www.striderite.com.sg
Hailing from New Zealand, the cool Bobux brand was the first to create all-leather soft soles for early walkers. Head over to its website and use the Expert Fitting Took to ensure you get the right size, and then order a pair of podiatrist endorsed shoes online. Perfect for kids who have zero tolerance for shopping! We’re just a little bit in love (okay, a lot) with the Dandelion Print Mint soft shoes featuring the new Bobux sole (pictured above). If you prefer trying before buying, check out the range of Bobux picks available at The Elly Store (details above).
Bobux, online; www.bobux.sg
Pop over to the Cluny Court store, or check out the online options that will have you browsing cute shoes for early walkers through to teens for hours: prepare to fall down a rabbit hole of Mary Janes, sneakers, pre-walkers and oh-so-snazzy sandals! We love the Froddo First Shoes range which have been designed in Europe specifically to promote healthy development of children’s feet. The fully leather shoes use only certified natural materials so when your little one has a chew on a shoe (that WILL happen) at least you know there are zero toxins or harmful substances in that snack. Bonus points for free shipping!
Hopla! Singapore, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road #02-23 Singapore; www.hopla.sg
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