Babies' feet are shaped differently than an adult's foot, and their shoes need special construction in order to preserve and encourage proper foot development. So in my mind, bare foot is best, as long as possible. Once a baby is standing and walking, that's an entirely different story, as shoes protect those tiny tootsies from the elements, sharp objects, ooey-gooey gum on the sidewalk, and any other hazards that come along with mobility.
However, some shoes are made exactly with babies' feet in mind and are shaped properly for even the tiniest of toes. One of my new favorite brands is Jack & Lily! This company offers shoes and boots for babies as well as toddlers, and they couldn't be any more adorable!
For babies 0-6 months, the soles are made from a slip-resistant suede. There is also great ankle support with a gentle, velcro closure. Shoes for toddlers have flexible, rubber soles that are durable and suitable for running, climbing and playing. They're also machine washable and can be thrown into the dryer, which is oh so convenient!
Here are some of my own personal favorites. Jack & Lily has over 200 possible color and design combinations, so be sure to check them out and find your own perfect shoes!
Take a look at Sophie admiring her Jack & Lily shoes:
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***Disclosure: I received sample products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***