What kind of shoes should you get your little one once he starts walking? Whenever possible, barefoot is best. But once he’s ready to get outside, you’ll want to protect and support his cute little feet — but not with any kind of shoes!

The Pediatric Patient Association has a list of qualities mommas need to look for in a first walker shoe:

  1. The shoe should be flexible in the forefoot, which allows their feet to flex up and down and side to side.
  2. The middle of the shoe should provide more stability, and the heel of the shoe should offer their little heel a cushion.
  3. The shoe should be breathable! Babies’ feet sweat twice as much as adult feet (without the stink! Phew…), so make sure the shoe is made of a material that’s breathable, like leather or mesh.
  4. The soles should provide traction so they don’t take too many tumbles. In this case, rubber is best!

Knowing all of the recommended criteria, we made it even easier for you to find the perfect shoes for your little one and rounded up our ten favorite first-walker shoes!

1. Merrell Bare Step Sneakers, $50

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2. Hushpuppies Little Kids’ Marley Paw Flex shoes, $48

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3. EMU Australia Kid’s Lamb Walker, $49.95

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4. Stride Rite Wyatt Sneaker

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5. Freshly Picked Mini Sole Moccs, $65

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6. Pediped Originals Cliff Shoes, $39

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7. Old Soles Pave Cheer, $49.95

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8. See Kai Run Stevie II, $25

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9. Carters Nikson Every Step Boots, $25.50

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10. Play TY shoes, $54.95

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