Wondering when to get your little one his first pair of shoes? Experts recommend putting shoes on little feet as soon as the toddler can walk on his own. When purchasing the first pair of shoes, keep in mind these tips: soles should be flat to aid in balance, soft soled allow for flexibility and comfort, and have traction to limit slips and falls. One popular brand locally-made, Robeez, was actually designed by a young mother herself. These shoes come in many fun colors and designs! Keep in mind that barefoot time is still needed, since little feet must have the time to grow naturally and not be confined by shoes. And the muscles of the foot can actually gain more strength without the aid of a shoe! Nothing beats the feeling of running through cool grass on a summer day!