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I have a pair of adult shoes from this online brand and I think the kids’ version, just launched today, is adorable! But my impression was that early walkers need to be professionally fitted for shoes? And is it okay support-wise that the upper on these is all wool and therefore fairly unstructured? https://flipboard.com/article/allbirds-launches-a-kids-shoe-line-called-smallbirds/a-98tk5WXZRGu1UfpRPAeF5w%3Aa%3AXXX-XXXX-41c9f136fb%2Ftechcrunch.com

  • Sara
    Oct 24, 2017

    I wasn’t sure but I just ordered a pair for myself today because I’ve been meaning to 😂

  • Andrea
    Oct 24, 2017

    @Sara I accurately predicted you’d be the first to comment on my TechCrunch link question. 😉 So you went for Allbirds but no Smallbirds?

  • Sara
    Oct 24, 2017

    Yeah mom of the year over here 😂

  • Kristen
    Oct 24, 2017

    Many kids will have been walking for months and even up to a year before fitting the smallest size of the smallbirds (5T). My daughter is 22 months, a size 6 and has been walking almost a year. That said, good walking shoes for beginners are very flexible, so that they can grip with their toes and bend their feet. Our best walking shoes in the beginning were Bobux and a pair of all leather t-straps from mon petit shoes, both of which are very unstructured, and don't provide a very different feeling than being barefoot. I highly recommend Bobux for a first rubber soled sneaker. With elastic and one little Velcro strap, they go on quickly and are comfy enough to wear even without socks. We still love the brand. And I'll be getting some smallbirds soon as well!

  • Amy
    Oct 25, 2017

    My kids were never professionally fitted for shoes. They all got shoes from Walmart, except my third since we were living in Japan. Still just bought at a box store for him too. I was always told by pediatricians to just make sure the sole is flexible and allows movement. Otherwise they're hard to walk in. My test is to bend the soles inwards and outwards. If it can't bend or feels stiff as it bends then I don't buy it. I do that until they're confident walkers and runners and climbers.

  • Diana
    Oct 25, 2017

    I get “freshly picked” moccasins for my 11mo who has been walking about a month. They’re $60 online 😲 but $25 at Nordstrom Rack. 😬 I’ve read that they do grip with their toes & the thin leather (practically a leather sock) helps them do that. I’ve also read that they don’t need arch support at first. But who knows! Lol.