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Date: 9/17/12 3:28 PM

It's time for my son to have his first shoes. He's 12 months old and isn't walking yet, but it looks like he will soon. He is getting really good at cruising.

I bought a soft soled shoe pattern a while back but haven't tried it yet. I looked at Stride Rite's website just now, and $40+ for baby shoes? I was thinking I might go get some and was okay (not happy, but okay) with spending 30 or so.

So.. do I sew my son's shoes or do I need something with a little more substance to them. I've come to the conclusion for myself that I'm only going to buy good shoes from now on, but I don't outgrow them all the time. On the other hand, I want to get what is necessary for his feet.

Thoughts?

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Date: 9/17/12 4:13 PM

I have a few baby shoe patterns but never got around to making any for my 4 (6m - 2 1/2 yr) grandchildren. They seemed a good idea, but my sister in law is the world's best thrift store shopper and every week it seems she comes home with a new pair of top quality little to never worn shoes/sandals/boots for the kids.
It might be an idea to scour some local thrift stores or second hand stores to see if they get any in.

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Date: 9/17/12 4:26 PM

On the top left of your screen, there's a search box. If you type in 'baby shoes' and set it to search 'patterns,' 24 pattern reviews here will pop up! I had no idea there were that many. And they're really cute, too.

If you want to search by brand, Simplicity 2471 has a number of reviews. Here's one example just picked at random.

Here's one for a Chloe Toes pattern.

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Date: 9/17/12 4:28 PM

My younger son wore shoes that I made up until he started going outside a lot at daycare (around 2-3 years, IIRC). Then they asked for shoes with hard soles, but until then, he wore the ones that I made, with Toughtek for soles with traction. (I think I also put batting in the soles, but it's been several years now.) I didn't have much opportunity for thrift shopping, or I would have been happy to buy second-hand, though.

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Date: 9/17/12 4:39 PM

Garage sales are a great source for all things for baby. I got lots of never/barely worn shoes when my girls were little, often still in the box. Kids outgrow shoes so quickly that IMO it is not necessary to spend a lot of money on them. Even cheap shoes will be outgrown long before they wear out.

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Date: 9/17/12 4:42 PM

I'd chat with the pediatrician or their assistant. And, perhaps do a little research and chit chat with other moms. It seems that there has been some back and forth over the years about support. I raised mostly barefoot babies in our warm climate but that was years ago. Besides, you'll want your little guy's pediatrician to have input on his feet.

Then, consider whether you want to sew something for him that will move with his feet and be skid resistant and all that other stuff.

From a purely non medical standpoint, it might help to have him in some little trainers to help him get used to having something on his feet before he starts walking or needing shoes. I have no idea how he accomplished this, but our youngest was a Houdini baby who removed his shoes all of the time. On the coldest winter day, I'd go to the backseat to get him out of all the restraints on the car seat and he would somehow have gotten his shoes off! Believe me, after this from such a little guy, I am not impressed with any magic acts that involve escaping restraints. I'm barefoot as I'm typing, perhaps the influence???

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Date: 9/17/12 5:05 PM

Barefoot!

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Date: 9/17/12 5:20 PM

Thanks all. I'll have to check out Toughtek khurtdvm--that sounds interesting.

I don't mind buying gently used second-hand as I've given away quite a few-never worn things now, but I don't like shopping. I might go check out one place, but I don't like driving all over town looking for something. There is a childrens consignment fair coming up though--maybe now I have a reason to go check it out.

The pattern I have is from sewityourself.com and it looks like a good one. I should make at least one pair since I bought the pattern. :)

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Date: 9/18/12 1:26 AM

Have you looked at Robeez? They are very soft leather shoes that aren't too expensive and very cute. Robeez.com has a sale going right now.
Here's a tutorial to make some. http://darlingdiapers.com/SDminimocfinal2.PDF

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Date: 9/18/12 8:15 AM

Target has their own brand like Robeez--less expensive, and sometimes on sale. Most of the kids in our church nursery wear them.

There is a great, fast, higher stay-on bootie pattern at:
dorothy-comewhatmayandloveit.blogspot.com

It has elastic inside at the ankle. Make out of fleece,
suede-like, corduroy, etc. You can use grippy dot or leather-like fabric for walking soles.




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