As a parent, your child's development and safety are constant priorities. As they begin to find their feet for the first time you want to allow them to explore the world around them safe in the knowledge that you've given them all the support they need.
Buying your child's first shoes is a special moment, and we want to be a part of that.
We work together with trusted brands to make sure that we're providing you and your child with a great firstshoe experience, knowing that their little feet are properly supported and they can continue to develop naturally.
Walking barefoot is the best way for young feet to develop: babies use their toes for stability so the need to flex is really important. In fact, wearing the wrong pair of shoes can put them off even trying to walk at this early stage. However, shoes can provide protection when walking barefoot is not practical or safe. Lightweight, flexible shoes can give this protection and actually encourage the development of walking skills while still allowing the foot to move and grow naturally.
We understand that the needs of each child can be very specific, so all of our in-store children's shoe fitters are specially trained so they can give the best possible recommendations and find the perfect fit. This is really important in such young children, as often they are unable to communicate if a shoe is uncomfortable, and as their nerve-endings are still developing they may not even feel any discomfort despite the damage an ill-fitting shoe can cause.
Online you'll find a comprehensive range of supportive, flexible, lightweight shoes for your child, for every occasion. For everyday wear you could go for pretty, summery shoes for your little girl, such as Clarks Little Candy or Start-rite May; while for the boys why not try
Start-rite Harry or Pediped Jake?
As the summer heat arrives (fingers crossed!), let their feet breathe with well-fitted sandals, such as Clarks Softly Sand or Start-rite Cadenza, and let the boys find their sea-legs in the pirate-themed Clarks Puzzle Sun.
All Clarks and Start-rite first shoes come in a variety of widths so you can get the best possible fit, which is really important at this stage in development. In addition to this, we often stock alternative colours or fabrics on our website, so there's even more to choose from online. You can even get these styles delivered to your local John Lewis (except High Wycombe and our at home shops) and still have the reassurance of it being fitted by one of our trained Partners.
To add to the first shoe experience, both Clarks and Start-rite offer keepsake packages as a souvenir for this milestone event. Clarks' package includes a Polaroid photo and mount, a growing feet record card, height chart, and a first shoes booklet full of Q&As and handy tips. Start-rite has developed an online tool that provides every first shoe customer with a magical, personalised video celebrating the child's memorable 'firsts'. Both gifts are a wonderful way to cherish this moment forever.
Here's to their first steps.