It’s so fun to dress our little girls up in toddler girls dress shoes, frilly little dresses, and lots of lace and bows. If you enjoyed playing with dolls as a child, dressing up your live doll now is ten thousand times the pleasure. But, of course, she isn’t really a doll. She’s a little person with very individual person needs. And those little feet are not plastic feet which can be fit into anything and come out unscathed: they are delicate things that are still developing, and that need solid, ergonomic foot ware that will help, not hurt, that development.
In the old days the Chinese bound the feet of little girls to make them smaller and prettier. We don’t do that now and here, but some of the toddler girl dress shoes selections that parents make for their little daughters are very, very close to the ‘bound feet’ principle of foot ware. Here are two golden rules that any parent of a toddler girl should follow carefully:
And here’s a third one—buy flexible. Every part of a toddler’s shoe should be flexible, from the rubber sole to the sides and top. If you can’t bend the shoe in your hand, it’s not good foot-ware for your growing toddler. This counts for pretty dress shoes as well as for your daughter’s little sneakers or sandbox crocs.
My search for the best toddle girls dress shoes—shoes that looked pretty and stylish, but at the same time—and more importantly--- were comfortable and helped my daughter’s foot development—took me to the Pediped website; and there I found the story of another mother who shared my vision. Pediped toddler dress shoes aren’t the only toddler girl dress shoes that won’t hurt your daughter’s feet, but they are certainly well-engineered, beautiful shoes that make a good place to start.
I love the design of the Grip-and-Go Sadie Mary Janes. These are nothing like your average Mary Janes, with a solid, unflexible soul and stiff leather uppers. These shoes are as comfortable as nothing else, with a flexible rubber sole and soft leather that goes around your daughter’s feet. And they’re super cute, too.
Want something more dressy—perhaps a black shoe? Have a look at the Pediped Flex Isabella Mary Jane —a shiny black shoe with a cute little bow that will look just perfect under those little dresses. This shoe offers an adjustable fit, and the sides—stiff as they look—are actually buttery soft. The sole is natural rubber and flexible, and wearing this shoe will actually help your daughter’s foot develop properly.
Buy your daughter beautiful pretty toddler girls dress shoes that not only look absolutely right, but feel absolutely right too. They might have a steeper pricetag, but her beautiful, happy smiles will more than reward you.