Soft Motion Martin (First Walking) Boot - Black Shimmer
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Wearing shoes (period) was their first Mount Everest, now they’re ready to tackle the backyard, playground and beyond. Send them in the direction of their boldest playtime dreams in our Soft Motion Martin Boots, designed to help new walkers develop their balance naturally. The everyday casual look and ultra-comfy feel make these the perfect partner for seizing the day their way.
Baby’s premium leather boots with a hook-and-loop closure
Memory foam footbed for superior comfort
Easy on and off with an oversized opening and hook-and-loop closure (plus, elastic faux laces!)
Flexible, rounded, slip-resistant soles encourage natural motion and help improve balance
Anti-stink recycled twill linings help reduce odor
Seamless construction cradles their natural shape
Leather Care Instructions
Brush off dry dirt
Use a damp cloth with a little mild detergent
Stuff shoes with newspaper and air dry
Treat leather with conditioner, if desired
stride rite measuring tool
You can also trace your kid’s feet and convert the measurements to their ideal shoe size with our Step by Step Size Guide.
PRINT Stride Rite Size Guide: click on image to print as a pdf.
Remember to print at 100% or actual size to ensure the most accurate measurement.
fitting tips and tricks for parents
We could go on all day about the dos and don’ts of shoe shopping with kids. When it comes to finding the perfect fit, here are a few of our favorite hacks:
don’t measure in the morning.feet naturally swell during the day. so, it’s best to try on new shoes after kids have been running around for a few hours.
don't buy shoes that are too big.putting a kid in shoes that are too big can have unintended consequences when it comes to proper foot development. kids' feet do grow fast, but putting growing feet in the wrong size shoe just to get a few months of extra wear really isn't worth the risk.
don't buy them too small, either.the one exception to the rule of buying true-to-size is when your kid's feet are two different sizes or in-between sizes. in either case, always go with the bigger size to avoid squishing their feet!
do get involved.you know your kid best. during a shoe fitting, ask your kid how the shoes feel on their feet, and check each area of the shoe yourself to made sure they fit just right.
do more than stand and walk.the best way to gauge a shoe's true fit is to watch them in action. ask your kid to jump, dance and jog around when they're trying on shoes so you can see how they move.
do get a second opinion.get hands-on help finding the right fit for your kid's new shoes at any authorized stride rite dealer. Fit experts are trained to know all the right places to check.