Baby’s first steps have to be one of the most exhilarating, exciting, and rewarding experiences of parenthood. It shows just how far your baby has come and marks a new milestone, opening the door to a whole new world of experiences. To get baby to their thrilling first steps (and to help them conquer future ones), it’s important to consider the types of baby shoes your little one wears. Before walking comes crawling, and no, they can’t go everywhere in those cute baby socks. But don’t fret: crib shoes are the perfect option. They easily slip on and off and they’re super flexible. They let baby push off on their toes comfortably, allowing them to explore on all fours without missing a beat. Plus, crib shoes add some protection against the elements, and (although they might initially keep kicking them off) gets baby used to the idea of wearing shoes full-time. We absolutely love the adorable baby crib shoes from Robeez. Next up: Stage 2. Standing is the very important precursor to crawling and walking. (They should really put a clause in between the saying, “You can’t walk before you crawl.”) Here is when you’ll really need to pay attention to the types of shoes your baby wears. A shoe that provides sturdy ankle support is key. Remember, they’re not used to standing without some support so shoes that lack ankle support won’t reinforce the proper way to stand. Other things to look out for? Stronger materials and rubber outsoles that provide grip to help you skip the tears from slips or bumps into hard surfaces. When it comes to standing shoes for babies, Stride Rite never lets us down. Is your baby standing on their own now? Time for Stage 3: Early walking. Look for sturdy shoes with a rounded toe and more flexibility than Stage 2. It will encourage a natural stride, and helps them to refine the proper standing techniques they developed previously━on their own. Girls and boys shoes from Geox and toddler shoes from Pediped offer great Stage 3 options. On to Step 4. Now that your baby has mastered walking, it’s time for a little more responsibility. Easy closures allow them to put on their own shoes (albeit, possibly on the wrong foot) while less developmental restraints mean more options to dress them up in fabulous style. We’re loving the mini-me designer shoes for kids by Stuart Weitzman, Moschino Kids, and Cole Haan. Hitting the playground? Stage 5 kids’ sneakers are key. The best sneakers provide stability, arch support, breathability, durability, and style. We’ve got fun metallic girls’ sneakers, superman boys’ sneakers, and classic kids’ light-up sneakers, plus more. Wondering what size shoe your kid wears? We’ve got that covered. Print out our handy shoe measurement chart, place it on the floor to measure, and voila: you’ve found their accurate shoe size.