Yes, Ace has been introduced to shoes. Now that he's mobile and wanting to walk everywhere, I thought it was important to get him walking in shoes as well. Especially on public floors and even more importantly on hot sidewalks (ouchie!) we obtained a pair of the soft sole Stride Rites, specifically these pictured to the left. Both my husband and I were advocates of no shoes until necessary and even now Ace only wears his shoes when outside or in public places. Research shows that arch development and foot health in general is better when kids do not have their ever growing toes crammed into a pointless shoe all the time. Although don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of the cute factor.
So I was super excited to get Ace in his first pair of shoes when he started walking. However, when he first started to really gain speed when we put a pair on him (ones given to him at his baby shower) he would just crawl feeling his little toe gripping feet had been handicapped and thus preventing him from being mobile in the upright fashion. A few more weeks of confidence building and we tried again ... although by then he had outgrown the gifted pair. :) So to the store we did go and purchased ourselves these slightly spendy pair of 4.5 Stride Rite shoes (bought a half size "too big" so he can grow into them and not waste $$$ by outgrowing them in less than a month.) They are the soft soles and he walked pretty darn well around the store in them, so they came home with us. His first shoes!
We had also been gifted a pair of hard sole shoes from one of his cousin's. Stephanie's son Hudson is a few months older and had outgrown this pair of adorable blue shoes and so it was great to have two pairs around the house/diaper bag. Ace is so adorable with the shoes. He brings them to us now to have us put them on him. He sits STILL in our lap while we put on his shoes and then he takes off running around in them. He gets excited to have his shoes on, I just think that joy can only be found in little ones. Excited and happy about the smallest things. It's adorable! So our little guy is a shoe man. Although I don't expect him to care too much about style and quantity as his mommy does. We still try to keep them off of him most of the time we're at home, but he loves them and loves to go outside in them.
Look how happy he is!