Welcome to the new range of Bobux Xplorers Winter 2018.
At Foot Forward Shoes we just love fitting your child’s first shoes. And we fit hundreds of first shoes every year!
This gives us a great insight on how toddlers react, crawl, pull themselves up on furniture, get up and take steps. They need footwear that is super bendy, flexible, that move with the child’s natural foot movement. Leather and natural uppers allow the feet the ‘breathe’ and a waterproof sole will protect the feet from hot, cold, sharps, stones, concrete etc.
This is why the xplorer is our preferred first shoes for babies, crawlers amd first walkers, The shape (for a developing foot) and styling which has been designed to allow movement, giving the toes room to move and spread to ‘ground’ them when trying to walk.
Of course babies don’t need shoes,. However the xplorer offers protection from the elements, and stops scuffing their little precious toes when outside. Also because of health and safety concerns, creches and day care centres may require shoes earlier than necessary.
Xplorers are suitable until your child grows out of the size range, however some parents want a more supportive stucture and a slightly harder sole when fully walking. This is Step Up range. In the same sizes as the xplorers ( up to a 22euro). We suggest that this is fine once the child has been fully walking unaided for a few weeks and walks comfortably in the shoes across a room.
This years selection differs in some respects from previous years.
The new Abstract, Paint, Spekkel and Habitat design feature a different type of toe protection. It appears as a slightly shiny film over the toe of the shoes, This can be seen in some pictures. They are unlined, except for the Arctic which has a merino wool lining, offering more warmth.
The shoes open widely and have a velcro tab for fastening across the foot. When fitting make sure that the toes are uncurled. It’s quite common for babies to curl their toes when they are not used to shoes, it is simply a matter of hooking a finger down the side of the shoes flicking the toes to straigten.
The Lo Dimension has quite a new look. It’s a twinface fabric (and merino lined), pulls on with no additional fastening. The toe protection as also quite different than the origin, it’s more of a fabric. This may not be as scuff resistant, but given Bobux’s committment to R & D you know they are going to be great for your childs feet.
Xplorer Lo Dimenson
Foot Forward Shoes is a Hamilton, New Zealand shoe shop with a committment to providing children’s shoes at a reasonable cost. We are passionate about fitting footwear to allow correct grow room and width.
Check out our other blog posts on the Bobux Winter 2018 Ranges in the Step Up, Xplorer, Iwalk & Kid+ ranges. Search for our shoe reviews on YouTube for more great value from us, helping you choose the right shoes for your child! We give you the best information we have available to help your buying decisions, pointing out the pros, cons and additional points on children’s shoes you may not have considered.