Aiden has been crawling all over the house and pulling himself up from from the floor by grabbing onto the edge of the couches to stand; we decided now is the time to get walking shoes. He isn't walking yet, but there are times when he stretches out his arms, letting go of the couch, and oops he is on the floor. It was really fun to shop for shoes! We looked at Pumas, Nike, Sketchers, Stride Rite, Vans, and Converse. The selection of shoes was a bit overwhelming ... he is only 9 months old. I settled on Nike and Puma shoes. Once he starts walking we will switch to the Stride Rite shoes. I used Stride Rite shoes for my other kiddos and I loved them!