WINNER: GOLD BEST FIRST WALKER FOOTWEAR COLLECTION
WHO: aidie London: Specialist Baby Moccasins
WHAT: Handcrafted leather, specialist first walking shoes for babies and toddlers endorsed by podiatrists and designed by specialists in Infant Psychology to support babies’ ability to walk and encourage physical and cognitive development.
WHY: These super sweet fringed moccasins look gorgeous – we love the star prints and butter soft leather – while secretly working hard to improve baby’s overall physical and cognitive development through the perfect level of sole density and flexibility, mimicking how a bare foot would connect with the ground and enabling the messages that the nerve endings would send to the brain to flow freely. We think that’s what happens! Our judges thought these shoes were gorgeous and loved the nurturing aspect of the design.
WHERE: aidie London
WINNER: SILVER BEST FIRST WALKER FOOTWEAR COLLECTION
WHO: Poco Nido Mighty Shoes
WHAT: Foot shaped, barefoot-friendly shoes for infants with laser etched leather uppers, leather lining and TPU soles. Designed with foot health and comfort in mind, they mimic the feeling and effects of walking barefoot with a thin and super-flexi sole, making the perfect alternative to walking barefoot when floor conditions mean that just isn’t possible.
WHY: We were completely smitten by these beautiful designs particularly the round toe shape and sweet laser etched detailing on the leather uppers. The Velcro fastening Mary-janes and lace up brogues were a particular hit.
WINNER: BRONZE BEST FIRST WALKER FOOTWEAR COLLECTION
WHO: Bobux Xplorers
WHAT: A toddler shoe designed to bridge the gap between crawling and those first wobbly months on two feet. Their unique lightweight and super flexible Eva sole allows the shoes to be as close to barefoot as possible, aiding ground connection, special awareness and balance.
WHY: The sleek, minimal design of these shoes in a variety of neutral or fun prints really appealed to our judges, many of whom already know the Bobux brand and it’s superb range for toddlers. Our judges commented in their notes: