Best First Walker Footwear Collection | Junior Design Awards 2021

Toddlers taking those big first steps can do so in style with award winning first walker shoe brands

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WINNER OF BEST FIRST WALKER FOOTWEAR COLLECTION: JOINT GOLD

WHO: Goose & Gander

WHAT: Here Comes the Sun Collection by Goose & Gander
WHY: This collection really did live up to it’s sun-soaked name and gave us a glimpse of the bright and airy Summer we all yearned for this year. Our panel felt the designs were fun, original and exceptionally cute, while remaining comfortable and protective for tiny toes. The teeny cage sandals in stunning corals and mustards, incorporating a clever sunshine motif really stood out, as did the cleverly designed espadrilles that hug little feet high on the ankle giving good support and a lovely casual, carefree look. A really gorgeous collection.

Beautiful shoes with practical details like natural leather soles and sturdy grips. A really well thought out collection that impressed us on so many levels.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
The kind of shoes you’ll cry over when your toddler grows out of them!
Eleonore Crompton, Contributing Editor, Junior
Mustards, sage greens and pale blends, these are gorgeous designs for little adventurers.
Susie Boone, Editorial Director, Parenting at Immediate Media

WHERE: Goose & Gander

WINNER OF BEST FIRST WALKER FOOTWEAR COLLECTION: JOINT GOLD

WHO: Bohemia’s Closet

WHAT: Bohemia’s Closet First Walker Footwear Collection
WHY: Oh gosh. Prepare for a cuteness overload. These shoes really stood out to our judges who loved the classic styles with extra details that lift them out of the crowd as well as the more chic, contemporary styles, all made with the same care and attention to detail. Our panel felt these shoes had a wonderful premium feel and would be perfect for little walkers transitioning from soft to firmer soles. These are the first shoes that will be photographed at every opportunity and kept in a memory box for years to come.

The most gorgeous little shoes that have a lovely European feel - ie chic and beautifully made.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
I don’t how you would choose just one pair from this stunning collection. Every single style is heart meltingly adorable.
Eleonore Crompton, Contributing Editor, Junior
Gorgeous styles, bringing adult chic to kid's feet.
Susie Boone, Editorial Director, Parenting at Immediate Media

WHERE: Bohemia’s Closet

WINNER OF BEST FIRST WALKER FOOTWEAR COLLECTION: SILVER

WHO: Bobux

WHAT: Bobux Xplorers featuring “Scamp”

WHY: Our judges were so impressed with the level of research and detail that had gone into this collection that caters for that tricky cruising stage when toddlers first start pulling themselves up on furniture to established walking. The new Scamp shoe with its durable 100% canvas upper and durable, highly flexible sole, scored highly and was praised for its cool looks teamed with practicality and wearability – the elasticated ankle cuff looking both stylish and easy to keep on. Other shoes in the range looked equally appealing for little feet and just as resistant to all the knocks and scrapes a toddler could throw at them.

I don’t think there is any other brand that takes the science of infant shoe making as seriously as Bobux. Once you start buying this brand you never go back!
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
Bobux have captured the market for babies starting to take their first steps - perfectly designed cruising shoes.
Susie Boone, Editorial Director, Parenting at Immediate Media

WHERE: Bobux

WINNER OF BEST FIRST WALKER FOOTWEAR COLLECTION: BRONZE

WHO: Poco Nido

WHAT: Poco Nido Mighty Shoes
WHY: These beautifully soft leather shoes with their signature flexible soles, made a little more robust for enthusiastic young explorers, with a recyclable TPU outer sole, were much applauded. The panel loved the cute prints, the generous toe space and the wide range of finishes to suit every taste. The brand’s pursuit of comfort and foot health was plain to see and our judges felt these shoes would provide a secure but almost shoeless feel for toddlers just finding their feet.

A great collection that gives cruisers and toddlers the best start in terms of foot health.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
Flexible shoes that are still robust but allow your toddler's feet to develop healthily.
Susie Boone, Editorial Director, Parenting at Immediate Media
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WHERE: Poco Nido