Mini Style: Bobux Shoes

Baby J started walking just after he turned 11 months old, but I haven’t been in a rush to get him wearing shoes. In fact, the opposite, as I have learned that being barefoot is best for little feet. Growing feet need plenty of room for muscles to strengthen, toes to be able to spread and learn to grip, and bones to form in their natural position.

Allowing children to be barefoot as much as possible, especially in the first few years of life, is the best way to allow this to happen. It’s not always practical, especially now that J wants to walk and explore outside, so shoes like Bobux protect those soft little toes but also mimic the freedom of being barefoot.

bobux barefoot micro trainers review

Bobux began in 1991 in New Zealand, created by a couple who were looking for soft soled shoes for their own daughter. All of the baby shoes available had hard soles and Chris and Colleen Bennett’s daughter Chloe would not keep them on, so they created a pair of soft shoes out of leather and suede with an elasticated ankle to keep the shoes on but allow their daughter’s feet to move and develop naturally.

bobux micro trainers step up review

Bobux is now sells shoes for babies and toddlers worldwide with each product in their range designed to allow feet to grow healthily. They understand how much change children’s feet go through in the first five years of life so their shoes allow room to grow, flex, strengthen and develop naturally. The brand has shoes suitable for newborn feet right through to confident walkers. J was sent a pair of shoes from their Step Up range, which is a selection of shoes ideal for first walkers.

bobux micro trainers review

The shoes in the Step Up range have been designed to look cool but still allow for natural balance, coordination and development. The shoes that I chose for J are the Bobux Micro Trainers in Navy (£35.00)* and they feature flexible soles, elasticated laces and adjustable velcro straps which make the shoes easy to fit and adjust. The shoes have a white rubber flexi sole which allows J’s feet to bend and move naturally and, along with the soft leather upper and lining, protects them from the elements.

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These little trainers are really soft and lightweight, which is a must for a first shoe. After having spent the best part of a year wear nothing more than socks, learning to walk is a challenge enough without being weighed down by heavy shoes! J was intrigued by his new shoes and frequently stopped to inspect them, but they haven’t hindered his walking capabilities. He took to walking in them like a duck takes to water. The combination of leather, ballistic mesh and Ripstop canvas will give J’s feet plenty of protection from the elements as the weather turns colder and wetter. And he just looks ridiculously stylish in them!

bobux barefoot shoes review

Whether you are looking for your baby’s first pair of shoes or kitting out your toddler, barefoot is the way forward and you are sure to find something you’ll like from the range at Bobux. I love J’s trainers and will be sticking with barefoot shoes when he outgrows them!

What kind of shoes do your little ones wear?



*review sample

18 comments

  1. I was the same way with my kiddies! It's definitely best for them to have bare feet for as long as possible but this time of year they need something on their feet for going out & about. These look nice & soft! x

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  2. Awww look how cute his little feet look, these are some nice little shoes. I am not familiar with the brand and do not yet have kids but will send to my SIL for my nephew.

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  3. Oh wow these are absolutely gorgeous. They look fantastic. i love that they were started by a mother and father and that the back are elasticated. That is great, nothing like i have seen before with regards to an elasticated back. You have dressed him so lovely. I love his knitted jumper and cloud leggins he looks so stylish. Glad that he likes his new shoes. Really great and informative review. I need to get Archie a new pair of shoes so will be having a look at the Bobux website. Thank you x

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  4. Apart from his first pair of shoes being Clarks (for the first photo - which turned out to be a disaster because he'd just woken up and had a mammoth crying session), N always had barefoot shoes. So good for kids feet, although weird for them when they then move to more rigid ones

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  5. What a great idea and they look great. I also try to keep my boys barefooted as much as possible, it is much better for their development.

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  6. My one generally gets a pair of clarks shoes. Mainly because he gets measured at the same time then. Then I buy him a pair of Adidas runners and he has a pair of next shoes too.

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  7. Cute shoes..they look comfortable actually.

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  8. Cute shoes..they look comfortable actually.

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  9. Aww how sweet does he look! I will make a note of these for my next one :) Xx

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  10. Oh my gosh they are just so cute and so small. My nephews who have just turned one got their first pair of Clarkes shoes last week and it was so cute to watch on Facetime x

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  11. I love Bobux! I can't wait for my son to start walking :)

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  12. Walking for the first time is the most important milestone in early childhood.

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  13. Great post. You talk about nice shoes. this shoes is best in such a situation. But you must know about plantar fasciitis. Some boots and shoes protect us from plantar fasciitis. so be careful about it. Thanks in this post.

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  15. These little coaches are truly delicate and lightweight, which is an unquestionable requirement for a first shoe. Subsequent to having spent the best part of a year wear just socks, figuring out how to walk is a test enough without being weighed around overwhelming shoes!

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  16. Good post. You talk about nice shoes. this shoes is best through this situation. But you must know about plantar fasciitis.Who people like baseball game they should know about best softball bats.Thanks for this post.

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  17. Aww, those tiny shoes looks so adorable! It was hard for me to resist buying them cute pair of shoes when my son was small but I gave up after a couple that he quickly outgrew with and never worn! Do you think the brand can also cater for plantar fasciitis shoes?

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  18. They are gorgeous! My eldest had clarks shoes for the first 3 years! I have only just started venturing out of them and I still look for sturdy yet soft shoes for her!

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