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In this roller-coaster economy, you need to cut back whenever possible--and you can include $60 toddler shoes on that list. Hey, if you can afford to outfit your little wonder in all-leather kicks, they fit your child well, and are comfortable, why not? But there's no need to feel guilty if you can only afford $10 shoes from a discount store, according to a top orthopedic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia). A shoe's quality has very litte bearing on foot development.
"People put more stock than they need to into well-made kids' shoes," says Dr. Benjamin D. Roye, assistant professor of pediatric orthopaedics at
Children's Hospital at Columbia University. "Most kids will grow out of their shoes before they actually wear out."
And for brand new walkers? The more soft and flexible the shoe, the better, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. People who live in societies where people go barefoot have far fewer foot problems that those in cultures where footwear is the norm, Roye says.