We design our shoes to see children through their foot development, which we’ve developed into five stages: Soft Sole for babies and crawling, Xplorer for cruising and learning to walk, Step Up for first walkers, I-Walk for confident walkers and toddlers, and Kid+ for active kids.
At each stage, the structure of the foot is different, the level of activity is different - so the shoes have to be different, too. You should consider three things when finding the right Bobux stage range for your child: Their shoe size, their level of activity and the structure of their feet.
You can read all about the different stages in our helpful stage overview here or read below for a few quick tips.
• Soft Sole for newborns, babies and early crawlers
Bum shuffling, tummy rolling, sitting and starting to crawl. Crawlers haven’t yet tried to stand, they’re just starting to explore the world on all fours. They’re curious to experience the world around them, touching and grabbing as they drag themselves around on their tummies or lie on their backs and kick their feet. The journey is only just beginning.
Read more about our soft sole stage here
• Xplorer for babies who are cruising, crawling and taking thier earliest steps
Cruisers aren’t quite standing by themselves yet, but they’re starting to pull themselves up on furniture. They can stand when supported and are excited and curious to see the world at a new angle. With nothing to hold on to, they prefer to crawl around on all fours, but will soon be taking their earliest solo steps.
Read more about the Xplorer stage here
• Step Up for first walkers
At this stage children are still learning to walk confidently, so they might wibble and wobble and look off balance. They’re starting to explore on their own and, though they may topple over backwards onto their bums at times, they’re capable of picking themselves up and carrying on. Their joints are still forming, so their cute little feet point outwards and their chubby little legs don’t yet bend as they walk.
Read more about the Step Up stage here
• I-Walk for confidently walking toddlers & preschoolers
It seems as soon as children can walk confidently they want to run and jump and play. Kids at this stage are now walking confidently without falling over, they’re starting to run around more and might occasionally jump onto things. They’re a tiny ball of energy, bursting from surface to surface as they learn to move more confidently.
Read more about the I-Walk stage here
• Kid+ for active kids up to eight years old
Kids at this stage are now running confidently, jumping, skipping, starting and stopping with ease. They kick balls and play, dance and jump rope. Their movements are faster and more coordinated. They’re becoming socially aware, making friends and playing with their peers. Their minds are growing as they learn to process the world around them and their space within it more quickly and they become more aware of their own movements.
Read more about the Kid+ stage here