Getting the right hiking equipment for baby primarily involves choosing the best footwear. The following 3 factors must be taken into account at all costs: the sole, the comfort and the support.
A flexible yet high-tech sole above all:
It is essential when learning to walk that the foot can feel the ground surface and build up a frame of reference from which to develop a sense of balance. To do this, while ensuring some comfort, a relatively flexible and thin sole is preferable.
For good grip, the sole must be lugged and preferably made of rubber to improve safety and inspire confidence on paths or off-road terrain.
Do not choose footwear with a midfoot arch: indeed, the latter will gradually take shape as the foot muscles strengthen when walking; there is no need to artificially support it.
A good walking shoe must allow sufficient room for the toes. Like adults, preferably choose shoes with a stone guard to protect the foot from stones and those made of breathable materials such as leather that will absorb perspiration and allow it to escape thereby preventing the foot from "macerating".
Good foot support:
Walking stability will be ensured by the sole on either side of the upper (upper part of the shoe). Preferably choose ankle boots, i.e. boots that cover the ankles with traditional lacing for unparalleled support. Rip-tab closure systems should preferably be reserved for everyday use.
These essential points can be completed by an additional question: that of whether the footwear should be waterproof or not.
Even if it is unlikely that you will go on a hike when it's raining, our babies love walking through puddles whenever possible! Most of the leathers used in hiking shoes are already treated in order to be water repellent, (i.e. it repels water) or they are even fitted with a waterproof-breathable membrane. However, in summer, we recommend open shoes for reasons of comfort and moisture elimination.