Here is a little guide between the types of shoes you can choose for your toddlers: Barefoot sneakers have a very flexible sole and allow a foot the widest range of motion. They are suitable for natural surface where the small foot muscles will be activated. if your child walks mostly on hard surface it is more suitable to stimulate the healthy foot arch development by a gentle arch supportive sandals. Also, the heel muscles are still weak and a firm heel counter helps keep the foot straight. If you have a history of flat foot in the family an off the rack orthopedic sandals with high arches are probably the best.