I was born in the 1950s. Back then there were no designer baby shoes. Back in the 50s you had two choices you could get booties or the white hard soled shoes. They came in black as well. Boy oh boy have the times changed. What took so long?.
The 1960s rolled in and everything changed at least in adult fashion. Bright colors, flower prints, bell bottoms were all the rage. Unfortunately the styles of baby shoes had not changed at all. You still had the same old White or Black hard soled shoes that had been around since the 1920’s
I don’t want to mislead you there were some alternatives to the white hard soled shoe. Moccasins were available as well as limited sandals. The Moccasins were actually good for the baby as they allowed the babies foot to develop naturally. Over all, they were however the same old hard soled shoe nothing had really changed.
Now it’s the 1970s. Wide collars, Polyester Suites, Platform shoes and long hair groovy man. There was another drastic change in style for the young adults. Change comes slowly sometimes but it comes eventually. The Fist designer shoes for babies hit the market, well not so much designer shoes as athletic shoe,
Adidas puts out the athletic shoe for toddlers. Other companies put out baby tennis shoes The tennis shoes were adorable. Finally, it looks like things are moving forward but we are not there yet. The tennis shoes that were available were in essence the same old hard soled shoe, no real changes.
Big hair, shoulder pads and parachute pants were the fashions of the 80s. I remember them well, another wild swing in fashion. One notable change did occur in the baby shoe market. The monster shoe company Nike had entered the baby shoe market.
Nike made Minnie versions of their adult shoes for toddlers. Converse made Minnie versions of their popular All Star. The Minnie versions were cute and very adorable sporting the Nike logo on the side. There were more styles Reebok had their selection of baby shoes also and like Nike they were Minnie versions of the adult models.
The 1990s and the early 2000’s
The 1990s and early 2000s saw the explosion of the baggy cloths at first it seemed like the baggier the better. The came the sagging pants when will that end? Baby shoes did not change at all really. There were several more shoe brands that made Minnie versions of their adult shoes.
Reebok and Adidas were mentioned earlier. The list had increased Fila and Jordans were no competing for a share of the baby shoe market. They were still doing the same thing they had been doing for the past 30 years they were all simply making Minnie versions of their adult shoes
oh my how the times have changed. Today there are any number of designer baby shoes. Simply do an internet search for designer baby shoes and prepare to be amazed. Dolce & Gabbana $200.00 dollars plus per pair. Fendi $250.00 and up, Gucci $200.00 and up, Michael Kors $17.50
The list goes on and on and the price range is just as varied as you can see. Soft leather shoes a variety of styles and colors and materials. The market for designer baby shoes has explodes in recent years. According to Marketwatch.com
As of 2015, American parents spend, on average, $233,610 on child costs from birth until the age of 17, not including college. This number covers everything from housing and food to child care and transportation costs.
That is a huge amount of money and some of that money will be spent on shoes. With a growing demand for designer shoes is it any wonder that there is now such a diverse supply.
The designer baby shoes on the market today are available in a wide variety of styles and prices. Even if you are on a budget you can find a Designer that has one in your price range
What took so long
In the beginning of the article I mentioned that I was born in the 1950s. Depending on your age that might seem like the dark ages, and in a way it was. Technology and Medicine has evolved so far since then. We have the ability to make materials that can conform to our bodies and that are as soft as a puppy’s ear. So why did it take so long to advance the styles of baby shoes.
It is possible that there was simply no market or no demand. Perhaps parents were satisfied with the same baby shoes that had been around forever. I think it may have had more to do with the former rather than the latter.
For what ever reason it has taken decades for the styles of baby shoes to change and evolve into the options that are available today. Winter boots, Summer sandals, Tennis shoes, Soft leather construction. What took so long?.