Unlike summer babies who can get by with bare feet, winter babies will need some type of foot protection if you plan on leaving the house with them. Sure there are lots of footed onesie outfits, but they’re usually little more than a thin layer of cotton and they can be slippery if your baby already likes to practice standing or walking. Ok, that’s the logical reason to shop for fall and winter baby footwear. The real reason (for me, at least) is because these booties are seriously adorable!

Luckily you can find tons of soft sole shoes for infants with faux fur, fleece or shearling to keep little toes toasty. Babies love to kick, so try booties with velcro straps, ties, or internal elastic that help keep the shoes from ending up abandoned on a sidewalk… unless you want to use that as a convenient excuse to buy more baby shoes 😉  And remember to check size charts for each brand you’re trying, just like in adult shoes, not all size 1’s or “newborn” shoes are the same size.

Now your baby will probably only wear these booties for a few months tops. And since your child won’t really be walking in them (and their spit up probably won’t reach that far, although some babies are more talented than others), these shoes will likely still be in near perfect condition by the time you can’t use them anymore. No, I’m not trying to talk you out of the buying, geez! Instead, and especially if you’re short on money, for all the reasons above, baby shoes are a great thing to buy used.

Try searching on eBay, Craigslist, at local consignment stores or even garage sales. Chances are 1 in 3 that you’ll be able to find some great, not-too-used baby shoes near you for under $5. Just be sure to return the favor to the world when your baby outgrows their pairs (I always think it’s best to keep the karma scales up, even if you don’t believe in it).

Here’s one other great idea: If you received some baby shoes as gifts and the weather decided to make those into not-quite-warm-enough wear, you may want to try pairing the shoes with baby legwarmers! Pull the end of the legwarmer over the heel of the shoe to protect little ankles as well as a boot would – since new babies aren’t walking on the shoes, you won’t have to worry about the legwarmers getting ruined either. Plus many legwarmers last from birth to toddlerhood so it’s a great option to get  a little extra mileage out of the stuff you already own.