My new granddaughter will be 1yr old in February, 2018. She’s already standing and walking while holding on to furniture, so I’m sure she’ll be walking on her own quite soon. My concern is her parents lack of concern for sturdy shoes for the baby now that she’s on her feet a good deal of the time. Back in the day, we would buy those cute little white, high ankle, lace up shoes for the first couple of years. Today? Kids are wearing flip-flops all the time in Arizona. I don’t think the baby even has any shoes yet and none in sight, according to the Mom. My 12 yr. old grandson is so flat-footed that his pediatrician has already warned his parents about the knee, hip and back problems he’ll probably have as an adult. Do babies need a firm, hard shoe once they actually begin walking? Maybe I’m out of touch with what goes on today? Thank you!