DS wears shoes when he is out, and started after he had been walking well for around 6 weeks, at that point he was walking everywhere and needed something to protect his feet. I took him to shoes and sox and he was measured and we bought leather, light weight shoes, but with enough durability to protect his feet. They are like the next stage on from pre walkers with the soft soles, but still very soft. They are expensive, but he will only have 1 pair at a time. I was told in the shop they should last around 6 months.