When they're walking well enough to walk outside. DD got her first shoes just after her 1st birthday, she was so proud of herself trotting down the street holding my hand DS is 13.5 months and half walks/half crawls, so he isn't getting any shoes yet. I'll let him toddle in his socks in the park for short periods of time now that its a bit drier outside.
You can get pre walkers. My little girl used to furniture walk from 7 months and we went to a lot of play groups so she always wore soft shoes. We went to Clark's for her first birthday when she was properly walking without any help.
The recommendation is only after they are properly walking. My first was cruising at 8.5 months but didn’t walk until 15 months so we got them then. Good shoes are expensive so I wouldn’t bother til you absolutely need them.
At about 13/14m. He couldn’t walk by himself till 15 months but he could walk holding hands and would want to walk around the park holding my hands for ages with all the pebbles, little sticks etc. I got Clark’s doodles a small they seemed nice and soft but protective.
I got the little soft ones. Snuggle feet - they are still going Lovely little shoes and great value. They can wear them inside or outside on dry days. Keep socks on too!
I didn't get proper shoes until he was consistently walking because at first they tend to crawl when they want speed, so you won't let them do that on pavement etc anyway, just clean grass/garden slabs really. Once they figure out how to run they want to walk everywhere and that's when shoes are useful.
Clarks sell cruising shoes but I wouldn't buy them as I don't think they are very useful for aforementioned reasons.
DD had some moccasins which were great and she's now really confident so we're going to make our first trip to Clark's this weekend once we remortgage the house to get her some soft first walkers. She's been steady on her feet without holding on for about a month now and keen to play outside!