Look inside your little ones shoes.
Are they a mini me version of your shoes? Why?
Arch support is not necessary for their growing feet. Our kids arches do not develop til they are 6-9 years old, crazy but true. The arches develop by strengthening and exercise which arch support inhibits.
Putting little ones feet in a hard sole essentially means their feet are “locked up” in an unnatural position, required to conform to a structured sole that more than likely is more relevant to the style of shoe that fashion and industry dictate than the natural position and movement of the foot.
The alternative, soft sole shoes allow muscles and bones to develop uninhibited,the arches to strengthen and good whole body posture to develop. Wide toe space ensures plenty of space for wiggle room.
From the moment they take their first steps soft sole baby shoes really are the best (I'd like to really say only) shoes for your babies feet.