We didn't bother with shoes, partly because it was Summer, but also because my Mum told me that kids don't need shoes until they are over one year old because they develop better balance with bare feet.
He's now 13 months old and has been walking for three months, and last week we bought him his first two pairs, some sneakers and some gumboots. He walks remarkably well in the sneakers, and not too bad in the gummys although they are quite heavy. But he loves them.
Just for discussion/information (or whatever
)My neighbour gave us a whole heap of their son's shoes that no longer fit him. I thought this was great, but my Mum also said that you shouldn't put your child in used shoes because they all have different foot prints. She gave me the example of how uncomfortable it is for an adult to wear someone else's shoes, therefore it's no different for a baby. Food for thought anyway. I gave the shoes away!!