Elasticated ankle makes them easy to PUT on and STAY on. Because our leather is soft and flexible our shoes are the next best thing to bare feet letting little feet grow naturally. Soft soles protect growing feet and also allow prewalkers to feel the ground underneath them which helps develop a sense of balance and natural movement as they take those first steps. Non -slip suede soles ideal for indoor and dry outdoor use. Soft breathable natural leather keeps the temperature of baby feet regulated.