Overall, this is a great first walking shoe. It has the style and durability that Stride Rite is known for. It is well made but, not too heavy and bulky that your little one can't lift their feet. It can be used as a casual or dress shoe and supports the ankle. It has a great grip on the bottom for added safety on hard surface floors or outdoors. It also polishes really well if they happen to get scuffed. My only cons are that it seems to run a little small and is a bit pricey for a shoe that your little one may only wear for a very short while. I would suggest getting your child's foot measured prior to purchasing them online. Overall it is a great shoe, that I would recommend. My 13 month old is on his second pair.