It’s hard to get cuter than baby feet. But a pair of baby moccasins certainly comes close. Tiny, flexible infant footwear that come in punchy colors, patterns and styles and add a perfect little exclamation point to whatever else your baby is wearing. No wonder they cast a spell over us that makes us want to buy our little ones their own shoe wardrobe.
While baby moccasins look like baby shoes, they are notable for some differences: no sole support and no laces, buckles or straps. None of that matters, because moccasins are for babies who aren’t up and walking yet. They’re essentially what’s called “crib shoes,” and once your baby starts to cruise, you’ll have to say goodbye to them. But in the meantime, here are 16 best baby moccasins that will up baby’s shoe game to next-level cuteness.
Best First Pair of Baby Moccasins
Freshly Picked seems to have started the current baby moccasins craze, and the brand (featured on Shark Tank) still has the most swoon-worthy newborn offerings. The First Pair line is baby-shower bait; once you see the tiny (size 0) leather baby moccasins you can’t imagine getting an expectant mama anything else. The baby fringe moccasins come in solid shades (black, white or pink) ready to wear home from the hospital.
Buy it: Freshly Picked The First Pair, $29, freshlypicked.com
Best Artisanal Baby Moccasins
Handmade, small-batch...no, we’re not talking about chocolates or cheese, we’re talking about Chérubin’s leather baby shoes. The Missouri-based company makes an array of styles, from chic black baby moccasins to fun camo baby moccasins, but really slay with the I Heart You Moccasin, perfectly gender neutral, bright and happy.
Buy it: Cherubin I Heart You Moccasin, $38, cherubinshoes.com
Best Old School Baby Moccasins
Minnetonkas have been around since the 1940s, no wonder they’ve been popular with our parents and grandparents’ generations. Now the heritage brand has dreamed up a miniature pair of Minnetonka leather moccasins rocking the signature fringe for baby. The booties come in gorgeous colors, including pink, purple and turquoise, but you can’t go wrong with traditional taupe for baby boys or girls. Bonus: These moccasins for babies feature rubber soles—offering durability once your little one starts to stand.
Buy it: Minnetonka Double Fringe Bootie, $33, minnetonkamoccasin.com
Best Moccasin Collaboration
Wait! There’s another Minnetonka baby moccasin you need to see. The amazing collaboration with designer Lindsay Stewart of Free Range Mama are works of art that will have a place in your heart long after baby outgrows these moccasins. The ever-changing collection nods to everything from Grateful Dead to Where the Wild Things Are, but this tribute to John Lennon gives us all the feels.
Buy it: Lindsay Stewart Imagine All the People Bootie, $65, shop.lindsaystewart.com
Best Cheap Baby Moccasins
If you need to subsidize your addiction to little slippers, take a look at the affordable baby moccasins at Target. The mega store's Cat & Jack line has a well-edited selection of styles and the price that can’t be beat, including this pair of gold faux-leather baby moccasins that deserves a medal for high style without emptying your wallet.
Buy it: Target Baby Girl’s Moccasin Crib Shoe, $9, target.com
Softest Baby Moccasins
Robeez has always made super-soft leather baby shoes in a wide variety of styles, including solids, patterns and kid-loved motifs (dinos, kitties, construction trucks—you name it, they’ve designed it). But if you’re looking for an all-purpose pair that mixes and matches well with baby’s #OOTD, you can’t beat these blue-hued camo baby moccasins.
Buy it: Robeez Classic Moccasin Crib Shoe, $30, nordstrom.com
Best Critter Moccasins
We can’t even with how cute these Gap Baby moccasins are featuring their mascot, the bear. A tab on the back makes these shoes easy to get on a wriggly baby.
Buy it: Gap bear fringe moccasins, $35, gap.com
Best Classic Baby Moccasins
If you’re worried baby’s squiggy feet need added protection from the cold, these distressed leather baby moccasins have sherpa lining for extra coziness and little leather laces for extra flair. Better still: they look even cuter worn-in.
Buy it: Distressed leather baby moccasins, $45, etsy.com/shop/StitchesAndSoles
Best Baby Boy and Baby Girl Moccasins
While you’re trying to wrap your brain around when talk show host Ellen DeGeneres launched a baby line, just trust us when we say her crochet baby moccasins are the sweetest, with whiskered faces and 3D ears. Pick up the pink rabbit booties or gray mouse booties for the special girl or boy in your life.
Buy it: ED by Ellen DeGeneres Bunny Booties, $12, buybuybaby.com; ED by Ellen DeGeneres Mouse Booties, $12
Best Trendy Baby Moccasins
The one constant when it comes to Itzy Ritzy’s baby moccasins line: the ever-changing styles. Right now you can get palm-frond moccs and moccs featuring Japanese animé, but the Lumberjack Plaid pattern is hitting all the Portland, Oregon, hipster notes.
Buy it: Itzy Ritzy Moc Happens Leather Baby Moccasins, $30, itzyritzy.com
Best Eco-Friendly Baby Moccasins
These baby moccasin boots are handcrafted from organic cotton or reclaimed fabric, with every pair a one-of-a-kind creation. We like that so many of the styles have a jaunty worn-denim look—so eco chic!
Buy it: Bink & Boo “Becks” baby booties, $34, binkandboo.com
Best Slipper Moccasins for Baby
It’s a sock! No, it’s a shoe! No, it’s both from the ingenious folks behind Nowali baby moccasins. The Swedish brand has been making colorful sock moccs since 1950 and is seeing a revival in popularity thanks to the current baby moccasins craze.
Buy it: Konfetti Navy Colorful Stripes Moccasin, $29, mykonfetti.com
Best LOL Baby Moccasins
Seriously, we need to taco about these handmade baby moccasin boots made from felted wool. If you didn’t have turning your baby’s feet into a fiesta bowl of cuteness, please add it to your bucket list ASAP.
Buy it: Taco Booties, $25, uncommongoods.com
Best Do-Good Baby Moccasins
Toms baby moccasin boots are designed with a faux-fur lining that are perfect for the colder months. And you can feel good about each pair you buy: for every purchase of the vegan-friendly shoes, the company donates a pair of shoes to a child in need.
Buy it: Gold Foil Snow Spots Tiny Toms Cunas, $39, toms.com
Best Baby-to-Toddler Moccasins
Augusta Baby moccasins are mini versions of adult driving moccasins. Made of leather with rubber soles, they’re great for babies who are spending more time upright and accommodate sizes that go up to playground-age. And with colors ranging from basic white and black to on-trend metallics, every kid will have a pair of happy feet.
Buy it: Augusta Baby Loafer Moccasin with Gommino Sole, $17, amazon.com
Best Patterned Baby Moccasins
With over 800K Instagram followers and counting, it’s no understatement to say Freshly Picked has a passionate mom following. They do everything from licensed characters (remember Care Bears?) and classics like the stars and stripes, but we love this lemon print paired with gold. Delicious!
Buy it: Freshly Picked Lemonade Moccasins, $60, freshlypicked.com
Published November 2017