Crib Shoes have soft soles. They are meant for kids who are not yet walking. These would be for parents that want their kids in shoes because it is cute! Some people let their early walkers walk around in crib shoes (moccasins are a popular example of that right now), but I would prefer my walker in something with a harder bottom.
Here are the most important things to look for in shoes for early walker.
I am not talking about does the tip bend over to the laces. The entire shoes should be able to bend in half. You want your infant's feet to bend the way they naturally would walk if they were barefoot.
In line with #1. you want your baby to be able to roll their feet rather than walking flat footed like a big foot with shoes 2 sizes too bit. shoes with a rounded bottom and tip will offer them that natural walking ability.
You might think that a thick tread is helpful for an early walker, but it is too unnatural for them. This the reason moccasins have become so popular with young kids. They don't have that heavy tread found in tennis shoes and allow the baby to almost feel barefoot.
Look at the treads in these pair. This is fine for a solid walking toddler but not your feeble stepping 10 month old. I'm not saying don't buy cute nikes, just wait until you have a solid walker to introduce these types of shoes.
2. Surprize by Stride Rite at Target
3. Carters Every Step Stage 1 and 2
4. Oshkosh B'gosh
6. Nike Kids Sunray Protect (most Nike's are not good for early walkers but this one is)
7. Genuine Kids at Target- Grip n Go
8. Umi Kids- Weelie
9. Native Shoes