By peoplestaff225
Updated November 04, 2009 07:00 AM

The soft-soled baby shoe market has exploded in the last few years. Rightly so. Research solidly supports that soft-soles give babies and pre-walkers their best chance at proper foot development.

One of the latest to throw their hat in the ring is Jemos — a Missouri-based company that strives to design affordable kids shoes without sacrificing the environment.

Each shoe is made from premium, safety-tested leather remnants from high quality furniture manufacturers. The company also uses 100% recyclable packaging complete with low printing inks and a natural cotton rope handle.

Each style ($28 per pair) is adorable. Our faves include the colorful printed Maiya Cherry and the orange Elaina (above) for girls. For boys, we really like the classic brown Baby Blake. All Jemos come available in five sizes: Newborn (0-6 months), Small (6-12 months), Medium (12-18 months), Large (18-24 months) and Extra Large (24 months).

Need a little extra incentive? Each pair comes with a giraffe finger puppet — pink for girls and tan for boys.

— Missy