<blockquote><b>Quoting CottonCandyKiller:</b>" all the shoes she has are soft soled. my parents got her crocks. i think they are cute on little kids ... [snip!] ... little kids but ugly on teens/adults (no offense to anyone). i'm hoping she'll like them better. they're still too big though."</blockquote>
They still cover her entire foot, which she might not like. And if she's learning to walk its best to let her learn bare foot. Shoes hinder their learning to walk. I really don't think you need to worry about her refusing to wear shoes at 8 months. She doesn't need them.
Quoting Mandy and her girls!~:" Shoes actually hinder walking, bare feet is best. It helps them get a better grip."
This. And the natural development of their feet isnt hindered with shoes.
Socks or barefoot is the way to go. When kiddos actually start walking around outside the house you get soft soled shoes. Hard soled shoes are worthless and it hinders them learning to walk. Little kids fall enough when they are learning to walk, it's even worse when they have hard clunky shoes on!