Friday, October 5, 2012

Toddler shoe shopping: five great fall options.

Let's face it. All shoes are cute when they are tiny. And tiny feet grow very quickly.

Which means two things:
  1. You'll need to buy shoes pretty frequently since you'll have to keep buying new sizes.

    MEANING: Yea! Get to buy lots of shoes!

  2. You'll need to buy new shoes pretty frequently since you'll have to keep buying new sizes.

    MEANING: Ya probably shouldn't buy too many of any size since they'll grow out of them really fast.

I like to have an assortment, which usually has one or two pairs of good, quality sneakers and then a couple of fun (read: no arch support and not "recommended" by the shoe saleperson at Nordstrom) shoes.

Here are my recommendations for a good fall shoe collection.  All of the shoes are under $40 (except the Stride Rites which are $42).  The first three are already in Justin's collection:

1. Tiny Tom Navy Cord Classics
Tiny Tom Cord Classics

Though Toms don't really have arch support, they are so darn cute, I cannot resist.  You may recall my story about last year's Toms, and this year I'm hoping for some more usage.  The problem on this pair, they don't seem to be in stock anywhere anymore.  However, they also have a pair of the red cords at the Toms website.

2. Stride Rite Shane

Stride Rite Shane

We know Stride Rite makes great shoes for kids. Good quality, has an arch (very important!) and seemingly very comfortable. They are not as "hip" as toms, Adidas, Converse, etc., but you can definitely find some cute Stride Rites.  I like this pair a lot. Fun colors and a really good shoe.

3. Adidas Samba
Adidas Samba

These are the "cool kicks". And aren't soccer shoes so cute?  These are adorable, but I will say that they are a bit tough to put on - they don't have laces or velcro.  Over the summer we had a pair of Gazelles, which were much easier to put on, since they had velcro. Available all over online.

4. Converse Kids Chuck Taylor All Stars
Converse Kids Chuck Taylor All Stars

Love mini Converses. They are maybe the cutest of all little kid's shoes.  And they come in a zillion colors and styles. Not in the "good shoes for your feet" category, but a good "every once in a while" shoe to wear. I've done blue and white in the past and get tons of compliments.

5. Saucony Baby Jazz H&L
Saucony Baby Jazz H&L

Saucony gyms are great shoes. They are cute, easy to put on and high quality.  A bit "hipper" looking than Stride Rites and still good for you. Very light shoes also.  I've bought them with every size Justin has been in and plan to buy another pair soon. I happen to like this blue - goes with a lot.

Am I missing any great shoes? Let me know your recommendations!

ps - Also need to get some winter boots. I've never bought boots for Justin. Any suggestions?


  1. Replies
    1. Totally! Pretty much any little things - coats, hats, pants, shirts, shoes - they're all darn cute. And even cuter, the little ones that wear the stuff!

  2. I'm so lucky to have a friend who's daughter is 9 months older than mine. We get everything second hand from them. It's a blessing. But mini shoes are so fun, I still love looking at all the shoes for my 2 year old !!
    I am hosting a blog hop over at my blog today

    1. That's great too! Definitely saves money! Thanks for visiting! I'll stop by your blog also! Julie

  3. I have found some great Toddler Boots @ WalMart before. I try not to buy expensive shoes because they grow out of them so quickly! I'm your newest follower, just stopping by from the "Mom's Monday Mingle" blog hop. If ya get a chance, check out these blogs:

    1. Thanks for the tip and for stopping by! WIll definitely stop by your blogs too! Julie