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Top 10 Favorite Children’s Shoes

The one thing I do not mind spending more money on is my kids’ shoes.  They are worn everyday no matter what.  They get a LOT of wear.  They are thrown around, drug on bicycles (use your brakes!!!), run through the dirt, wedged in between rocks…you name it.  Needless to say, they need to be really durable.  But I love a good pair of fashion kicks, so they have to be cute, too. Here’s my top 10.

10.  Bloch

They are a bit spendy, but worth it.  I especially like the plain pink ballet shoes — I have them for Olive and they are so sweet and they stay on her feet.  Buy them here.

9.  Sam Edelman

Sam Edelman 'Beatrix' Flat (Toddler, Little Kid & Big Kid)

Just the plain jane Sam Edelmans  for girls.  They wear really well and are comfortable.  Maria has the leopard print ones and she wishes she could wear them everyday.  But if she did, that wouldn’t really be fashion now would it?  Buy them here.

8. Stride Rite

Stride Rite 'Cora' Mary Jane (Toddler & Little Kid) (Online Only)

For everyday shoes, Stride Rite is the way to go.  They are made really well and can stand up to a lot of running, jumping, climbing and the occasional accidental dip in the pool.  Their basic maryjanes are my favorite.  Buy them here. 

7.  Fryes.

Frye Engineer Boot (Toddler)

Yep, the same brand that costs over $200 (usually over $300) for a women’s pair has children’s sizes available for under $100.  I know that’s still a lot of money for shoes that will fit for maybe a year but for us it has been so worth it.  Maria wears hers like cowgirl boots are supposed to be worn.  They are her go-to when she goes for horse lessons, playing in the mud, feeding the chickens or going on any adventure that might be a little messy.  They are functional and fashion.  Boom.  Buy them here.

6. Nikes

Ah, the good ‘ol Nike standby.  They really are the perfect everyday shoe for boys. They are easy to put on (important) and are comfortable, too.  Buy them here.

5. Hunters

Rainboots are a must.  I used to roll my eyes at that, but now I know that if I want my kids’ shoes to last as long as they should and look semi-decent for longer than a month, they should probably avoid mud puddles and soaking rain.  Hunters are awesome – they are durable and cute and keep little toes warm and dry.  Buy them here.

4.  Zara Leather Blucher

leather

I just love these.  My favorite is the brown pair because they go with everything, really.  Charlotte wears hers so often and never complains so they must be comfortable, too.  Buy them here.  (they’re on sale!)

3. Freshly Picked Moccasins

Chrome - Moccasins

For babies and toddlers, these are a must.  They are incredibly soft and easy to put on but the best part is that they stay on.  If you have babies with small feet (both short and narrow) like mine, it’s really hard to find shoes that will stay on those tiny feet.  My favorite is the metallic gold and silver.  Swoon.  Buy them here.

2. Saltwater Sandals

saltwater Yes.  Maria, Alice and Charlotte wear these 75% of the time in the summer.  There are tons of different colors and patterns, they are comfortable, they are sturdy and you can get them wet and dirty and they don’t get gross at all.  They’re good for little boys, too! Buy them here.  

1. MacAlister

macalister

Okay, so maybe I’m a little obsessed with MacAlister boots from Crewcuts . But can you blame me?  Look at them.  Maria has the gold glitter pair and they look so stinking cute with skinnies…with dresses…with bloomer shorts and tights….with harems.  I love mixing boyish styles with girly stuff and these are the perfect way to do it.  The good news is that most of them can be worn by boys, too, so if you have kids with the same size feet (like I do) and one is a boy and one is a girl?  Well, you’re golden.  Buy them here. 

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