As new moms will quickly learn, there's a fine line between baby shoes that look adorable — but are more or less useless — and those that actually stay on an early toddler's tiny feet. The trick is to find a pair that stays secure around the ankle — whether with elastic, a higher cut, or Velcro straps that keep everything in place. Here, seven practical pairs that will actually stay put . . . and don't look half bad, either!
It's always a letdown when flip-flop season ends and closed-toe shoes work their way back into your wardrobe. I mean, there's a reason spans between trips to the pedicurist grow longer throughout the Winter. For lil girls who spent the Summer switching up their toenail colors based on their latest whim, the season can be especially cold.
That's where Bobbi-Toads ($50) comes in, a kids' sneaker with embossed toes (and toenails) that are prime for painting. Yes, we said painting — with real nail polish. Simply apply your lil one's favorite nontoxic nail color to the toe portion of the shoe — or purchase a bottle of Bobbi-Polish nontoxic color ($8) and apply it — let it dry, and send your colorful kid on her way. When she's grown bored of the color, simply use a nontoxic polish remover on the shoe and then paint on your next color.
The six styles of shoes, available in sizes from little girls' 11-13 to big girls' 1-6 are designed to "give girls the ability to express themselves, make a unique fashion statement, and, most of all, have fun," according to founder Jacki Stanley. So tell us: would your tot love a pair of Bobbi-Toads?
The mommy-and-me look doesn't have to be cheesy or floral! Skip the matching dresses and slip into a pair of shoes that both you and your little one can equally enjoy. Your favorite brands like Toms, Converse, and even Hunter are shrinking, so your toddler can be just as stylish as her mama. Fair warning: you may pass down your shoe obsession.
Baby shoes can be a challenge. Finding the right fit and style is hard enough, and once you finally settle on a favorite pair, odds are your little one will outgrow them within days. But brand-new product Shupeas might be the answer to our baby-shoe woes. Invented by former Louis Vuitton executive (and mom of two) Galit Harari, Shupeas use expandable technology (it's even applied for a patent) to expand to fit babes 3-24 months. According to the company, buying one pair of leather or vegan Shupeas is like buying four pairs of Robeez! But unlike some of our other favorite baby booties, Shupeas use Velcro instead of elastic, which means you can say bye-bye to those sad marks around those chubby ankles. As an added bonus, that Velcro allows for a totally customized fit, which leads to less slippage and shoe loss. Cute styles like pink cupcakes, lavender hearts, brown peace signs, and blue puppies are obviously made for kids but not totally cutesy.
A few styles and colors of Shupeas are currently for sale online ($36 each), and more will be available at Babies "R" Us and Amazon.com in late Summer. Expect prices to drop to around $15 for vegan Shupeas and $25 for leather. So what do you think, is that a small price to pay for one pair of shoes that will last almost two years? Or are you skeptical that Shupeas could really work for your little one? Weigh in below.
While prewalkers don't necessarily need to wear shoes, who can resist itty bitty ballet flats? Dress up your tiny dancer in one of these adorable pairs of slip-on soles. Whether she's ready for the stage, or still perfecting her crawling skills, she'll look sensationally sweet!
We're all about floral sandals for your little lady this Spring, but what about for those tiny gents? We tracked down six pairs of rough-and-tumble sandals, perfect for busy boys enjoying the season's warmer weather. From easy-on, easy-off options from Gap and Janie and Jack to indestructible kicks from Teva and Birki's, these sandals will survive Spring in style.
Last week we showed you some of our favorite floral outfits for Spring, but all that clothing cuteness deserves equally adorable accessories; don't you think? That's why we searched out six pairs of the loveliest lil sandals, perfect for warmer weather and all featuring some sweet flowers. Keep clicking to check Spring's cutest kicks for toddlers from some of our favorite brands, including Pediped and Umi!
While many experts say barefoot is still the best way for your lil one to learn to walk, during the colder months, it can be hard to leave those little toes uncovered. Luckily for mamas of aspiring walkers, tons of new-technology and old-school soft-sole shoes are out there, specially designed to get your babe up and moving. From Pediped's Grip 'n' Go shoes to Robeez classic slip-ons, tiny shoes have never been cuter — or better designed. Keep clicking for 10 footwear options that are sure to help baby take those first steps.
Covering your lil one's feet can be a challenge for any mom (can't anyone create a pair of baby socks or shoes that actually stay on!?), but it's a whole lot more fun to put those shoes on — again and again — when they're as cute as the five pairs of moccasins we tracked down online. Inspired by the always-fashionable Mason Disick, whose chic mama Kourtney Kardashian has kept him outfitted in Freshly Picked moccasins since his birth, these mocs are perfect for your boho baby, but look equally great with preppy pullovers, posh ponchos, or sassy dresses.
An earthquake, hurricane, and out-of-season snowstorm over a 10-week period have many East Coasters wondering what could possibly come next. While a pounding of flaky, white stuff had the kids jumping for joy, it had many mamas trying to shove their lil ones' feet into last year's snow boots before heading out to play. With Winter just a few weeks away, now's the perfect time to stock up on cold-weather essentials before they're picked over. From high-end designers to kids' favorite warm-weather shoe maker, everyone's trying their hand at creating fashionable snow boots this year. Check out this wide-ranging selection and snatch up a pair so you aren't caught by surprise by the next storm!
Clockwise from top left: Timberland Kids Nor'Easter Waterproof Snow Boot ($75), The North Face Nuptse Boot ($50), Sorel Snow Commander Boot ($50), Crocs Kids' Crocband Gust ($50), Polo Whistler Snow Boots ($55), Tundra Snow Kids ($30), Kamik Snowbootie ($25), Primigi Otylia-E Boot ($114), Gucci Snowflake Pull-On Snow Boot ($350).