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Stride Rite

The brand that has been around since 1919 knows children’s shoes. With their First Steps and Next Steps guide it is easy to find the right shoe depending on your child’s age and walking ability. The “Soft Motion” shoes are built to encourage natural movement when first learning to walk. Available at striderite.com

Plae

These children’s shoes are made completely from recycled non-toxic materials such as PET or milk jugs, and assembled in a solar-powered factory.  From tennis shoes to boots with easy Velcro tabs, there is a style for each child especially because they can be custom designed. Available at goplae.com

Converse

With many different colorful designs and patterns, and with the classic Converse look, you can find a pair to match every outfit. The best part? Your kids will never grow out of their favorite because they come in every size. Available at converse.com

Carter’s

With Carter’s Every Step shoes you can choose from step one, two or three depending on your child’s walking level. Carter’s has a wide variety of styles and patterns for boys and girls, our favorites being the Mary Jane look for girls and the dress shoes for boys. Available at carters.com

J.Crew

Famous for their ballet flats, you can find those in kids’ sizes too. The boy’s suede MacAlister boots in every color fit many dressed-up outfits and the girl’s variety of shoes covered in sparkles such as the slide sneakers will be a hit. Available at jcrew.com

Toms

Mostof the shoes are made with comfort in mind, and easy to slip on in a hurry because most are made without laces. For every pair you purchase you are also giving a pair to a child in need, which is a great thing to get to tell your child after purchase. This is another shoe style that kids can continue to wear into adulthood. Available at toms.com

Pediped

The Grip ‘N’ Go technology will help your child grip the floor when learning to take those first steps. For the big kids, there are many styles that also promote healthy foot development. Pediped was awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal for creating shoes that promote a child’s foot development. Available at pediped.com

Ikiki

With cute animal designs on every pair such as puppies, pandas or cats, these are a fun pick for your toddler. All of the shoes have high tops for extra walking support, and they even come with a function to turn on or off the squeaker in the bottom of the shoe. Available at ikiki.co

– Teresa Farkas

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