The best stores for kids’ shoes in NYC
These stellar shoe stores for kids have your little ones covered in the pitter-patter department with a wide selection of sneakers, boots and more kids shoes
Mon Mar 9 2015
With so many awesome NYC parks and playgrounds to run around in, city kids walk through more pairs of shoes than most. To make sure little ones get the most mileage out of their kicks, parents rely on high-quality local shops that stock sturdy and comfortable kids shoes. These shoe stores—some of which double as toy stores—have NYC families covered, whether you're looking for a cozy pair for a first-time walker, athletic sneakers for active youngsters or sweet ballet flats for a special occasion.
Kids' shoes in NYC
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The Upper West Side standby has been outfitting New Yorkers with stylish footwear for over eight decades, and opened a kids-only store a few doors down from the original. Its expert staff continues to pride itself on its standard of traditional customer service, taking the time to measure and evaluate the fit of each pair of shoes based on factors like the flexion, girth and width of a child's foot. Offering popular brand options like Merrell, Stride Rite and Ugg, plus a wide range of styles for all weather, this shop makes it easy for parents to find what their kids need.
- 2315 Brodway, (at 83rd St)
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This family-owned footgear emporium has been in the kicks business since 1940 and is dedicated to protecting New Yorkers' feet from the often-painful demands of hoofing it around the five boroughs. At their kids-only location (just down the block from their adult store), tiny Birkenstock sandals and Minnetonka moccasins ensure that even the littlest pedestrians get started on the right foot.
- 155 W 72nd St, (between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves)
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The popular Brooklyn footwear boutique has relocated its second store to Williamsburg (the original is still in Boerum Hill). Retail veteran and store owner Rick Lee curates an eclectic assortment of sneakers, boots and more from both American and international designers, with a focus on comfortable fashion. Kiddos can slip on super cool Converse sneakers, trendy Timberlands and sturdy Hunters for splashing around in puddles.
- 85 North 3rd St, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave), 11211
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Stop here for more than 80 varieties of European shoes (from lace-ups to Mary Janes) that make city boys and girls happy pedestrians. The store also has a collection of hats and accessories, and host the rare family event.
- 42 Hudson St, (between Duane and Thomas Sts)
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After years of having two stores (one for children's clothes, the other for shoes and toys) this city stalwart has opened a bigger shop to house all of its kiddie goods, right next door to the Strand Book Store. Sure, you can find standard-issue kids' footwear here (think colorful Crocs and comfy Keds), but the shop offers several dressier options, too, including strappy Primigi sandals and dainty Nina ballet flats..
- 830 Broadway, (between 12th and 13th Sts)
Track down a top-notch selection of kids' kicks at this Brooklyn shop, boasting the newest styles and coolest brands out there, including Skechers, Geox, Superga and Puma. The friendly staff help kids ranging from first-time walkers to tweens find a pair to suit their needs, and customers can check in on social media for info on new merchandise and discounts.
- 276 Court St, (between Butler and Douglass Sts), 11231
Style-conscious tykes who covet their older sibs’ kicks can steal their look with just one trip to this shoe lover’s haven. As its name implies, this Italian shoemaker promises the most natural fit for a bambino's tootsies. The sneaks and sandals are cobbled in a way that simulates the feeling of walking on sand, with flexible bottoms, soft uppers and insoles that pull out for easy washing. Girls gravitate to the sweet ballet slippers, while young gentlemen can pick up tony leather or suede loafers. All three Manhattan outposts are located inside Greenstone stores—pick up tops, jeans and other choice goodies before heading home.
- 1184 Madison Ave, (between 86th and 87th Sts)
This chain offers an unbeatable selection of footwear for on-the-go kiddos—running shoes, soccer cleats and more. The store's Fit Guarantee promises free exchanges or returns if your kid's kicks don't fit the first time, and the VIP Club program nabs families budget-friendly coupons and rewards to ease sticker shock when you stock up on new Nike, Adidas, Puma and New Balance sneaks.
- 5314 Fifth Ave, (bewteen 53rd and 54th Sts), 11220
Since 1919, this chain has gained renown for the fit and durability of its kids' shoes. Soft soles and elasticized ankles keep prewalkers' toes protected, while toddlers can take their first steps in rounded-sole shoes that help prevent the inevitable stumble. In addition to its own original styles, this one-stop shop stocks name brands like Sperry and Saucony as well as socks, tights and other accessories. Kids who need specific shoes for their school uniform have standard options to choose from, while Sesame Street, Disney Princess and Frozen fanatics can even pick up fun sneakers inspired by the liscensed characters.
- 151 W 34th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves), 10001
This family-owned business in East Village provides quality footwear for kids just down the street its adult counterpart, Foot Gear Plus. With comfortable brands to choose from like Keen, Clark and Pediped, kids ranging from 6 months to youth size 7 can find durable duds that will hold up even after extended use on the city sidewalks.
- 117 First Ave, (between 7th St and St Marks Pl), 10003
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