Kids' shoe stores are an essential visit for parents every few months...those little ones sure do grow quickly! To help you navigate the sea of options in NYC, we've compiled a list of some great kids' shoe store options so you can spend less time looking and more time finding the best stuff. Speaking of great kids' stuff, you should certainly visit our favorite kids' clothing stores, these spectacular toy stores in NYC and these kids' consignment shops for when your kids predictably grow out of the duds you just got for them.
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The best kids' shoes stores
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.
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.
Though it's not exactly a cozy mom and pop pick like many of our selections, DSW never fails to have an extensive array of kids' shoes...and, awesomely, you can also shop for yourself just a few rows over. DSW has formal shoes for children, sneakers, sandals and everything in-between, and most are between $25 and $60. If you're visiting the Barclays Center location, you should definitely hop over to Marshalls next door. Sometimes they have great cheap deals, even though the kids' shoe selection there can be limited. Various locations.
Another more iconic chain that requires a visit (ideally not on a weekend, for the sake of avoiding the crowds) is Macy's in Herald Square—one of the ultimate city destinations for shoe lovers. There's a huge space dedicated to shoes of all kinds (so keep the kids close...no need to get lost). They offer some of the best in kids' formal shoes as well, so if you're hunting for that perfect pair of ballet flats for a wedding, this is the place to be.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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There are plenty of outdoor activities for kids in New York City—many you'll even love doing as a family! When you're not busy cuddled up with our favorite family movies on Netflix and our list of the best kids movies (come on—it's time to head outside!), you'll love exploring the coolest family attractions and the other amazing outdoor activities this amazing city has to offer.