Over the last four years we have bought a lot of tiny shoes. They are the cutest. This is my list of favorites – both in style and durability!
Our family grew fast. We had three kids, three and under. That means a lot of bending over to put shoes on and take them off, a lot of opinions, and the potential for a large pile of shoes by our front door. For my sanity, we needed to keep their wardrobe and shoe choices limited, so each shoe purchase needed to work for multiple outings – playgrounds, church, dinners out, walks down the street. We also needed as many shoes as possible to be able to be passed down to younger siblings. As cute as tiny shoes are, they have a finite life and I try to spend around $30 on a new pair.
Also, I would highly recommend taking your child to get fitted. We have gone to Nordstrom, and their staff is fantastic with kids and give out balloons. (They also have a fish tank and coloring table.) You don’t have to buy from them even if you get sized, but we often do.
These are the shoes that we have absolutely loved.
Robeez crib shoe. These were the first shoes we bought and initially they just help keep a baby’s socks on or to protect their feet during the summer months. They are great shoes for early walkers because kids can feel the ground under their toes. Here’s a picture of Tommy wearing his. Evie wore hers with all sorts of pretty baby dresses.
Saltwater sandals. You can wear these real leather shoes in the water! They are seriously the ideal summer shoe and crazy durable. They only get better with time. They are the only shoe Evie wears in the summer. I have a pair too, and love them. One downside is that I still have to do the buckle for Evie. Zach isn’t crazy about our boys wearing them, so if anyone has a suggestion for boy’s summer shoes, please share!
Minnetonka moccasins. I love these shoes for winter. Because they are booties they keep out snow, and they zip on the side so Evelyn could put on her own shoes. I was not super happy with Minnetonka’s baby shoes, but for toddlers these shoes are very durable and cute.
Converse Chuck Taylors. These are popular for a reason. Our kids wore them mostly from ages 1-3, because their feet are growing really fast, and these are well-priced and can go with anything. If you only want one pair of shoes, these could be it. They do get wet in snow and can get smelly if your kids go without socks. I recommend the blue, so boys and girls can wear them. Just wash them and they look (and smell) like new again.
Adidas Sambas. I LOVE these soccer shoes for boys and girls. They are a little quirky and super hard-wearing. We found a version that was slip-on and I can’t find the exact shoe right now, although these are similar.
Clarks Desert Ankle Boots. These were a birthday gift for Thomas, and if you are looking for handsome shoes, stop here. I love these, and wouldn’t mind if he had a pair in every size from now until he’s grown up. He wore them for all our family photos. LOVE.
Nike Rosherun Shoe. These were also a birthday gift, and they are such cool shoes for a toddler (thanks, Ben!). The only problem is that Tommy is a bit of a toe-dragger when he walks and he wore down the front of the shoe.
Saucony Jazz Sneaker. We just bought both kids a pair of these shoes last week. I see lots of kids wear them and they come in great color combinations – both loud and neutral. My kids love the velcro, which makes them really easy to get on and off. I have a feeling these will be our new go-to shoe.
Suddenly their little feet look so big! Man, it was fun to dig up these photos and see how much they’ve grown!