Comfortable, stylish shoes are not just for teens and adults. Young kids spend a lot of time running around playgrounds, jumping in puddles and taking tumbles, so finding durable, stylish shoes is a must. Not to mention, the kiddos grow out of their kicks at an alarming rate, so parents are always on the hunt for great, go-to footwear stores. Thankfully, Boston has many children’s clothing and shoe stores that stock a variety of styles at a range of prices.
The Red Wagon
69 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
The Red Wagon is a children’s clothing store that also stocks shoes. The store’s products are ever-changing, but some examples of what parents might find are My First Mini Melissa and Primigi in sizes sizes 2-6. This store has sandals, dress shoes, walking shoes and more. The Red Wagon is certainly geared toward younger children of parents who enjoy boutique-style shopping. However, the sidewalk sales can turn up some pretty good deals on shoes for kids!
The Barn Family Shoestore
25 Kempton Place
West Newton, MA 02465
For a huge range of brands, styles and occasions, The Barn Family Shoestore is the best choice. It carries athletic brands like Under Armour and Nike, classic kid brands like Stride Rite, and casual shoes like Sperry Topsiders. Employees can help parents find the right fit for their kids, whether they are athletic teens or toddlers still learning to walk. Even picky kids who like specific brands and styles should be able to find what they need here. In fact, they can find shoes even if they have two different-sized feet, as The Barn does custom sizing.
1082 Great Plain Ave.
Michelson’s Shoes carries everything parents need for babies to teenagers. Brands include Jumping Jacks, Stride Rite, Adidas, Tundra, Sperry Topsider and Markell, which is an orthopedic brand. The store will measure children’s feet for customers and help them pick out the right fit. Narrow and wide shoes are available for kids with special footwear needs. Whether they are hiking, learning to walk or going to their first school dance, Michelson’s Shoes has something for your kiddos.
58 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116
Tadpole is a children’s store that carries everything from furniture to shoes. Shoes in stock at Tadpole include galoshes, sandals and sneakers from brands like See Kai Run and Hatley. Tadpole even carries swim shoes for little ones, so parents don’t have to worry about rocks cutting their feet at the beach. All of the shoes at Tadpole are for younger children, so big kids will not be able to find what they need here, but there is an adorable selection for babies and toddlers.
14 Pleasant St.
Brookline, MA 02446
Tiny Hanger is another small children’s clothing store, but carries sizes from babies all the way to small kids. With a tagline like “curated cuteness,” it is not hard to imagine what to expect from this store. It stocks brands like See Kai Run, Bogs and Livie & Luca. Casual shoes, rain boots, sandals, dress shoes, casual boots and more are available through Tiny Hanger. It is easy to find matching outfits and accessories at this stylish boutique for kids.
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