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Kids’ Shoes
 

Daffy’s
Visit daffys.com for store locations
A wonderful resource for cute discount kids’ shoes. Pretty much all of the footwear falls in the $19.99 to $39.99 range. Sizes infant to 6.

East Side Kids
1298 Madison Ave., at 92nd St.
212-360-5000
The cartoons and classic movies blaring on this shop’s television will distract the kids while you inspect the enormous selection of dress and athletic shoes—plenty of Nike and Keds ($22–$100), Elefanten ($23 to $70), and Polo ($18 to $80).

New Sneakers
 
Color Me Keds
800-680-0966
keds.com
This spring, Keds launched a new line of leather sneakers that come with five nontoxic washable markers. Kids can personalize the shoes, then easily wash off their designs with soap and water ($29.99).

Geox
595 Madison Ave., near 58th St.
212-319-4243
This Italian footwear company’s new U.S. flagship location features adorable tan suede boots with embroidered flowers, velcro sneakers (from $60), and orange suede wrestling boots ($63). All are equipped with the brand’s signature microholes, which keep heat and moisture to a minimum. There’s a play area, too.

Great Feet by Stride Rite
212-249-0551
striderite.com
There’s only a smattering of name-brand stuff here from Nike, Sketchers, New Balance, and Keds (from $20). The real reason to come is the large selection of well-priced Stride Rite-label shoes. A leather baby bootie with a scalloped top line (from $41) is a stylish choice for wobbly toddlers.

Gymboree
See gymboree.com for locations
This cheery chain store has gotten more fashionable over the years. Expect to see stylish twists on classic shoes, such as zebra-print Mary Janes with lime green straps ($24) and faux-shearling powder blue snow boots ($36).

Harry’s Shoes
2299 Broadway, at 83rd St.
212-874-2035
harrys-shoes.com
This place is a must for cool kids’ shoes—you’ll find a terrific selection from Elefanten, Jumping Jacks, Aster, and virtually every other brand you can name (from $30).

Ibiza Kidz
56 University Place, at 10th St.
212-375-9984
A small shop with a lot to offer: Everything from prewalkers by Elefanten and Babybotte ($32–$80) to the Primigi Italian collection ($45–$75), up to size-7 kids’ shoes. There are some great French fashion-forward styles here, including chic little Mod 8 shoes ($60–$90).

Juno
543 Broadway, near Prince St.
212-625-2560
Here you’ll find cool shoes for cool kids, sold with hip-hop music blaring. Standouts this year: house-brand leather sneakers ($68–$88). Sizes run from 0 to 13.

Kids’ Foot Locker
Call 800-991-6685 for store locations
footlocker.com
You can find last-minute deals ($25–$50) on last season’s hot sneakers from brands like Nike, Reebok, and Converse alongside the latest offerings. There’s also tons of pint-size athleticwear from your child’s favorite sports team.

Kmart
250 W. 34th St., at Seventh Ave.
212-760-1188
770 Broadway, at Astor Pl.
212-673-1540
kmart.com
This is knock-off heaven for stylish kids. Timberland-like hiking boots and Ugg-style botties from Route 66 and Thom McAn are only $14.99 to $19.99. They also carry Thalia Sodi’s line, which includes black chunky loafers with charm details ($12.99).

 
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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
   
   
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