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Lester’s
1534 Second Ave., at 80th St.
212-734-9292
Moms in the know swear by the shoe department here, with a selection ranging from casual to dressy. The well-trained staff will help your child fit into a Nike Sun Bear ($42), and your daughter will get a kick out of Mary Janes (from $42.50).

Little Eric
1118 Madison Ave., near 83rd St.
212-717-1513
1331 Third Ave., near 76th St.
212-288-8987
These shops’ signature Italian-made walking shoes (from $48) are light and durable and come in lots of colors. Can’t resist them? Some styles come in adult sizes for Mom, too (grown-up Mary Janes are $80).

Payless ShoeSource
Call 877-474-6379 for locations
paylesshoesource.com
At this bargain bonanza, you’ll find especially good deals on Hello Kitty joggers for $16.99 and Mary Janes for $9.99. Classic boys’ oxfords are just $12.99.

Salvatore Ferragamo
655 Fifth Ave., at 52nd St.
212-759-3822
124 Spring St.
212-226-4330
ferragamo.com
Bar mitzvahs, graduations, weddings—Ferragamo has special occasions covered for boys and girls. Red patent leather flats with bow details ($160), Mary Janes, and loafers are pretty much all you’ll find here, but if you’re spending almost $200 on a pair of kids’ shoes, you probably want something timeless.

Shoofly
42 Hudson St., near Duane St.
212-406-3270
shooflynyc.com
Your little one’s flair for standing out in the crowd will complement these colorful, funky shoes perfectly. Look for orange classic patent-leather Mary Janes ($62), D&G junior wrestling boots (from $150), and bright suede wallabies from Naturino (from $62).

Tigers, Tutu’s & Toes
128 Second Ave., at St. Marks Place
212-228-7990
Ibiza’s East Village sister store offers loads of splashy colors and patterns from makers like Keds, Sketchers, and Elefanten in sizes newborn to 10. Their selection starts at $25, and you’ll find stylish Primigi shoes for $50 to $75.

Tip-Top Kids
149 W. 72nd St., near Broadway
212-874-1004
tiptopshoes.com
Steer your toddler’s tender feet here for that first pair of shoes. The knowledgeable staff guides parents on the appropriate fit, offering up brands like Stride Rite, Elefanten Kids, Naturino, and Ecco Kids ($20–$80). They carry an array of styles (from mini biker boots and Dingo cowboy boots for boys to sparkly slides and ballet slippers for girls) in sizes from 6 months to age 14.

Tod’s
650 Madison Ave., near 60th St.
212-644-5945
tods.com
Indulgent parents come here to slip sumptuous suede driving mocs onto precious little feet. Chic offspring (infants through age 10) can look as stylish as mom, but at a hefty price: Children’s shoes start at $158.

 
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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
   
   
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