Buying kids shoes is equal parts fun and difficult. We’ll make it more the former and less of the latter with these LA kids shoe store suggestions.
Wee Soles Children’s Shoes
3827 W Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Looking for some hip shoes for the little ones? This Silver Lake shop delivers. While the prices might be a wee bit high, the shoes are special and cute. And if you have a tenaciously-trendy toddler, you won’t disappoint. The shoes are also sold online.
Harry Harris Shoes for Children
16744 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
409 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This local chain — with stores in Beverly Hills and Encino — is known for its homey service, great selection and reasonable prices. The shoes range from casual to formal –- including shoes for sports. And they are known for being well-constructed using fine materials. The service is friendly and helpful, too.
The Shoe Tree
201 E Magnolia Blvd
Suite 120 (1st Floor, Macy’s Wing)
Burbank, CA 91502
2146 Glendale Galleria
2nd level by children’s play area / JC Penney
Glendale, CA 91210
(818 409 0699
This could potentially fall under the category of a “best-kept-shoe-secret.” (And why would anyone keep shoes a secret?) With two locations -– one in Burbank and another in Glendale –- this mom and pop shoe store carries only baby and toddler shoes. Of special interest, they carry See Kai Run and Pedi-Ped –- leading kids’ brands. The staff is well-trained to take care of kids’ feet, and the owner aggressively looks out to add the kinds of shoes that parents ask for.
Mike’s Shoe Box
5301 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
This store is a San Fernando Valley institution, like the owner Mike, who’s been in business for 40 years, “A lot of the kids I wait on now, I waited on their parents.” The shop is known as a place parents can go to get high quality shoes that really fit their kid’s feet. And they know they fit because Mike goes to great pains to make sure they do. The shoes are high quality and –- while not the cheapest –- are reasonably priced for the service.
Lil Devils Boutique
2218 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814
This is the place to go if you’re looking for the “cuuuuutest” shoes for the little tiny ones. Also a gift shop for all kinds of kids items, Lil Devils Boutique sells clothes, accessories, blankets, and more, and shoes. Did I mention cute shoes?
189 the Grove Dr # P80
Los Angeles, CA 90036
More than 15 locations in Southern California
Ah, yes. Nordstrom. The ladies shoe dream. But did you know that Nordstrom also carries an impressive collection of kids shoes? They range from basic to fashionable but are well-known for being high quality and durable. They are also somewhat pricey. But then there’s that Nordstrom shoe sale… and who can resist that? If you’re looking for special and durable –- plus the great service Nordstrom is known for –- this a great place to go!
Westfield Santa Anita Mall
400 S. Baldwin Ave. #216
Arcadia, CA 91007
Okay, yes, this is a huge national chain with stores in the mall, and we hate to steer you to the mall if we can help it. But Stride Rite arguably sells the most well-valued, durable shoes, especially for active little kids. Plus, their staff is known for the fact that they are well-trained in the art of kids shoe fit and what the right shoes are for your child’s circumstances. Lucky for the budget-conscious parent, there are several locations throughout LA County.
Brooks Shoes for Kids
2104 Montebello Town Ctr.
Montebello, CA 90640
This unassuming kids shoe store chain is deceptively fantastic. They offer a wide range of shoe brands at affordable prices, and for kids of all ages. The staff is friendly, and well versed in the art of foot-measurement (as well as parental brow-mopping when we realize our kid’s feet have grown two sizes unbeknownst to us). Come here for everything ranging from casual to formal for your kids at affordable prices.
171 S. Barrington Pl.
Brentwood, CA 90049
Ruby Slippers is also owned by Brooks Shoes, but this store is Wizard of Oz-themed! Have your child click her heels and thank you three times for bringing her to this little shoe haven.
Jennifer Vides is a shoe addict. She writes at Jennifervides.com.