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Whether you have a toddler who just started walking or a tween who wants to dress just like the cool kids, finding a fashionable shoe that fits well can be challenging. And since children go through shoes so quickly, cost is always a consideration. For everything from Mary Janes and oxfords to boots and flip-flops, check out the OC’s insider guide to where to get great styles that last, and are worth the cost.

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Brooks Brothers

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 436 1961
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For almost 200 years, Brooks Brothers has offered its customers “fashion innovation, fine quality, personal service, and exceptional value.” The upscale retailer offers a variety of casual and dressy shoes for young boys and girls.

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South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 434-1990
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Only the best for your little fashionista at Jacadi, the French-inspired children’s wear company. Each shoe is carefully crafted to ensure comfort. Their exclusive shoe collection combines French elegance with modern trends for a unique line of children’s footwear.

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Rainbow Sandals

326 Calle de los Molinos
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 492-4930
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Only in Southern California do you find locals sporting sandals all year long. The hand-crafted sandals at Rainbow Sandals are made with sponge rubber (think memory foam for feet) to mold to an individual’s foot. The company is well known for offering the ultimate in comfort and durability. Their kids’ collection includes Leather, Crystal, and Cape styles suitable for boys and girls.

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Newport Children’s Bootery

401 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660-6947
(949) 644-2464
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Located at Fashion Island, the children’s shoe store offers traditional and trendy footwear for infants and children. This is an additional location of the long-successful Cerritos shoe importing company, The Shoe Box.

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Ducks and Daisies

319 Marine Ave. #B
Balboa Island, CA 92662
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This quintessential children’s boutique located in Balboa Island offers designer shoes from upscale brands like Lelli Kelly, Livie & Luca, and L’amour. Ducks and Daisies is also known for their made to order Bling Converse shoes.

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Hanna Andersson

279 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-0153
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Started by a mom who gleaned inspiration from her grandmother, Hanna Andersson offers vibrant colors and patterns that define beauty of childhood. The Swedish-inspired children’s wear company offers traditional clogs and moccasins and more trendy, local-centric sandals and sneakers.

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200 Alro Way
Anaheim,California 92802
(714) 774-5050

16862 Red Hill Ave
Irvine, California 92606
(949) 250-8080
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This family-owned children’s department store offers trendy footwear from industry-renowned brands including Stride Rite, See Kai Run, Pediped, Robeez, and Kenneth Cole. The company prides itself on excellent customer service so while you’re there, have your child sized to ensure the shoes are a perfect fit.

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The Duck Pond

17300 E. 17th St.
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 730-7232
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For 22 years, The Duck Pond has offered its shoppers unique, specialty items for children of all ages. Located in one of the few privately owned shopping centers on the West Coast, The Duck Pond strives to carry chic brands in a quaint boutique setting. If you’re looking for special occasion shoes, check out The Duck Pond which features brands such as Pediped.

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20 City Blvd E
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 769-3800
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I’ll start by saying: there is a skate park in this store. Or there’s a store in the skate park. And I do mean a full-fledged skate park. Either way, this place dreamland for those who love the Vans “skater” lifestyle look. They sell all kinds of Vans shoes for all ages – as young as newborns – as well as all the Vans clothing you would expect. And for the past 11 years they have been serving up good fun at the skate park. Located at an outdoor mall – The Block at Orange – Vans has been serving up good skating fun – and fun shoes – for 11 years.

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20161 Windrow Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630-2404
(949) 460-2020

Outlet Store
100 Citadel Way, Suite 418
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 728-2543
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Founded and owned by former world champion skateboarder Pierre Andre Senizergues, Etnies is one of the leading action sports footwear and apparel companies in the world. Headquartered in South Orange County, Etnies boasts the the world’s first and only bio-mechanics lab dedicated to studying the effects of skateboarding on the body. The company enlists fit testers as part of their commitment to ensuring a supportive, proper fitting shoe. If you’re lucky enough to know someone on the inside, you can shop at the headquarters in-house store, but the general public can go to a nearby Etnies wonderland at the Citadel in Commerce.

Caryn Bailey puts the rock in Rockin’ Mama, where she blogs about her family’s adventures.