Nameberry Style: Baby Needs A New Pair of Shoes

This week Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn, who also authors You Can’t Call It It and The Itsy Factor, picks the most stylish summer shoes for your little one.

Anyone else have a shoe fetish that they’ve passed down to their children?

One of my justifications for loving shoes too much: Footwear sets the tone for the rest of the outfit.  I rationalize the spending part by reminding myself that good shoes take care of growing feet.  Hey, they will wear the right shoes every day for months, right?

For a child’s shoe wardrobe, It’s nice to have the option of a color and a contrasting neutral (think metallic!), a water shoe and a shoe that can double for dressier occasions.  For toddlers, you also might want to choose shoes they can get on and off easily by themselves.  Have a baby at home?  Go shoeless!

Here are top children’s footwear picks for summer 2011, posted this last day of April because the good ones always go so fast!  Descriptions and buying links start below the photo; read from left to right, top to bottom.

Native — Feeling divided on which side of the Croc debate to fall?  Now you don’t have to choose.  Vancouver-based company Native reinvented classic styles that you can hose down and feel good about putting on your child’s feet.  Like them enough you want a pair too?  You’re in luck, they also come in adult sizes.

AdidasRemember Gazelles?  Anyone own a pair of Stan Smiths?  A good tennis shoe gets you far all year long, but there’s something about the Adidas stripes that lends an edge to the rest of the look.

Saltwater— If you plan to buy only one pair of shoes this season, invest in Saltwater sandals.  A perennial classic, these will work as easily at the beach as they do at your brother’s fancy June wedding. (HINT: If you’re ordering online, keep in mind these tend to run large).

Sven– For the slightly older child, these clogs are quite literally, too cool for school.

Livie and Luca — Hand-crafted from leather remains in an array of adorable vintage styles, Livie and Luca‘s are some of the most comfortable and durable children’s shoes. They make soft, bright shoes in the tiniest baby sizes too.

Bensimon— A Parisian staple, these unassuming little tennis shoes convey instant chic.

Did I miss your favorites?  Tell us what they are!  After you snag a pair, of course.

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Lola Says:

April 30th, 2011 at 8:41 am

My neice has a pair of Livie & Luca’s! I figure, even though she’s not walking yet, she should still be stylish! I’m going to get me a pair of Natives. Now. Thanks Elisabeth!

ElsieK Says:

April 30th, 2011 at 10:39 am

very cute shoes. For babies and early toddlers I like robeez. Cute and comfy for their feet

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

April 30th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Lola, my daughters both own Livie and Lucas as well and we absolutely couldn’t live without our Saltwaters.

ElsieK- I like Robeez for pre-walkers too. Do you know the company Bobux? A lot like Robeez with different designs.

Lyndsay Says:

April 30th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Can the Saltwater shoes withstand tons of play? Work in the garden? I can’t decide if I love the Natives or not… They looked a little weird at first, but I’m a die-hard Converse girl, but hate wearing them without socks, so they might be perfect! Would it be terrible if my toddler and I wore matching shoes?

Some of the Livie and Luca styles are amazing! I love this new column!

Carey Says:

May 1st, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Love the Livie and Lucas shoes! I’d never seen these before! Can’t wait for C to outgrow her shoes so we can get some 🙂

Elisabeth Says:

May 1st, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I love Robeez for new walkers and Keen Footwear for toddlers.

Angela Says:

May 4th, 2011 at 4:51 am

All little kids shoes are soooooooooooo cute!

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