Traditional holiday looks don't have to be boring. Simple, well-placed details transform these classic silhouettes into updated looks that are nowhere near stodgy. New finishes in patent leather, upper patterns done just right, and soft flexible outsoles are just some of the details that make these appropriate attire for your event, trend-right, and comfortable. Look here if you need shoes for traditional portraits, holiday greeting cards, religious services or fancy family gatherings.
Since they're so cute and functional these little red and black numbers will be worn long after (and before!) the presents are opened -- at least until she outgrows them. Both maryjanes feature perforations and a delicate bow, while the just-right red shines in a shimmer patent. For babies learning to walk this real patent leather walker is worth the cash.
Stride Rite SRT Soft Motion Jane
Sizes Toddler 3-6, whole & half sizes, M & W
Stride Rite, $39.90
This dress shoe with it's faux leather upper is perfectly priced (and styled) for boys who'll wear it only a few times. It's easy-on and off, plus the stretch gore on the sides and padded collar almost guarantee a good fit. This dress shoe might just feel as comfortable as a sneaker.
Boy's Toddler Dress Slip-on
Sizes Toddler 5-10, whole & half sizes
I WANNA GROW UP
Got a kid with older siblings leading the way? Or maybe mom and dad are just too hip for words. If so these aspirational styles are just up your alley. These sophisticated looks come right off the designer runways, helping your young one look chic. For girls, modifications like flat soles, and pointy, but not TOO pointy toe shapes make these work. For boys it's wingtips and boots done casual-cool for that boy (or parent) who's looking to make a style statement.
Pointy, but not too pointy, on a flat sole.
Youth 13-8, some half sizes.
I'm pretty sure big brother wears this out on a date when he wants to impress. An investment for a more style driven boy.
Toddler 9 through Youth 7
J.Crew.com, Reg. Price $118 - 30% off right now
THE KIDS ARE IN TOWN
An edgy aesthetic mixed with cool, casual looks. It's so easy for kids to mix hip, casual shoes with more conservative clothes. Whereas adults just look like we're trying to be ten years younger. Girls can easily wear these boots and sneakers with dresses, and boy's look ultra-cool with these kicks at the bottom of their khakis, jeans or corduroys. These silhouettes are active, comfortable and ready for inside or outdoor play. Look for metallic finishes, black uppers and accents, and thick outsoles. If your holiday get togethers are casual and fun, your kid can pull these looks off.
How can a girl be warm and cool at the same time? Wear my favorite shoe of the season. This Naturino boot hits it just right since its oil-slick hued metallic patent pairs with any outfit. Faux leather upper with leather lining for comfort.
Toddler 11-Youth 3. (Original size scale European sizes 28-34).
Don't let him wear beat up sneakers to grandma's house for dinner. Instead, put him in these cool and functional Converse mid-height kicks. What a great way to stretch your shoe dollars. They pass for dress-casual, then he can run around later without ruining his "dress" shoes. The true leather upper and textile lining means they're breathable. What a relief for little feet.
Toddler 10-Youth 6, whole & half.