5 Places to Find Shoes for Kids in Charlotte
Find your child's fit and style at these Charlotte-area shoe stores and online options for kids
When my oldest child started walking, I had no idea where to shop for shoes other than the big box stores. Mom friends started sharing favorite name brands that offered up some cute styles, and I quickly learned about some shoe stores just for kids. Whether it's cute and sparkly you want or tough and rugged, you can find what you are looking for at these local and online stores.
Jennifer Kennedy opened Kixx-cool shoes for kids in May of 2008 and has a passion for helping families put their best foot forward for infants up to size youth 6. The store also carries hard to find sizes including mediums, wides and extra-large widths. "At Kixx, we pride ourselves on measuring and fitting every child for the perfect fit," says Jennifer. "We also give guidance for what we think is developmentally appropriate." They also have loads of socks and cute accessories, including Crocs and Croc accessories, plus Geox, John Deere, Native, Puma, Rainbow, Sperry, Tsukihoshi, Vans, Umi and more. 1730 E Woodlawn Rd g, Charlotte, NC 28209. 704-676-1517.
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The right shoe starts with the perfect fit.
Owned and operated by a mom, Tootsies Too has 3 locations across North and South Carolina and has been voted best kids shoe store numerous times. Families can find the Charlotte store at Sharon Corners behind Harper's restaurant on Sharon Road. Tootsies Too Children's shoes is a super-boutique of kids' shoes, ranging in size from baby to big kids. They also promise to help find the correct fit for your child so whatever you buy lasts four to six months. Find New Balance, Nikes, Pedipeds, Asics, Chaco, Frye boots, Hanna Andersson, Hunter boots, Keen, Livie and Luca, Mini Melissa, Nike, Rainbow, Reef, See Kai Run, Sperry, Stride Rite, Tsukihoshi, Ugg, and more! 4732 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210. 704-379-1992.
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From Asics to Uggs and every style in between, if your little one wants to wear it, they have it!
Lebo's is known as the "go-to" place for dance and western shoes, but they also carry casual and dress shoes including brands like Native, Blowfish, Toms, Sketchers, UGG, Ariat and many more. If your little one is into dance, check out the online store that carries an extensive collection of ballet, pointe, tap, square dance and ballroom shoes! Lebo's staff measures to fit so you go home with shoes you might never want to take off. 7300 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28227. 704-535-5000.
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Stop by in person or take a look at their huge online selection and have it delivered to your door or pick it up in the store.
Kids are hard on shoes, so if you like to save some money and are OK with buying gently used, Kid to Kid stores have shoes ranging in size from baby to big kid size 3. You can also turn in well-loved and outgrown shoes and put the credit towards your purchase. Multiple locations.
For some parents, if it can't be done online - it isn't getting done. Pediped is a popular shoe brand with a full-service Web site including a page that shows how to size your child correctly at home using a printout and video. Once you know your child's size, you can shop from hundreds of baby and kid styles. Every user creates a log id and if you need to make a return, simply log-in and click "return an item" The return shipping label is $6.95, saving you a trip to the post office.
During the growing years, finding the right shoes can often be a moving target. Along the way be open to trying different brands and sizes to find the right fit. Talking with other parents is often a great first step in determining which brands might do the trick. Happy shoe shopping!