Well what do you know, there still are a few surprises for me at Mall of America. Today I discovered Journeys Kidz — third floor, north side, just down the corridor from Nordstrom. I knew Journeys was a teen-type shoe store, but had no idea about Journeys Kidz, which carries infant and toddler sizes and a decent selection of sneakers and sandals from major brands including Converse, which is what I was looking for. My 2-year-old is a ring bearer in his aunt’s wedding next week and I refuse to spend $45 on dress shoes he’ll wear once. Black Converse high tops for $24, I can justify. Plus, they’ll make him the coolest guy to walk down the aisle (assuming he makes it down the aisle). Nordstom was out of his size and sent me to Jorneys Kidz where we got what we needed. (I’d suggest having your child’s feet measured first at Nordstrom — didn’t get the impression the young girls working at Journeys knew much about fitting a youngster.)
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I love Journey Kids! My 6 year old son is almost the size of a toddler and he wants the cool shoes his older siblings have so I have sought out Journey Kids for such things. Not too often though, that stuff is kind of spendy for something a little more of a novelty item. But it is still a fun store for little kids shoes. Another fun shoe store is in Maple Grove, near the Arbor Lakes mall area. It is called Little Feet. It is over in the new area by Costco, Dick’s, DSW, REI… that stuff. They are very helpful and friendly, and seem to know how to measure little kids’ feet.