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Posts Tagged ‘kids shoes’

What a zoo

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

My son’s toes are about to bust through the one pair of shoes that survived the summer (is my little guy the only one who tore the ankle band off not one, but two pairs of Croc-like Polywog sandals?). I happened to be in Uptown the other day, so I stopped in Shoe Zoo and found myself mystified, as I do every time I walk in there, that a shop selling $80 baby shoes can look like such a mess. I always get excited at first, thinking they must be in the midst of a major clearance event because the boxes are strewn everywhere. But no. Everything was full price. Not that I could find the prices, once I identified the toddler boy shoes, which were behind the salesperson who didn’t acknowledge me until I specifically asked for a price. $75 for sneakers that won’t last more than months? Can’t do it. I went home and ordered dress and play shoes from Oldnavy.com – $24.50 for both and free shipping with my Banana Republic Luxe card.
If you’re into designer kiddie shoes, but prefer not to have to step over piles of boxes to shop for them, try Red Rover Kids, Uber Baby, Bebe Babble and of course, Nordstrom.

Opening Friday…

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

For those who like to stay on top of the shopping news, Uber Baby – formerly located at 60th and Lyndale – opens at the Galleria this Friday, March 28. It will share a space with the newly remodeled Expecting Uber Baby. (The owners had been planning separate stores across the corridor from each other, but changed their minds when customers said they’d prefer to shop for maternity clothes, diaper bags, dad gear and baby goods in one spot). The new Uber Baby will have a tighter focus on gifts, decor and children’s shoes – nearly two dozen hip lines. If only we could stop their little feet from growing so fast!

Kids’ shoes discovery

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

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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