Kids outgrowing their shoes!

October 8th, 2008

Now that my son is walking and it is October, I have had to break down and buy him some shoes instead of letting him toddle around barefoot.  After a visit to Stride-Rite with a friend, I received a quick reminder lesson on how expensive children’s shoes can be.  $55 for a pair of basic shoes that he will outgrow in 2 months!

So after talking with some of my favorite thrifty mom friends, here’s what I learned:

 Target is a great place for kids’ shoes.  A wide variety, decent selection, and reasonable quality.  However, I must say that their girls’ shoes outnumber the boys’ selection about 3-to-1. 

If you are looking for brand name kids’ shoes at low prices, by all means try Marshalls. Marshalls (and their sister store, TJ Maxx) you probably know pretty well for their discount clothing, housewares, etc.  But if it’s been awhile since you have been in a Marshalls, go visit again.  The chain has been revamping its footwear section so that they now have it arranged according to style rather than size.  This means that they have the shoes in boxes below the style–as you would find in a regular shoe store. 

It was at Marshalls that we scored a pair of hi-top Ecco boots for my son, which set us back $17.  Much better than the $55 at Stride-Rite and a great brand as well!

Copyright 2008-2009 Kristin Delfau, author of Turbo-Mom's Guide to Saving Money Without Wasting Time a womens' personal finance book, and Aji Publishing.

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  1. Carolyn Says:

    Kristen-I have had the best luck at a Stride Rite outlet–almost all their shoes are 1/2 price! My strategy is to find a style that fits well, then buy 3 sizes at once (because the outlet is pretty far away–plus this is a good time saving approach).

    I have found that Stride Rite shoes are well made. And I know from experience I don’t like wearing the shoes from Payless–they hurt my feet!

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