Shoe shopping for kids can be a thankless task. You find the perfect pair for a special event only to find that he or she has outgrown them before the next event. Kids are tough on their shoes and need a variety of styles for different occasions. If you have found yourself frequently purchasing shoes for your little ones, here are some great places to try in Pittsburgh for great styles. From dress and special occasion shoes to sports shoes, these places can help you find the shoes you need for the little feet in your life.
5850 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Located in Squirrel Hill, Little’s Shoes is one of the few independently owned family shoe stores in the area and a Pittsburgh favorite. In addition to carrying hard to find brands for adults in the area, Little’s also carries a variety of shoes for kids. At Little’s you can find Stridelite and New Balance sneakers for children as well as adorable Birkenstock sandal styles. The store also carries quality infant shoes from brands such as Keen and New Balance. The store is known for it’s quality brands and good service. It is a great place to shop when looking for shoes for any member of the family.
Little Baby Shoes
Pittsburgh based online retailer Little Baby Shoes specializes in, you guessed it, shoes for your infant and toddler. The site offers a wide variety of styles for everyday wear and special occasions to keep your little one’s feet comfortable and warm. For the everyday, cozy Buskins wrap shoes are available in several materials and styles. There are sporty shoe styles from Shooshoos and special occasion shoes for baby girls from Pediped. This local online boutique offers other accessories and clothing pieces for your little one as well, if you are looking for a complete wardrobe package.
The Has Bin
4734 Library Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Located in the South Hills, The Has Bin Shop is a great place to find clothing, shoes and accessories for kids of all ages. Since kids grow so quickly, gently used shoes are an economical option. The Has Bin Shop carries gently used brand names such as Gymboree, Gap, Janie & Jack and Aeropostal. You will find great shoe options for kids from infants through teens. Keep an eye on The Has Bin’s Facebook page for daily updates of available clothing.
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Pittsburgh Soccer And Sports
4205 Murray Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Since kids seem to frequently need shoes for sports participation, Pittsburgh Soccer and Sports in Squirrel Hill is a great resource. The store specializes in soccer shoes and other gear for indoor, turf and hard ground soccer. You can find both kid’s and youth sizes in stock. Pittsburgh Soccer and Sports also carries a great selection of sports shoes for kids with brands such as Adidas, Nike, Puma and other favorite athletic brands. If you are in need of new shoes as well as athletic gear, Pittsburgh Soccer and Sports is a great place to start.
Francesca Blue Kid’s Consignment Shop
1880 Painters Run Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
If you find yourself spending a good deal of money on kid’s shoes, or you have a quite a few pair that look like new yourself, Francesca Blue Kid’s Consignment Shop buys and sells gently used kid’s clothing, shoes and accessories. You can find great prices on gently used brand name shoes perfect for the short amount of time your growing kids will be able to wear them. The store specializes in gently used, high-end cowboy and cowgirl boots. If you have been searching for a great pair of boots by Justin, Ariat, Old West or Dan Post, Francesca Blue in Upper St. Clair may have just the pair you’re looking for.
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