If you have a young child, you know the importance of having a varied wardrobe with at least one set of clothes for every climate, temperature, and occasion. But with so many clothing options available, you might not be sure where to begin. Children’s fashion, once ignored by the fashion world, is now a booming industry with every size, style, color, and type of shoe that you can imagine. How can you get the best for your child without breaking your budget? Here’s a list of some of the most essential shoes available at LaBella Flora, so no matter where you’re going, you’ll always have the perfect outfit for your child.
Mary Janes are the classic formal footwear for young girls. Your daughter might not wear them often, but it’s always good to have a pair handy for formal events (weddings, school recitals, holiday dinners, etc.) Mary Janes are typically sleek, shiny, and clean–the perfect complement to stockings and a dress. They can get scuffed up easily, so they’re not recommended for outdoor events. Mary Janes are best for formal occasions with a lot of sitting or standing in the same place (like a school recital.) Children often complain that these shoes pinch their feet, so make sure that you choose the right size for your daughter.
Sometimes you’re attending an event that’s more formal than a soccer game, but requires more movement or outdoor activity. Leather shoes are tough and durable, and offer more comfort and flexibility than Mary Janes. They can also withstand harsher conditions, although they’re not made for running around and playing in the dirt. A simple pair of leather shoes is a good option for occasions where Mary Janes might get scuffed or damaged. They also pair well with a wide variety of outfits.
A pair of boots is essential for cold or rainy weather. Without a pair of boots, your child might find herself with wet socks, cold feet, and even potential frostbite. Look for a sturdy pair that offers warmth, durability, and comfort, as well as a hard sole that prevents water from seeping into the lining. Boots are also a good choice for formal footwear if you’ve been invited to a fall or winter occasion. Otherwise, your child might be shivering in her Mary Janes!
Running around, playing outside, and making a mess is a vital part of childhood, meaning that there’s nothing more essential than a good pair of sneakers. Make sure your child has two or three pairs of sneakers that protect her feet from the elements. Sneakers are also good for informal, everyday activities, like attending school, going to the grocery store, etc. Sneakers are so comfortable and flexible that they’ll probably become your child’s favorite shoes. Just make sure that you buy more than one pair, as there’s a good chance that she’ll wear them out!
Sandals are essential for spring and summer weather. When the temperature starts to get hot, you don’t want your child to be sweating in thick socks and sneakers. Sandals give your child more freedom and comfort, and she’ll love the feeling of dewy grass between her toes. Sandals are good for camping, running around outside, playing in the local park, etc. Your child can also wear them indoors, as even air-conditioned buildings tend to get hot during the summer.
Rain boots are less essential than the other five items on this list, but they can still be an important part of your child’s wardrobe. Rain boots keep your child from slipping and sliding in puddles during rainy days, and can protect delicate socks and stockings. If you live in an area with a lot of rain, consider investing in rain boots to protect your child’s feet from the rain and mud.
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