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I see no reason to spend $70 on a pair of shoes for a toddler. I can't imagine wearing sneakers all summer either. If those are the only choices, I'd go for the sandals I guess.
DDs usually have 3-5 pairs of shoes per season but they certainly aren't $70 a pair.
We have both as well.
Is there some special issue that shoes cost $70.00 a pair?
I got my LO 2 pair of New Balance and Sneakers, a pair of Keens and a dressy pair of Stride Rite sandals (for a few weddings/parties this summer) and I think they were all less than $25.00 a pair. If there's no issues, shop around. Toddler sheos are less than $70.00 a pair pretty much everywhere.
I'm sure it depends some on your weather, but I'd say sandals. DS has already been in sandals for the last month and will be all summer, but we live in GA and it's way too for sneakers. Plus DS has sweaty feet. He does have a couple pair of sneakers, and he wears those on rainy days.
Also, ditto PPs, that you can definitely find toddler shoes for way cheaper if you look around and don't care about the brand. I just can't see spending that much on shoes they'll grow out of soon. I get alot of DS's shoes at consignment shops, they're always in great condition, and that way I can afford more, so he'll have options
I really cannot even begin to imagine a pair of toddler shoes that could cost $70. I'd be looking elsewhere.
As far as sneakers vs sandals, we do both. Sandals typically for every day, and sneakers for stuff like walking around the zoo all day, walking through wooded areas when camping,etc. Plus a pair of dressy shoes for church, and some flip flops or water sandals for the beach.
oliversmommy32912:Am I the only person that buys their kid's shoes at Target?
Nope! And they have never once complained about their feet or have had any issues thus far.
Target and crocs are our go-tos.
Definitely not. Most of my girls's shoes are from Target and Kohls and I typically pay less than $15.
My son lived in his Keens last summer.
I got DS a pair of cheapo teva style sandals at Kohls for playing in the yard. They are so heinous I would never let him leave the house in them, but they're lightweight and I don't care if they get ruined.
I got him a pair of Pedipeds for $45 I think that are ok to me looks wise. I really only like guys to wear flip flops for sandals, but obviously that doesn't work with a toddler. DS runs hot and he sweats his booty off when he's got socks and shoes on and it's hot out (we're in the high 80s all week!) so sandals are a must for us. You can certainly find some for cheaper than $70.
memali26: oliversmommy32912:Am I the only person that buys their kid's shoes at Target?Definitely not. Most of my girls's shoes are from Target and Kohls and I typically pay less than $15.
Nope. The circo brand tennis shoes were our go to for the longest time. Like I bought the same pair in 3 sizes. She actually liked those more than her gifted stride rights which seemed to bother her chubby feet. We have some name brands now but only because I happened to get a good sale on amazon...like I got 5 pair for less than a 100. Couldn't go wrong. I'm all about good sturdy shoes but they come at low price points too.
ilove613:I was told that shoes for young toddlers need good support etc.
Stride Rite and many other brands have great support, and you can get them on sale at a number of places. We've never paid over $30 for Stride Rite shoes online or at the outlet. Zulily and Totsy both have sales quite often for toddler shoes with good support.
As far as style, we have both. He has sneakers, and then he has some sneaker-type sandals. Those don't have good support, so they aren't his main shoe - mostly for when we just go out in the backyard.
ladybugpjb: ilove613:I was told that shoes for young toddlers need good support etc.Stride Rite and many other brands have great support, and you can get them on sale at a number of places. We've never paid over $30 for Stride Rite shoes online or at the outlet. Zulily and Totsy both have sales quite often for toddler shoes with good support.As far as style, we have both. He has sneakers, and then he has some sneaker-type sandals. Those don't have good support, so they aren't his main shoe - mostly for when we just go out in the backyard.
This. I'll buy from Target and other stores on occasion but we typically buy from Stride Rite. I almost always wait for sales, especially the BOGO ones. There isn't a reason that you are spending $70 for one pair of toddler shoes. That's crazy.
LO spent last summer in a pair of Old Navy sandals bought used for $8.
We'll do something similar this year.
No, we do.
We got DS a great pair of sandals from there and they have held up well. He has both. He has sandals, tennis shoes, and boat shoes/deck shoes.
What shoes cost $70?
I just ordered DS a pair of Keens sandals. With tax and free shipping they cost $42. Not cheap, but not $70 either.
I can't imagine putting DS in sneakers all summer.
That's true, but there are a lot of good options that are way less than $70 a pair. My kids are way too hard on their shoes to spend that much.
I would go with sandals. It gets way too hot for socks and sneakers in the summer IMO.
elmoali:Yes they need good support but exactly what shoes are you finding at $70 a pair?? Stride Rites are pricey and still aren't that expensive. They also have sneaker style sandals that have a closed toe but breathable mesh and an open back.
All of this. I'm curious about the brand and type of shoe so advanced in toddler foot support that it costs $70 without just being a fancy brand? I think you can go to Stride Rite and get a pair of sneakers and sandles for $70...no need to choose between the two.
$70!? You don't need to spend that much on a pair of shoes. DS has a few pairs of shoes and we alternate depending on that day's weather and what we're doing.
Target sneakers - $15
Old Navy water shoes/sneakers - $10
Crocs - $20
Vans - $20