last spring i think i must have lost my mind because i thought it would be a good idea for all four of us to get our summer shoes together in one afternoon. trying to get the shoes for the little ones, let alone for the big guy, resulted in some purchases but nothing exciting for the kiddies and definitely left me and them exhausted. fortunately, i think i have found a favorite children’s shoe store in the big city. located on a cozy corner in the west village is shoe garden. with astroturf and a lizard for entertainment, as well as a big poufy loungechair in the middle, it is very pleasant to hang out while forcing some really cute shoes on the kids and they won’t even suffer too much during the experience.
the well-edited selection includes a few european designers like primigi, geox, naturino, bopy and pom d’api as well as the super stylish umi and the very cute converse chuck high tops and lacoste sneakers. and just in time for spring, shoe garden is carrying some super cute rainboots from pluie as well as some umbrellas. and while i can find some of these brands at the more common kid shoe shops like harry’s in manhattan and peek a boo kids in brooklyn, at shoe garden i can find them all at the same cozy place from ages baby through pre-teen with a reasonable price tag (and they have really good sales). the shoe garden, 152 west 10th street between 7th avenue and waverly place, manhattan, ny, 212.989.4230.