Adidas Originals
923 N. Rush St., Chicago, 312-932-0651

The Adidas Originals store (not to be confused with the Adidas Sport Performance store in Water Tower Place, which has an almost nonexistent children’s section) celebrates the 70s and 80s retro Adidas style for fashion more than function. Find adidas originals shoes in toddler sizes and a handful of clothing styles for tots.

Alamo Shoes
5321 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-784-8936 

This Andersonville shoe shop has an almost rabid following among devotees who have been making the trip to this old-school store for more than 30 years. Kid’s brands include Geox, Tsukihoshi, Converse, and Merrell; many odd sizes and widths are stocked and available for order. (For those coming from the burbs, there’s a convenient parking lot across the street from the store.)


Carrara Children’s Shoes
2121 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, 773-935-9398

Carrara specializes in Italian designer shoes for infants, toddlers, and kids from See Kai Run, Ecco, Geox, Primigi, and Tsukihoshi. This store has been family owned for more than 40 years, and gets high marks for its customer service and shoe fittings.



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The discount shoe emporium carries shoes for infants, toddlers, and kids ranging from casual sneakers and athletic shoes to dress shoes and boots. A sampling of brands include Robeez, Converse, Nike, Kamik, Puma, adidas, Kenneth Cole, and Keen.


Forest Bootery
284 E. Market Square, Lake Forest, 847-234-0201
525 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, 847-362-1201 

High-end, designer kicks for the whole family. These north suburban shops blend style with the appeal of a family shoe store, where it’s all about service and fit. Children’s shoe brands include UGG, Toms, Bogs, Hunter, Aster, Keen, Converse, Sperry, and Frye, and run the gamut from sandals and moccasins to boots. These shops also carry kid’s outerwear and accessories like sock monkey hats with ear flaps.


Gotskinds Children’s Shoes & Clothing
115 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, 630-355-1811

Shoes from Primigi, Geox, Pediped, and Jumping Jacks as well as clothing, layette, and gifts up to 3T.


Hanig’s Footwear and The Little Chick
1627 Sherman Ave., Evanston, 847-864-3268

This family-owned shop has been kitting out Chicago feet for more than 60 years. Although there are six Hanig locations, Evanston’s The Little Chick is the only spot that carries kid shoes. Children’s lines include Keen, Geox, Ecco, Merrell, Stride Rite, and Converse.


Kinga European Children’s Shoes
777 N. York Rd., Hinsdale, 630-321-1399

Kinga exclusively carries European children’s shoes, which offer more orthopedic support to ensure proper growth. The staff here is trained to fit children with any kind of foot, from narrow to extra wide, or who need orthotics or help with special problems like flat feet. Shop boots, sandals, dress shoes, and sneakers from Italian brands such as Naturino and Lelli Kelly, French brand Aster, and Austrian Brand Ecco. (More than 8,000 pairs are stocked in each store.) Prices run $60 to $125.


Lord and Taylor
Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-574-8000
Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, 847-677-9000
Northbrook Court, Northbrook, 847-498-2500
Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 847-619-5000

Lord and Taylor’s baby and children selection is on the small side, but includes Lilly Pulitzer, Nautica, DKNY, Nicole Miller, Charlie Rocket, and Hartstrings. (The coats, such as heavy-duty Timberland coats and Ralph Lauren trench coats, are worth a look during sales.) Also find Michael Kors and Ugg Australia shoes, and a small selection of gifts like Gund toys and blankets.


65 E. Oak St., Chicago, 312-587-0570

Babies in Roberto Cavalli? Why not? This kiddie couture boutique has been keeping Chicago kids in European high fashion since 1993. Shop Armani Junior and Perry Ellis suits, designer denim from D&G Junior, dresses from Betsey Johnson, and other apparel from Moschino, Escada, Gucci, Missoni Kids, and Versace Young. (Milani can also pre-order for the upcoming season.) The shoe stock is equally high-end, with baby wingtips, Fendi leather loafers, D&G sandals, and Armani sneakers for boys and girls. Prices range $95 to $400.


Neiman Marcus
737 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-642-5900
Northbrook Court, Northbrook, 847-564-0300
Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-572-1500

This upscale department store carries ritzy designer wear from Armani Junior, Baby Dior, Burberry, Juicy Couture, and Little Marc Jacobs. The shoe selection is similarly upmarket, with kid kicks from Gucci, Prada, Toms, and Ugg. Junior David Yurman jewelry, Missoni accessories for Bugaboo strollers, diaper bags from Marc by Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade, and toddler aviator sunglasses prove that even the pre-verbal can look too cool for school. (See also, Last Call Neiman Marcus.)

The Shops at North Bridge, 55 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312-464-1515
Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-571-2121
Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, 847-677-2121
Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 847-605-2121

Nordstrom’s baby and children’s selection is adorable, designer, and spendy. British catalog brand MiniBoden, one of the cutest tot lines around, is stocked here, as well as girl’s clothing from Burberry, Benetton, Flowers by Zoe and Little Marc Jacobs and boy’s suits from Joseph Abboud and Brooks Brothers. Frilly baptism gowns and rompers run $75 to $300. The selection of toys and gear is skimpy, but Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags and Bugaboo strollers pack a lot of style to make up for it. The Nordstrom shoe department is one of the best in the city for adults, and the same holds true for children. The large selection includes brands such as Tom’s, Merrell, Frye, Hunter, Ugg, Pediped, Kenneth Cole, Timberland, and Keen. (See also, Nordstrom Rack.)


Rogan’s Shoes
147 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein, 847-566-6077
2749 Grand Ave., Waukegan, 847-566-6077
45 E. Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove, 847-325-5235

This Wisconsin-based family chain carries a huge selection of infant, toddler, and children’s shoes. Styles run the gamut from casual sandals and sneakers to dressier shoes, with a particularly good stock of kid’s sport shoes like football and baseball cleats, wrestling, running, and basketball shoes, and hiking boots.


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Playful shoes for infants through kid size 7, like sparkly boots for girls and light-up tennis shoes for boys. 

Stride Rite
Northbrook Court, Northbrook, 847-559-1259
Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-574-1048
Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 847-995-1344
Hawthorn Mall, Vernon Hills, 847-367-0535
Orland Square Mall, Orland Park, 708-403-4282
7501 W. Cermak Rd., North Riverside, 708-442-7079
20530 Rand Rd., Deer Park, 847-438-5342
1506 Commons Dr., Geneva, 630-845-2489
1636 S. Randall Rd., Algonquin, 847-854-4560

Since 1919, this stalwart children’s shoe brand has taken podiatric health seriously. Robeez, Keds, Sperry, and Saucony sneakers come in size prewalker to 7. Styles run the gamut from colorful topsiders to Mary Janes, sandals to snow boots. (See also, Stride Rite Keds Sperry outlet.)

Von Maur
The Glen Town Center, 1960 Tower Dr., Glenview, 847-724-4199
Yorktown Center Mall, Lombard, 630-953-8181
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This Midwest-based, family-owned department store has a decent children’s department, though it does succumb to the usual imbalance of the girl selection outnumbering the boy product almost two to one. Be sure to check out the seasonal variety of coats, which range from heavy-duty down to wool pea coats. Easy newborn gifts include blankets, plush toys, and Reed and Barton silver. The shoe assortment rivals that of other department stores, with brands such as Saucony, See Kai Run, and Kenneth Cole.

Vose-Sanders Bootery
837 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-446-1108
 Each foot is measured individually to ensure a proper fit at this third generation, family-owned store. Kid brands include Stride Rite, Keen, Jumping Jacks, Robeez, Geox, See Kai Run, Nike, and Converse.


Wesley’s Shoe Corral
1506 E. 55th St., Chicago, 773-667-7463

Hyde Park’s family shoe store has outfitted the Obama family’s tootsies and specializes in hard-to-find sizes and widths and personalized fitting services. Children’s shoes are stocked from popular brands Puma, Geox, Tsukihoshi, and Bogs.


Young Tootsies Children Shoes
200 Applebee St., Barrington, 847-277-1381

A shoe store equipped for old-fashioned fittings for all children, but especially those with hard-to-fit feet. Find brands such as Lelli Kelly, Milo and Morgan, Umi, Timberland, and Beeko, and little rain coats, boots, and umbrellas. Together with Learning Express Toys and Tommy Terri, these three stores make a kid-friendly triumvirate in the Ice House Mall and easy one-stop shopping for parents on the go.