It’s back to school time, which means it’s time to make sure your kids are set with new clothes for the new year. Especially important is outfitting them with proper-fitting sneakers, sandals, dress shoes and boots. There are several stores in Connecticut that make this task easy thanks to expert staff and ownership, a wide variety of the latest fashions and reasonable prices. The footwear at these shops will satisfy children and parents alike.
Gail’s Stride Rite
7 Backus Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 791-0882
www.gailsstriderite.com

The family-owned Gail’s Stride Rite also has locations in Westport, Trumbull and Manchester in addition to its store at the Danbury Fair Mall. It is stocked with so much fun, colorful footwear for kids that they will actually enjoy shoe shopping. Among them are sneakers, Crocs and sandals featuring superheroes or characters from Frozen and Star Wars, some of which even have lights or sound effects. Gail’s runs frequent sales, with additional bargains available to subscribers of its e-newsletter.

Denali
296 Elm St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 865-6244
www.denalioutdoor.com

If you have active kids, take them to the outdoor shop Denali in New Haven (it also has a store in Branford and at Mohegan Sun). The store carries cool and comfortable KEEN sandals (the ones that resemble sneakers) for girls and boys, from toddlers to teens. There are also running shoes from brands like The North Face and Nike, and an abundant selection of North Face boots and Uggs. For keeping their feet warm indoors on cold evenings and mornings Denali has Acorn slippers.

Shoetique
1060 W. Main St.
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 488-0021
www.facebook.com/shoetiquect

For nearly three decades, Branford’s Shoetique has been one of the best shoe retailers on the Connecticut shoreline. Specializing in shoes for women and children, the shop’s inventory includes brands like Dansko, Skechers, New Balance, Merrell, Sperry and two dozen more. Owner Carol Cornachini and her staff go out of their way to make customers feel welcome and ensure that their kids find just the right pair of shoes. You’ll want to take advantage of Shoetique’s holiday discounts and seasonal clearance sales.

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Little Eric Of Greenwich
15 E. Elm St.
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 622-1600
www.facebook.com/Little-Eric-Greenwich

This children’s shoe store in Greenwich is notable for its bright window displays and the big pink rocking horse on the floor that fidgety kids will be drawn to. Parents are likely to be more impressed with Little Eric’s exceptional attention to their children’s needs. Its experienced employees will measure your children’s feet to perfectly fit them for the appropriate shoes, including many in narrow and wide sizes. The shop has all the latest styles and runs several promotional events throughout the year offering great bargains.

Over The Moon
38 W. Main St.
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 676-9599
www.overthemoonkids.com

Over the Moon is a children’s boutique that is committed to offering high-quality, environmentally-friendly apparel. Its extensive shoe selection comprises specialty brands that are hard to find in most Connecticut stores. Among them is Pediped, whose three styles of shoes are specially designed to conform to the walking styles of infants, toddlers and school-age children respectively. Over the Moon also carries shoes from See Kai Run and Livie & Luca, both of whose handmade creations ensure the safe development of growing kids’ delicate feet.

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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.