Kids and Baby Shoes

A blog that's all about the kids and babies and for the mom's and dad's as well.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Fall Shoes 2006

A Peek at What's In Store for Shoes this Autumn

Boots and Booties

Of course, the big footwear news any time the weather cools down is what's
happening with boots, and this season, there are so many styles to
choose from.

Booties, ankle boots, and knee-high boots are all going to be super hot. We'll be seeing a lot of gathering for a slouchy effect on both ankle and tall boots, and roll down cuffs on tall boots are going to be big as well.

Wedges, Platforms and Sandals Still Hot for Fall

Wedges are still among the hottest heels going, but heel that's too bulky won't work well with the skinny jeans and leggings that will be out in abundance this season.

For heels to wear with those styles, take advantage of the fact that platforms are still gaining momentum, and look for a platform shoe with a more delicate heel.

While sandals usually go the wayside when the sun sets on summer, this fall, there will be plenty of open-toed shoes to choose from.

Look for peep-toes and autumn sandals in some of the season's hottest fabrics: suede, velvet and patent.

Shoes for the Hottest Fall Fashions

With leggings taking over the streets, flats are hotter than ever.

Pointy-toed styles will help to counter the leg-shortening effect that leggings can have; but women who have an aversion to their feet looking longer can breathe a sigh of relief, as round-toed ballerina flats are still making headlines as well.

Given that plaids are turning up on every piece of fall clothing imaginable, solid colored shoes are definitely going to be more popular than the many patterns of last autumn.

The Colors of Autumn

Each season, the experts at Pantone analyze the which colors were hottest on the fashion runways.

This autumn, the standout shades include a deep gold and a bright purple. These results usually apply more to the clothes you'll be wearing, as opposed to the shoes you'll be seeing, but to help you visualize their findings, I've compiled an image gallery using shoes to represent the most popular fashion colors for fall 2006.

As far as footwear goes, bright colors are not as abundant as they've been in seasons past, the exceptions being red and purple. In shoes this year, there's a heavy trend towards black, neutrals, and greys.

The same is true in the evening shoes department, where very basic shades are making their way to the forefront, with silver, gold, black, ivory and neutrals all being especially hot.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Sports Footwear

No matter how sophisticated sports footwear may appear, they are not designed for performance enhancement and are at best provide a comfort zone. Contrary to what sales copy may say it is people who win Olympic medals and not their shoes. In just over a century, manufacturers which produce sport shoes have become multi-national industries with marketing budgets in excess of many developing countries GDP. Critised because of their flagrant dismissal of human rights many shoe companies continue to target sales at low socio-economic groups and all in the name of sport. In the interests of intellectual exchange the author attempts to explore some of the stranger facts and fiction concerning sport shoes.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

What's New for the Fall Season

We have been watching Umi Kids Shoes since their products hit the market last year. They quickly became in instant hit with mom's for their children. Their spring 2006 line consisted of a lot of open toe sandals. Their fall line is full of color and new styles that are quickly going to make into the homes of many children. What we like about Umi is their quality. They make a durable kids shoe that just simply will not wear out. Your kids will out grow a pair of UMI's long before they are ready for the shoe graveyard. The Umi Bloom (pictured left) is a perfect example of their color style and quality. Priced in the $50.00 range you will find a shoe of this quality hard to beat. We love Umi. You can find Umi Kids on Amazon or you can shop kids shoe stores like UniqueHomeStore.Com.

Let's Go Shopping

Buy Buy Baby
Arte Bebe
Baby CZ
Baby Laundry Boutique
Cady Lane
comfi cozi
Cute Baby Shoes
Cute Little Me
Emily & Ally
forest and zoe
Ginger and Scallion
Honey for the Bear
It's A Rag Doll's Life
Janie and Jack
Jolie's Online
Kids Shoes, Stride Rite and Primigi
Little Bits
Little Dudes and Divas
Maddies Closet
Mahar Drygoods
Max and Maude's
Milena Bee
Mod Mama
My Little Ducks
Olie Bollen
Orange Blossom
Polka Dot Whale
stars + infinite darkness
Stride Rite and Primigi
Swell Baby
The Red Balloon Co.
Tiny Truffles
Trendy Togs

Local - New York City
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (SOHO)
Crembebe (East Village)
Karin Alexis (UWS)
Kingkow (UWS)
Les Petits Chapelais Créations (SOHO)
Romp (Park Slope)
Z Baby Company (UES/UWS)

Local - Boston
Kids Shoes at AlphaBits Childrens Boutique

Local - DC
K Baby

Local - SF Bay Area
Mill Valley Baby Co.

Local - LA
La La Ling
2 chix
Bebe au Lait
BellaBlu Maternity
Belly Dance Maternity
Liz Lange
Naissance on Melrose

New York
Veronique Maternity
Amber Hagen
Amy Coe
Anne-Claire Petit
Baby Bean Wear
baby star
EGG by susan lazar
flora and henri
Lucy Sykes Baby
Lion & Finn
Petit Bateau
Petit Patapon
Tea Collection
Trish Scully
Inch Blue
Jack and Lily
Stride Rite
Abe Jones
Angelic Genius
Glug Baby
Lily + Amy
littly by jenny
Stardust Kids
The Retro Baby
Tomat for Kids
Tricky & Titch
Wry Baby
3 girls and us
Modern Nursery
Netto Collection
zac and zoe
Land of Nod
New Arrivals, Inc.
Pottery Barn Kids
Rosenberry Rooms