Step in, then step out.
Whether you’re shopping for a birthday gift, summer or winter essentials, or just browsing for the cutest kicks on the market, shoe shopping is no easy task. It’s time to cover up your tiny (and not so tiny) tot’s tootsies with a wardrobe of shoes to suit any occasion. We all know shoes have a big impact on growing little ones, so it’s important to consider whether your buy is going to be an everyday item or a fun addition. From comfy and cool canvas shoes to long-lasting leather pairs, we’re here to make sure the kids are stepping out in style!
Stride Rite has super cute (yet very practical) shoes for every step that your child takes. From toddlers to pre-school and back to school classics, footwear here is made specifically with the health and safety of little feet in mind (one less this for us to worry about!). Use the online e-fit tool if you’re confident, or head over to one of the five stores in Hong Kong and get the kids measured by a certified fit specialist. We love the first steps range with rounded toes to prevent tripping, a flexible design that mimics barefoot walking and the easy-on straps with adjustable closing. Did we mention that they’re super cute?
A brand that’s recognised for quality (that comes with a price tag to match), Geox is a solid option for comfort and durability. With cutting-edge tech behind these designs, you’ll find sandals, sneakers, slip-on, lace-up, Disney characters, school shoes, light up shoes and more. With 12 stores across the city, from Sha Tin, TST and Central and everything in between, little feet of all ages are covered.
With multiple outlets across Hong Kong, Dr Kong provides a free fitting service, which is super helpful when you are shopping for shoes the first time around. Its own brand is colourful and bright and is bound to catch your youngsters eye. This is also a great (reasonably priced) spot to pick up sports shoes, sandals, party and school shoes.
If you’re looking for on-trend options to have your youngsters stepping out in style, Seed Heritage has a range of canvas soles that are high on comfort as well as the cool-factor. From sequined ballet pumps to trendy wellies and cute bunny slippers, the kids (ahem, you) will be spoilt for choice!
One for fitness enthusiasts, GigaSports is a dedicated sports specialist that’ll definitely get the kids kitted out for sports day and then some! From Nike to Adidas, Puma, Mizuno, Oasics and more all in one place, the hardest part will be choosing the right pair.
A great one for the eco-conscious mamas, here you’ll find a wide range of gently used, good as new or new with tags on items that’ll not only save your purse-strings but the planet as well! With big names like Geox, Jacadi, Seed, Camper, Adidas and more, you’ll be spoilt for pre-loved choice!
These Italian shoemakers have enjoyed a long history of famous patrons including royalty. Yup, that’s right, Prince Ranieri III of Monaco and his wife Princess Grace fitted out their daughter in these exquisite shoes! Gusella continues to cobble luxury designer footwear for your little princes and princess. Expensive but definitely worth the splurge for special occasions.
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For your little one’s who aren’t yet able to run around but still want to look super stylish, check out Lil Souls handmade vegan clothes and shoes. Started by Hong Kong mama Shereen O’Brien, the collections of Moccasins, Chelsea Boots and Mary Janes are ridiculously cute and make for a wonderful first pair of pumps, ideal for Insta pics! What’s more, for every purchase Lil’ Souls will help to provide one person with access to safe drinking water for one year, supporting water.org. We love the inspirational slogans on the bottom of each shoe as well.
Lil’ Souls, www.lilsouls.com
For the fun-factor, you can’t go wrong with Heelys – shoes with wheels in the heels! Just don’t forget to check out how to heely (with safety tips included!). Not only are there options for the kids but mum and dad can get in on the action as well! Doing food shopping has never been so fun…
From wellies to winter warming boots for both boys and girls, Next Direct is stocked full with footwear whatever the weather. The online retailer is not age discriminate, as it caters for kids from babe to teenager and every occasion from smart to casual. With free shipping to on all orders over $250, you can order away from the comfort of your sofa and have it delivered right to your door.
Other places to get kids shoes in Hong Kong
Highstreet favourites: Other staple options include Cotton on Kids, H&M and Zara for fashion faves, and Nike and Addidas stores for a whole range of kids sports shoes. For affordable yet durable sports shoes you can kit out the whole family at Decathlon. Another option for paddling around at the beach is Crocs. Keep a lookout for more sturdy flats, boots, sandals and sneaker options for everyday use (that support the heel better than the traditional clogs).
Non-walkers: For more super cute options, take a look at the baby moccasins from Little Caleb (the pink and gold-fringed ones were an awesome baby shower gift for one Sassy Mama!) and the ridiculously cute fabrics on Pepper & Mint’s Mini Shoes collection – the Dim Sum Dumplings being one of our faves.
Other online options: If you’re confident about the sizes then try Carter’s Simply Joy on Amazon. Also Native Shoes (make sure you select “Ship To: Hong Kong” for international shipping details at the checkout). Here’s you’ll find options for babies and kids, an extra bonus is that it aims for all its shoes to be 100% life managed by 2023 (meaning that nothing will go to waste and all old shoes will be recycled into other cool things like playground flooring and more!).
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in December 2017 by Laura Derry and updated by Alex Purcell Garcia in July 2020.