Kids seem to go through shoes in a hurry. And now that it’s time to get those back-to-school items, or just find a bigger size, there are some great shoe stores in the Seattle area where your kids’ fit, comfort and style come first.
2619 NE Village Lane
Seattle, Washington 98105
In the open air University Village, with a play place located right outside the door, Sole Food is a locally owned and operated boutique, and the sister store to the University Village’s Kid’s Club (a clothing and unique toy boutique). The owner and its long-time employees are working in the store and doing the buying on a day-to-day basis. With brands that parents love, like Primigi, Twig, Naturino, and Ugg, Sole Food also has the trendiness kids are looking for. Click “like” on Sole Food’s Facebook page, and read about their weekly Wednesday specials: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sole-Food.
612 Northwest 65th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
With a locaton in Ballard and a second location that just opened in West Seattle (4736 California SW; 206.397.4528), there are now two uber-cool places for your kids to get their sneaks. Brands that you love (and so do your kids) like Puma, Saucony Girls, Converse and DC Shoes. And a well-stocked supply of socks that are funky, fun and fuzzy. How about pirate themed socks and laces? Accessories include shoelaces, belts and wallets. There’s also a huge variety of wellies, because the local owner Drea knows Seattle kids love to splash in puddles when it rains.
4303 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Founded in the early 1970s by Patrick Andre, the Wooly Mammoth became a store well known for its leather goods and outstanding customer service. Following Andre’s mission statement, “you-have-to-do-right-by-the-customer”, the owner and his wife were nominated twice for the Seattle mayor’s small business award. A humanitarian, Andres won an award in 2007 for his work with Seattle’s homeless youth. Comfort, a good fit and quality leather is what Wooly Mammoth strives for. Brands like Keen, Patagonia, Teva and Hush Puppies are available for kids and adults.
500 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
We would be remiss if we did not include Seattle’s first shoe store. In 1901, John W. Nordstrom and his business partner Carl Wallin opened their first shoe store, Wallin & Nordstrom, in downtown Seattle. This was the start of what would become the retail legend of Nordstrom, Inc. With over 10 Washington state locations, including Nordstrom’s discount, or “Rack” stores, there is an entire department in each Nordstrom devoted to kids’ shoes. Dress shoes, sandals, sneakers, even ballet slippers and soccer cleats can be discovered here. Twice a year, there are big discounts during Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale for Women and Children (usually in May or June) and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which discounts new fall stock for a short time in mid-July.
Seattle retailers Amazon.com, Zappos.com, Nordstrom.com and OnlineShoes.com also have dozens of kids’ back to school shoes and sandals.