Mamas who know the brand (as in, pretty much my entire Brooklyn neighborhood, judging from their children’s feet) love See Kai Run shoes for any number of reasons. The handmade shoes are comfy and flexible but sturdy, the styles are hipper than your average mass brand offerings, and they actually hold up for more than a season, even with months of serious playground terrorizing to their name.
Check out the entire Spring/Summer collection at Dandelion Baby. While I do like the new ballet slipper-meets-Mary-Jane Lolas, I think my pick for versatility sake has to be the Bodens for boys and their girlie Gwendolyn sole sisters. (Heh.) The lacing detail gives them a swanky bowling she look, but the velcro strap keeps the wardrobe rasslin’ to a minimum. Always a bonus. –Liz