Stores carry plenty of shoes for adults, but stores that specialize in children’s shoes are hard to find. After traipsing about in our own footwear, we found some of the best shoe and department stores for children. Good quality shoes for your child are well worth the time and money. These family friendly and locally-owned stores have given children quality shoes for years.

Shoe Zoo 
3146 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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(612) 823-3988
www.shoezoo.us

A popular and high quality shoe store in the Twin Cities, Shoe Zoo is very child friendly. The staff takes the time to match the child’s foot pattern to the shoe and assist with shoe selection. Child shoe experts are ready to answer customer questions in person, over the phone or online. Located in uptown Minneapolis, Shoe Zoo carries in-style domestic and imported shoes. Kids get beautiful shoes and the perfect shoe fit.

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Little Feet Childrens Shoes
12981 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 546-3188
www.littlefeetkids.com

Named after the popular Disney film “Frozen,” the “Frozen” shoe collection is in stock at Little Feet. But no child is left in the cold when it comes to shoe wear purchases. Nor are adult shoppers, who can also buy Little Feet shoes for themselves. Plenty of brand name shoes, in addition to “Frozen,” line the shelves. The store does custom shoe fitting to ensure comfort. Besides being a good fit, Little Feet shoes are in step with fashion. Kids and adults alike have fun shopping at this family shoe store.

Expressions
112 Main Ave. N.
Roseau, MN 56751
(218) 463-3010
www.expshoes.com

What’s in store at Expressions? The answer is shoes and accessories for the entire family. The children’s section is full of athletic, dress and casual footwear. Adults do well at this shoe store, too. Expressions fits customers for the shoes they want. Other customized services are size adjustment, foot measuring and shoe dyeing.

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Peterson Shoes
209 E. Main St.
Anoka, MN 55303
(763) 421-3433
www.petersonshoes.com

For orthotic footwear and orthotic needs, go to Peterson’s Shoes. Family-owned, this well established family shoe store has been in Anoka since 1861. The staff is knowledgeable about children’s feet. One piece of advice from the store’s footwear experts is to never give a child second-hand shoes. Used shoes, they point out, can hinder the child’s orthopedic development. Several generations of family members and employees are shoe fitting experts. The store has a line of over-the-counter orthotic inserts for relieving foot pain and attractive orthotic wear. Certified staff pedorthists do foot evaluation, assess footwear needs, recommend footwear based on orthotic assessment and assist with fittings. Children can be assured of getting good shoes as well as shoes that look good. Most importantly, children and adults learn much about podiatric bio-mechanics.

Deals Smart
Mounds View Square
2553 Highway 10 NE
Mounds View, MN 55112
(763) 717-2967

Marketplace Center
2900 Rice St.
Little Canada, MN 55113
(651) 287-7807
www.dealsmartdeals.com

If you look carefully, you can uncover bargains in children’s footwear at Deals Smart. But before shopping, browse its weekly ads for promotions and coupons. A mini-chain discounter in Minnesota, Deals Smart sells overstocked brand name items under every department category. This includes children’s apparel and shoes. In business for over 50 years, Deals Smart has neighborhood locations in Mounds View Square and Marketplace Center. 

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Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.