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Old 02-08-2008, 05:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm looking for shoes for my toddler that are not made in China. Any suggestions? So far, we have just had Robeez (made in Canada). I'd like to get something a bit more substantial so that he can wear them outside. I was going to get a pair of Robeez Tredz, but they are made in China.

I checked out Pedipeds (made in China), See Kai Run (made in China) Pedoodles (China and Indonesia), Preschoolians (made in China), etc.

Any suggestions? This is incredibly frustrating!
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BTDT.

The only children's brand I've found that I like, is remotely resonable, and not MIC is Primigi. They sell them at Zappos and they have free shipping both ways quite often (like now, I see!). Some Primigis are still made in Italy, some in Eastern Europe and I think some in Malaysia or the Philippines. I really like Naturino too and they are mostly made in Brazil and Italy, I believe, but they are a bit more pricey.

If you keep an eye out, you can often find Primigis in the $50-$60 range. That's about what I'd spend at Stride Rite and all the SR shoes are MIC.

My DS had some like this when he was a toddler
http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/26492400/c/119288.html
and they worked well between the velcro and the high cut.

Ooh, these look rather unisex and they're very reasonable.
http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/23840636/c/911.html

I like these too for a girl
http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/16034117/c/559.html

Anyway, I miss shopping for cute toddler shoes -- can you tell? Good Luck!
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Most of the European brands: Ricosta, Primigi, Elephanten, De Osu, Naturino, Ecco, Doc Martens. Like the above poster, we buy all of dd's shoes from Zappos when we are not traveling abroad to buy them directly. Also, because the sizing is metric, European shoes always fit dd better.
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Just a note. I buy my son's shoes from Ebay stores for a lot less than zappos, brand new, same shoes. That said, Zappos does have a great return policy, if you're not sure about sizes or fit.
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Most of the European brands: Ricosta, Primigi, Elephanten, De Osu, Naturino, Ecco, Doc Martens. Like the above poster, we buy all of dd's shoes from Zappos when we are not traveling abroad to buy them directly. Also, because the sizing is metric, European shoes always fit dd better.
Actually, one must be careful any more. I just saw a pair of Doc's in the store the other day MIC. Also, I've seen some Eccos MIC as well at Dillards.

It really irks me that finding shoes not MIC is so hard these days! It used to be that the European brands were safe and all of them aren't even safe anymore. <SIGH>

However, if you call or do the online chat with Zappos, they will check the individual shoe. They've done that for me before.
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Bear Feet are made in Texas. I don't believe the Elefanten brand are still being made. Also, Soft Star shoes are not made in China, and a bit cheaper than Bear Feet.
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[QUOTE=MommyErin;10501963]
It used to be that the European brands were safe and all of them aren't even safe anymore. <SIGH>

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Absolutely true. And the special quality of the itmes are gone. I notice that with everything from Flapdoodles (clothing) to Oilily. You can tell the older items by the feel, the detail, the dye quality, the heft. As a person who shops secondhand almost exclusively, I can run through a rack of items and know with my hands if it's 'vintage' quality or not before I even pull it off the rack. There is no comparriosn, fi, between the old Hanna jammies and the new ones. (I will still give high marks to the green organic long johns-- they have that wonderful silky, hefty feel). And a little girls' Laura Ashely party dress from the 80's feels and looks completely different from the Costco version. I started noticing the poor quality showing up in thrift lately and mentioned it to a friend. It was she who told me about Laura Ashely and big box stores.

Although I know you are all talking about shoes...but it holds for most everything.
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Soft Star Shoes (www.softstarshoes.com)

Handmade in Oregon.
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Guccio/Toddler Treads. Hand made in Poland. Love these shoes

http://imstillme.com/the_shoes.html
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There are some way cute toddler shoes at Vincent Shoes, but I'm not sure where they are made. I'm about to email and ask. Couldn't find it on the website. Anyone else know???
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I've bought shoes from Vincent before. Way cute, and they fit my DD's wideish feet very well, but they're MIC.
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i believe those are made in australia.

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http://joshoes.com/

Made in the USA
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Thank you for all your replies. I appreciate it!
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Soft Star Shoes (www.softstarshoes.com)

Handmade in Oregon.

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I just swiped a pair of De Osu shoes on ebay for $12 including the shipping!:
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Yes, there are! BabyPawsUSA shoes that are not only 'designed', but actually 'made' in Australia. They are not only super cute, but the leather and components are tested to ensure that they comply with standards such as the British and European Standard EN71-3, ASTM International Standard ASTM F963-07 and ASTM E 1645 and several more International Standards. They are being sold in several countries and, in the US through BabyPawsUSA.com.

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