It’s time for the entire family to put their best feet forward with our round up of the best shoe brands that cater for both grown-ups and kids. Whether you feel like getting all matchy-matchy on the foot front with the kids, or just want to make shopping for shoes for the entire family an easier event, we’ve rustled up all the best shoe brands that design footwear for big and little kids, and grown-ups as well. Come take a look.
They’re as Australian as meat pies and lamingtons. And if you’re a kid of the 70s or 80s, odds are you wore these gems on your feet when growing up. Of course, I’m talking about the iconic Dunlop Volley. We’ve shown you some cool My First Volleys for little feet, but this iconic Australian brand also makes some way-cool kicks for big feet too. You won’t believe the hipness that Volleys have managed to cram into a humble sneaker. Check the entire collection for mums, dads and kids over at Volley. Walnut are another great Australian company making super casual shoes for mums and kids. You probably already know them for their cheap and cheerful children’s canvas range (above). These have been a staple for my kids come kinder time because, at only $29.95 a pair, I don’t fret if they come home daubed with paint, clay or other messy materials. Then there’s the added bonus of toddlers being able to put them on without help – a boon for busy families trying to race out the door in the morning.
What you might not know is that Walnut also do a fab range of women’s ballet flats, boots and other eye catching shoe options. Check their new range of winter women’s boots in leather and the super cute Kik Star boots for kids (above). There’s Mary Janes for girls and a host of other options too.
Mums and daughters can get in some extra shoe bonding time with Melissa, those marvellous plastic shoes from Brazil (below) with designer cred and a bubblegum scent. A who’s who of the world’s best designers have leant their talents to the Melissa stable of shoes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood and Jason Wu amongst them. Find them at Melissa, with free shipping within Australia.
From one Brazilian shoe to another, our round up wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Havaianas. Would thongs by any other name be as hip? Probably not. And they certainly wouldn’t be as strong. Yes, we know that you can grab a pair of thongs for two bucks at the local supermarket, but as a Havaianas-wearing family, I can personally attest that your kids will outgrow these flip-flops long before they outwear them. With dozens of designs to choose from, there’s sure to be a pair of Havaianas for every single person in the family. Browse the collection at Havaianas Australia.
Salt Water Sandals, how we adore you. These are another shoe that keep going and going and going. They come in a range of bright, fun colours (including that eye-popping red up there), are easy to wear and, it goes without saying, look great. Not just for mums and their little girls, Salt Water also have a beaut range of boy’s sandals (below). Find your favourite colour and a stockist near you at Salt Water Australia,
Let dads in on the sandal act too with Avarcas (above). This Spanish brand crafts lovely leather sandals for men as well as for babies, children and women, so it truly is a family shoe affair. Handmade from natural leather, the soles of these hip sandals are made from recycled motorbike tyres, so they have eco cred as well. Drool over all the styles and colours at Avarcas USA, with shipping to Australia only US$15.
Here’s another brand that delivers, from the tiniest feet in the family all the way to the biggest. But it’s not just about the shoes, however cool Toms may be (and trust us, there’s a lot of cool that goes into their footwear). When you fit out your whole fam in Toms, know you’ll also be fitting out a whole family in another part of the world too because Toms give a pair of shoes to a person in need for every pair sold. How’s that for happy feet? It’s easy enough to find adult sized Toms at streetwear shops in Melbourne and Sydney, but Toms will also ship to Australia, so stock up on their kid-sized Tiny Toms.
Now we can’t write a big person/ little person shoe round up without mentioning Natives. These go anywhere, wear any way summer slip-on shoe are much funkier than another certain kind of rubber footwear that may or may not rhyme with the word ‘shocks’. Those shoes up there are from Native’s new 2014 collection. You can find a selection of Native shoes locally at Big Dreams.