With summer entering its final weeks, there are few things that make our kids more excited about the coming school year than a brand new pair of kicks. Start them off on the right foot by visiting one of these beloved local shoe stores, where friendly staff and great selections are ready and waiting.

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Black Wagon
Conveniently located in the heart of N Mississippi Avenue, Black Wagon receives rave reviews from Portland parents for its warm customer service, open layout (don’t hesitate to bring the stroller) and fantastic selection of children’s shoes, clothes, toys and books. Whether you’re looking for Vans, Toms, Native Shoes or a new pair of Hatley boots, Black Wagon has you covered with its handpicked selection of both independent and well-known labels.

3964 N Mississippi Ave.
Online: blackwagon.com

Coffee Kids
Opened in 2012 by north Portlander Shamaine Coffee, this St. Johns boutique is a one-stop-shop for quality shoes, clothes, toys, books and games for your favorite kids. But this darling store, which moved into a brand new location just a few years back, stands out due to its exceptionally friendly and helpful staff who always seem to know exactly what you’re looking for, making every visit easy and stress-free.

8836 N Lombard St.
Online: coffee-kids.myshopify.com

Quality is the name of the game at Nashwa, a small local gem beloved by NE Portlanders. The shoes, which run up to youth size 6, have a reputation for craftsmanship, value and comfort, ensuring that your kids’ feet will be well taken care of. An added bonus? The store has a lovely play station to occupy your children as you peruse the additional selections of kids’ raincoats, backpacks and accessories.

1719 NE 16th Ave.
Online: facebook.com

photo: Sharon and Nikki McCutcheon via flickr creative commons


Clogs-N-More Kids
As the name suggests, there are far more than clogs to be found at this family favorite shoe store. Comfort is key at Clogs-N-More Kids, where friendly and knowledgeable staff members are always on hand to help you find the perfect shoes for growing feet. And don’t fret if it takes a bit of time to comb through the impressive selection—the well-stocked play area is a perfect distraction for impatient little boys and girls.

3435 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Online: clogsnmore.com

Hazel & Pear
The speed at which our children grow in and out of their shoes, clothes and toys can be rather alarming—as well as extremely expensive. So why not go the consignment route for your next purchase? At Hazel & Pear in the Brooklyn neighborhood of SE Portland, you’ll find a wide variety of gently used shoes and clothes for children (up to size 8) and mothers alike, not to mention toys, games, puzzles and books. Looking to unhand some of your own outgrown clothing and shoes? Take a look at Hazel & Pear’s consignment procedures here.

3432 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Online: hazelandpear.com

photo: Tommy Wong via Flickr creative commons


Too Cute Children’s Consignment
Owned and operated by Nicole Baker, a self-described “name-brand loving mama” of two young girls, Too Cute is not your typical children’s consignment store. Immaculately curated, organized and maintained, this small shop offers a fast-moving inventory of children’s clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as the added bonus of an in-store play area. Too Cute also earns stellar reviews from Portland parents for its kind and helpful staff, who are always willing to go above and beyond for their customers. Interested in consigning? Click here for the complete store policies and procedures.

10115 SW Nimbus Ave.
Online: toocuteforkids.com

Northwest, Southeast and Southwest

In case this long, hot summer has made you forget, we sometimes have a rainy season here in Portland. And where better to stock up on sturdy outdoor shoes than one of the four REI locations in the Portland metropolitan area? With brands that include Keen, The North Face, Merrell and Vasque, REI is a great option for parents with active, outdoorsy kids who need to stay warm and dry. Insider Tip: Keep your eyes peeled for great deals around Labor Day.

7410 SW Bridgeport Rd.

1405 NW Johnson St.

12160 SE 82nd Ave.

2235 NW Allie Ave.

Online: rei.com

What’s your favorite Portland shoe store for kids? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maura O’Brien

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