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Best Kids' Shoes

The selection at For Kids Only is deep and discounted. The floor can be a scene, with grandmas lobbying for patent lace-ups while kids read the store copy of The Big Red Barn, but the staff knows the stock well and keeps matters moving fast. » 746 N. Fairfax Ave., 323-650-4885. Also at 18155 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, 818-708-9543. 

 Squealing kids on a coin-operated vintage motorcycle ride let you know this isn’t a cookie-cutter shoe store. Wee Soles was opened by three women who had trouble finding hip, well-fitting footwear for their children. Their stock of more than 40 brands in sizes infant to 6 years includes Morgan & Milo Mary Janes and lace-ups, tattoo-motif tennies by Ed Hardy, and gold-and-camouflage cashmere-lined sneakers from Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. For your budding environmentalist, there are vegan shoes (no animal products involved), such as the colorful sneaker line from Tsukihoshi. If your child refuses to get off the ride, buy her the motorcycle boots coming to the store next month. » 3827 W. Sunset Blvd., Ste. E, Silver Lake, 323-667-0774. 

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