Children’s Buzz: Pediped, Kickers, Glory Chen

Get a Grip
Pediped has debuted a new line called Grip ‘n’ Go. According to the Henderson, Nev.-based company, Grip ‘n’ Go is intended to bridge the gap between its Originals and Flex lines, offering shoes that help a child transition from early walking to confident walking. Available in sizes 19 to 23, the shoes feature soft rubber soles with rounded edges designed to mimic the natural shape of a child’s foot. A firm but flexible heel counter provides stability, and a soft toe box allows toes to curl and grip the floor. Slated to ship to stores in August, the shoes will retail from $45 to $48.

Kick Start
French brand Kickers is rounding out its offering with the addition of newborn shoes and slippers. Available in sizes 17 to 20, the newborn collection consists of three styles — a lace-up bootie, a fur-trimmed laceup and a bootie with a wraparound strap — each offered in a selection colors geared toward both boys and girls. The shoes, which retail for $52, feature soft suede bottoms imprinted with bears. The slippers, meanwhile, are made of colorful felted wool and retail for $48. The offering for babies, available in sizes 18 to 24, focuses on slip-on and zip-up booties with whimsical bear faces, while the kids’ collections features slip-ons and Mary Jane styles.

Glory Days
Glory Chen has stepped into the kids’ market. The new collection from the San Francisco-based women’s brand consists of a small selection of brightly colored canvas, smooth leather and patent leather styles for girls, including T-strap sandals, classic loafers, sneaker-inspired slip-ons and Mary Jane shoes. Just like the Glory Chen women’s line, these shoes are focused on comfort. Available in European sizes 21 to 27, the $70-to-$90 collection is being sold exclusively in Glory Chen’s San Francisco and New York boutiques.

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