Childrens Buzz: Infant Line for Trimfoot… French Brand Enters U.S….

Natural Resources
Farmington, Mo.-based Trimfoot Co. introduced an infant collection under its Baby Deer brand called Natural Steps. The extensive offering consists of ballerinas, jelly sandals (at right), espadrilles and rain boots for girls, and lace-up sneakers, loafers, flip-flops and fishermen sandals for boys. Also included is a selection of gift sets, featuring a pair of shoes and a matching hat. Available in sizes 0 to 8, the collection retails from $12 to $26.

Dog Days
French children’s clothing brand Chipie is bringing its footwear across the pond this spring. It has tapped Laval, Quebec-based GTX Footwear as the North American sales and distribution agent for the collection. Made exclusively for girls, the offering includes styles such as lace-up booties and Mary Jane looks, detailed with distressed leathers, ribbon trim and printed accents. Decorative appliqués of the brand’s iconic
Scottie dog logo are also featured throughout. Available in European sizes 19 to 36, the shoes will retail from $98 to $120.

Sister Act
Inspired by their great-grandfather, who worked as a shoemaker in Monterrey, Mexico, sisters Monica Gonzalez and Ann Marie Smith launched Aldabella Scarpa, a line of children’s footwear distinguished by classic styling and richly colored leathers. Available in infant size 2 to youth size 2, the collection — whose name means “most beautiful shoes” in Italian — features polka-dot and spectator-style Mary Jane looks for girls, and lace-up oxfords and two-tone slip-ons for boys. Retail prices range from $36 to $42. The shoes are packaged in a distinctive round shoebox, and each girls’ pair comes with a matching hair accessory.

The Price Is Right
Buster Brown, a division of St. Louis-based Brown Shoe Co., landed the licensing rights to produce infant and toddler shoes under the Fisher-Price name. Slated to launch exclusively at Kmart in February, the line includes sandals (at left) and sporty Mary Jane styles for girls, and double-strap sneakers and sandals for boys, all inspired by Fisher-Price’s popular baby and preschool toys. All styles feature Buster Brown’s patented Fit Zone technology, in which three color bands on the sole help parents gauge the fit. Prices are about $15.

Candy Shop
New Balance
is indulging its sweet tooth. This spring, the Boston-based athletic brand will serve up a new sneaker series for girls called Candy Collection. At the center of the offering is a low-profile fashion-athletic style detailed with patent leather accents and a translucent outsole, available in bright, candy-inspired colors including bubblegum-pink (at left) and grape. The shoe will retail for $43 for preschool sizes and $45 for grade-school sizes. It will be available beginning in March at retailers including JCPenney, Sears, Shoe Show and Journeys Kidz.

Animal Rights
is showing its support for the animal community. As part of its spring ’09 kids’ collection, the Portland, Ore.-based brand is offering a special shoe to benefit the World Wildlife Federation. The Coronado is 100 percent vegan and made of eco-friendly components, such as a natural canvas upper, a recycled cork-and-polyurethane footbed and recycled aluminum eyelets. For infants and toddlers (sizes 4 to 13), the shoe comes in a Velcro-strap version (at left), detailed with an embroidered frog. A simple lace-up style is available for older kids (sizes 1 to 6). Retail prices range from $35 to $45, depending on the size. One dollar from every pair sold will be donated to WWF.

Take a Walk
Spanish brand Camper is introducing first walkers for spring, rounding out its collection of crib shoes and children’s styles. The debut offering consists of the Imar, a double-strap sneaker (at left), and the Peu, an elastic-lace bootie. Both are detailed in leather with flexible rubber outsoles and offered in several different colors. Available in European sizes 21 to 23, the shoes will be sold in Camper stores, as well as at select wholesale accounts, beginning in February. Retail prices will range from $70 to $75.

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