Children’s Buzz: Palladium, Tsukihoshi & More

French Dressing
Palladium has stepped back into the kids’ market. The French brand, now under the umbrella of Westlake Village, Calif.-based K-Swiss Inc., will roll out a small line in early 2011, available in sizes 4 (infant) to 3 (youth). The initial offering consists of two key takedown styles from the Palladium adult line: the Pampa Oxford and the Pampa Hi lace-up boot (at left), both built on classic vulcanized rubber bottoms with canvas uppers and offered in boys’ and girls’ colors. The infant shoes feature elasticized laces and Velcro closures, making them easier to get on and off. The entire line is priced from $30 to $45.

Water Company
Tsukihoshi is getting its feet wet. The Japanese sneaker brand has added water shoes to its offering for spring. The Child 12 (in sizes 7 to 13, at right) and Youth 13 (in sizes 12 to 4) styles are made of quick-drying materials and feature draining vents and slip-resistant bottoms. And, like all of Tsukihoshi’s shoes, they are machine washable. Both looks come in a variety of boys’- and girls’-specific colors. Set to deliver in January, the shoes will retail from $55 to $65 at stores including Nordstrom, Zappos.com, Piperlime.com and Brooks Shoes for Kids.

Sister Act
Ash has a new little sister. The trendy Italian women’s label, distributed in North America by New York-based Highline United, is launching a girls’ collection featuring mini-me versions of some of its most popular styles — among them, washed-denim peep-toe lace-up sneakers and four-buckle high-tops in antiqued leather and denim with decorative studs and grommets. Available in European sizes 22 to 35, the shoes will retail from $70 to $120 at better boutiques and department stores, including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. The first delivery is slated for late February.

Auto Zone
Stride Rite is revving up its boys’ offering with a new sneaker series called Vroomz. ­Styling is inspired by the world of racecar driving, with details such as wheels, number graphics, checkered flag motifs and chrome-like finishes. Select shoes feature lighted technology in both the heel and upper. Available in baby sizes 4 to 7 and kids’ sizes 7 to 12, Vroomz will retail from $40 to $46 beginning in January.

High Five
Vibram is bringing the barefoot running craze to kids. For spring ’11, the Italian firm will introduce a pint-size version of its popular FiveFingers KSO shoe. Available in European sizes 29 to 34, the kids’ KSO incorporates many of the same features as the adults’, including a thin, abrasion-resistant stretch nylon upper; hook-and-loop closures for a more secure fit; and a non-marking Vibram TC1 razor-siped rubber sole. Set to retail for $60, the shoe comes in both boys’ and girls’ colors.

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