Christening Shoes for Today’s Stylish Babies

On the heels of the royal christening of Britain’s Princess Charlotte, Footwear News offers a few elegant footwear options that give every child a chance to feel like a prince or princess on their special day — or at least look like one for their parents’ enjoyment.

Christening shoes and gowns often become keepsakes, passed down to successive generations, so classic styles are typically the best option. And their often reasonable price points make them ideal for gift-giving.

For girls, it’s all about satin, lace and sparkle for their public debut. Timeless silhouettes include Mary Janes and ballet flat-inspired looks that delicately tie up with satin or organza ribbons. While white is far and away the No. 1 color choice, there are also ivory options available to lend a vintage touch. And for those who want to step out of the box, there are even styles in soft pink.

Christening Day could well be one of the last times boys can be coaxed into something other than sneakers, so go to town! The range of traditional looks available include oxfords in leather or fabric as well as lace-up and easy on, easy-off looks that are fastened with Velcro.

For a more personal touch, you can even have the tiny shoes monogrammed.

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