The kids’ market is taking a walk on the wild side.
While cats are the most popular motif — Charlotte Olympia helped spark the feline fad with her super-popular Kitty flats — brands offer a range of critters and creatures for both girls and boys.
San Francisco-based Livie & Luca turned up the charm on a pair of classic red Mary Jane shoes with an adorable bunny design complete with 3D ears, while Robeez brings a glasses-wearing bear to life on a canvas sneaker.
Sophia Webster’s flight-of-fancy Chiari baby shoe makes a dramatic statement with colorful, shimmery butterfly wings on the heel.
British designer Stella McCartney, who launched her eponymous children’s collection this year, offers a whimsical take on the Western boot, detailed with a horse appliqué and fringe trim. Gucci, meanwhile, got foxy, adding plush faux-fur accents and a pom-pom nose to a sleek, pointy-toe ballet flat.
Guaranteed to turn heads, Feiyue’s Delta Mid sneaker boasts an oversized tongue depicting with a colorful koala-bear face. The brand also has styles with gorilla, zebra and giraffe themes.
Check out our complete menagerie of animal-inspired shoes by clicking through the gallery.