Kids’ Character Shoes Are Hotter Than Ever — Here Are 9 Pieces of Proof

Characters have never been cooler, especially in the kids’ shoe business.

From classic books to blockbuster movies, the entertainment world’s most famous faces continue to front some of footwear’s buzziest collaborations. Here are a few standouts.

Hunter x Peppa Pig

Two British favorites united to “celebrate the joy of muddy puddles” with rainboots and umbrellas featuring the precocious Peppa and her brother, George. The partnership, launched in July, coincided with the release of a two-episode TV special chronicling the porcine siblings’ first visit to a music festival (after all, festivals are a regular stomping ground for Hunter).

Clarks x Lion King

In celebration of the live-action remake of the Disney animated classic, Clarks took its Roamer toddler shoe for a walk on the wild side. Simple details such as an earthy yellow suede upper and a lion-silhouette print give the rugged style a cool, safari-inspired vibe.

Clarks Lion King Collaboration
Clarks x Lion King toddler shoe.
CREDIT: Clarks

Teva x The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The outdoor brand brought to life Eric Carle’s beloved book — a bedtime favorite for millions of kids since its debut 50 years ago — on an adorable capsule of shoes. The adventure-ready styles included a sandal and an easy-on moc, decorated with Carle’s signature bold colors and collage-style illustrations.

Teva The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Teva x The Very Hungry Caterpillar shoe for kids.

Vans x Harry Potter

Vans cast a spell over the internet with the surprise unveiling in June of a Harry Potter collaboration for kids and adults. In addition to sneakers honoring the four Hogwarts houses, there are must-have styles inspired by the Marauder’s Map, the Golden Snitch and other wizardly themes.

Vans Harry Potter Sneaker
Vans x Harry Potter sneaker inspired by the Golden Snitch.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon

Native x Sanrio

After 45 years, Hello Kitty is still as fashionable as ever. She also remains a star for countless collaborations — most recently a capsule of sandals and slip-on shoes from Native. Her Sanrio sidekicks, Badtz-Maru, Keroppi and My Melody, also make a cameo.

Native Sanrio Hello Kitty Sandal
Native x Sanrio sandal featuring Hello Kitty print.
CREDIT: Native

Freshly Picked x Star Wars

For its latest Disney baby collaboration, unveiled last month, Freshly Picked takes its fans to a galaxy far, far away with a 34-style “Star Wars” collection. The Utah brand brings its wonderfully whimsical approach to iconic characters such as Princess Leia, Yoda and R2-D2.

Freshly Picked Star Wars Baby Shoes
Freshly Picked x Star Wars shoes for babies.
CREDIT: Freshly Picked

Nike x SpongeBob SquarePants

Serving up some major ’90s nostalgia, Nike put a SpongeBob spin on its popular Kyrie 5 basketball kicks. Unveiled in August — and quickly snapped up — the limited-edition collab included two kids’ styles, one a perfectly imagined take on the lovable sea sponge himself and the other inspired by his best pal, Patrick.

Nike SpongeBob SquarePants Sneakers
Nike x SpongeBob SquarePants sneakers.

Adidas x Toy Story 4

After a nearly 10-year wait, Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the “Toy Story” gang returned to the big screen for a brand new adventure. Several footwear labels celebrated the occasion with special collections, among them Adidas, which took a subtler, more abstract approach with colors and details inspired by the toys.

Adidas Toy Story 4 Sneaker
Adidas x Toy Story 4 sneaker.
CREDIT: Adidas

Toms x Sesame Street

Joining a yearlong celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking children’s TV series, Toms put a unique twist on the street’s quirky Muppet residents. Its lighthearted take even included fun tactile elements such as faux feathers for Big Bird and fuzzy eyebrows for Bert.

Toms Sesame Street shoes
Toms x Sesame Street shoes featuring Bert and Ernie.

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