Athletic Shoes (credit: Randy Yagi)Buying kids shoes is never an easy task. Most kids outgrow their shoes in short order and that makes the money spent on kids shoes a little more concerning. It is also important to understand that national chains like Foot Locker and Athlete’s Foot cater to people who don’t mind paying a lot for the limited time that their kids are growing out of their shoes. With that in mind, the DFW area has some great choices for kids shoes, including some shoe stores unique to the Texas market. Here is a look at the best places to buy kids shoes in the DFW area.
Luke’s Locker
3046 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 528-1290

Luke’s Locker started up over 35 years ago as a Texas-based family owned business. The store specializes in running shoes and has a dedicated staff who are able to fit a person to the perfect pair of shoes based on their walking and running styles. While they specialize in men’s and women’s running shoes, they also carry some nice kid’s shoes as well from companies like Nike and Mizuna. Luke’s Locker now has stores all around the DFW area, as well as in Houston, Austin, Plano and more.

Whole Earth Provision Co.
5400 E Mockingbird Lane, Suite 110
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-7444

Whole Earth Provision Co. is a Dallas-based clothing company that is active in preserving the environment through green products. They also work hard to provide clothing and shoes for the entire family, with a nice selection of kid’s shoes. Whole Earth Provision Co. has operated their business in Texas for over 40 years now and has stores located in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Southlake. Not only do they sell great kid’s shoes, but volunteers from the stores also work to teach outdoor education classes to children and teens in their spare times to help up the rivers and parks.

Stride Rite Bootery
6129 Luther Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 373-1182

When it comes to shopping at a store that just focuses on kids, Stride Rite is a great one-stop shop. The store started business in 1919 as a quality shoe manufacturer and had sold over 50 million kids shoes by 1958. In 2015, Stride Rite started a rebrand for a new generation of kids. While a lot of kids shoe stores focuses on school aged kids, Stride Rite Bootery has shoes from babies and toddlers up to teens and more. There are actually four locations around Dallas alone.

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5301 Belt Line Road
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 386-9126

DSW advertises that they set out to provide consumers with the best shopping experience possible. They have just about any level of shoes possible, from high-end sneakers and dress shoes to more reasonably priced shoes of all sorts. They also offer a huge selection of kids shoes, with even more available online through their official website. For kids, they offer uniform shoes, back-to-school shoes, sneakers, athletic, sandals, dress shoes, boots and more. They have both boy’s and girl’s shoes, ranging from infant size one shoes up to youth sizes as well. There are six DSW stores in the DFW area alone.

The Family Place Resale Shop
11722 Marsh Lane, Suite 354
Dallas, TX 75229
(214) 358-0381

First of all, this is a place to buy used products of all sorts. It is also a great place to find kids shoes, and since most kids outgrow their shoes quickly, there are normally good options to choose from in good shape. However, what people should understand when choosing this as a source of kids shoes is what the real mission of The Family Place is. The mission of The Family Place is to provide victims of family violence safe housing and counseling. The resale shop is one of the ways that they raise money to fund these programs. Not only can a family get some great new shoes for the kids, but they are helping others in need as well while doing so.

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Shawn S. Lealos is a freelance writer who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He writes for a variety of national publications and has over 15 years of sports journalism experience. Follow Shawn on Twitter @sslealos.