I know all the "proper shoe" people aren't going to agree, but I don't think Stride Rite is worth the prices. Well, if your child doesn't have arch issues or anything, that is. My children don't, and they do fine in less expensive shoes. I found the Stride Rites to be stiff, and they hated wearing them. Not to mention that it sucks a lot more when your kids scuff up a $40 pair of tennis shoes the day after you get them, then it does when it's a $10 pair.
The store itself is nice, the salespeople are pushy though. I do like their sandals but that's about it!