I get at least one pair of shoes a season for my daughter at Stride Rite, and have since she was walking. I have found that they have the best soles for new walkers. Even at age 3, she is still clumsy, and Stride Rite's are the only shoes she doesn't seem to trip over the toes in. Their Natural Motion system is great and flexible, and their styles are so cute. I love their sporty mary janes, good for playing or dresses. The Penn Square store is very friendly and helpful, and good about exchanges and returns.