Luke, I am your father
Stride Rite has gone retro just in time for the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Though it’s been making Star Wars shoes for kids since the 1980s, its new Star Wars Skywalker sneakers are Star Wars fanatic AND Luke Skywalker worthy. (Stride Rite has a limited edition adult sneaker, Luke I am your Father, that matches, $100.) $45.
The super cute, lightweight Butler Boot, created by a dad of four boys, easily slips over kids’ shoes to keep them nice and dry this winter. But if you want to ramp up the style and make the boot four seasons, get the Emperor Supreme, which has a machine-washable pillow-soft liner that feels more like a slipper than a boot. The boots are made in neighboring Indiana where the Studebaker was once made. $60.
Mom problem solver
Canadians know cold winters. So you know winter boots designed by a Canadian mom who couldn’t find boots warm enough for her kids must be great. Stonz keeps kids’ piggies toasty up to 58 degrees below zero in its lightweight Winter Bootz, which features a slip resistant sole, a nylon upper that tightens to keep out snow, and a removable liner. $59.99-$67.99, also available at Nordstrom.
A Chicago girl knows
Until now, you were probably like us, pulling on socks over your tights to keep your toes warm. That’s why we found genius behind the new Bootights, created by Shelby Mason. Think cushy socks plus tights and you have pretty legwear for moms as they work their boots this winter. They are a bit hard to get on, so check sizing carefully before ordering. $28-$42.