In Olivia's extensive shoe collection, I have come across many shoes that I like and some that were put back in the box to return quicker than you can say Tsukihoshi. From the advice of a friend (credit to DBA), I found Tsukihoshi. It is a Japanese brand of kids' shoes and I found it locally at Jay's Shoe Box in Marlboro, NJ.
So what is so great about these Tsuki's? What sold me is their lightweight feeling and the fact that they are machine washable. They have microbacterial insoles and one of the styles I got Liv (01 - above) has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for promoting healthy foot development. The velcro closure makes it easy for you and for them to get them on and off. If you check out their website, www.tsukihoshi.com and click on the tabs, you can see what makes these sneakers so great for kids. I don't love the styles as much as Puma or Converse* but check out the cute styles I got for Liv (style 10 below).
They run from around the $40 to $60 range and can be found online at Zappos, Piperlime, Shoes.com, and more.
As you are getting your little one ready for preschool or daycare this fall, consider a pair Tsukihoshi's. You can wash them when their art project ends up on the floor (and their outfit) and feel secure that your little fashionista is not only in style but also running around in shoes that are good for their little feet!!
*Moonstar, the parent company of Tsukihoshi, gets credit for Converse's success - Liv has one pair of Chuck Taylor's every season!