Honestly, I had no idea how hard it was to find decent shoes for the kid. It's easy to find cheap shoes, ugly shoes, expensive shoes, and ridiculous shoes, but decent, good-looking, not-exorbitant everyday shoes? Uh-uh.
You know, I'd better start over, because the whole point, of course, is that such shoes are easy to find if they're Morgan & Milo. The kid's on her
fourth pair of Morgan & Milo, and they couldn't be better. Except for her Muji mesh sneakers--which I know exactly where to get, it's just on the other side of the world--they're some of her best everyday shoes.
She has just the basics, suede, slightly Chuck Taylor-looking sneakers in a range of colors: chocolate, dark purple, red [OK, it should be called "slightly too red," but still], and now navy. Plus a pair of awesome black boots. We've scored Morgan & Milo for $20/pair at Nordstrom's Racks, but now that we know how well they perform, the full price--$35 to about $50 or so for the serious boots--doesn't seem unreasonable.
Morgan & Milo was started a couple of years ago by Mia Abbruzzese, a former product designer at Stride Rite, and I think she's really hit a sweet spot in the market. If anyone has a POV on these kicks, pro or con, definitely chime in.
Babystyle has Morgan & Milo sneakers for $36. [babystyle.com]
Also, Zappos.com has a bunch of other styles, and there's always a range of new Morgan & Milos on eBay, though size/selection always varies. But whaddya expect, dude, it's eBay.