By Michele Silver
When Little Shoebox decided to shutter its doors after 25 years, families with young children were terribly sad—and they really did not want to venture to the malls to get footwear. Thankfully, Sweet Soles has filled the void.
Owner and Montclair native Christina Papasso actually wound up enlisting the help of Little Shoebox owner Elaine Sinisi. Her shop sells many of the popular footwear, boots and slippers for sizes infant 4 (first walkers) through 4.5/5 for big kids and accessories that Sinisi carried. For dressier looks for little girls, there’s Naturino, Nina’s, Kenneth Cole and Steve Madden in addition to fun and funky sneakers from Vans and Tsukihoshi. Boys can choose from Saucony, plae, See Kai Run and Sperry. There’s a solid collection of fashion boots, including a new supplier, Lyard, as well as rain jackets and umbrellas.
Manager Gabby Lanflisi, who was waiting patiently on a little boy with his dad, has been in retail for many years in addition to having lots of experience with children; helping to raise her two younger siblings gave her a great foundation. “I really just love kids,” she said. Together, we watched the little boy, in his new kicks, leave the store as a happy customer.
Sweet Soles Children’s Footwear & Accessories
225 Bellevue Ave.
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
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