April 7, 2008

Sole Trader

Livie & Luca Shoes

the pitter-patter of little feet!

Fed, dressed, and out the door in under an hour? You’ve got to be kidding.

These days there’s always a diaper to change or a sippy cup gone AWOL.

Shorten the ordeal with Livie & Luca. The easy-on shoes come in lots of styles, like neo-preppy cobalt mocs with red stitching, two-strap sandals with toe guards in raspberry or buttery yellow, or brown T-straps with elephant trunks.

Super flexy soles, soft leather uppers, and velcro closures tell you these shoes were designed by a mama in the know (company cofounder Mitzi Rivas). And not just for kicks: They’re sweatshop free and crafted from salvaged leather and nontoxic glues, and 10 percent of online profits goes to charity.

And that’s no joke.

Available at Crackerjacks, 14 Glen Avenue, near Piedmont Avenue, Oakland (510-654-8844 or crackerjackskids.com); Fiddlesticks, 508 Hayes Street, between Octavia and Laguna Streets (415-565-0508 or shopfiddlesticks.com); online at livieandluca.com.