Re: shoes for preschool age
My kids wore soft soled shoes until they hit 3. After that the soft soles get hard to find and they have to move to "big kid shoes" though there are a couple of brands that still make them (bambino and shoes zoo make affordable leather sole shoes up to 7-8 year sizes). Kearnan wears converse just like I do. They are comfortable, reasonably priced and hold up well. They also come in a nice variety of colors and styles. We love converse. Tharen however cannot wear converse because he has very wide feet. He wears DC or Osiris sneakers as they are the only brands that fit.