Re: shoes for preschool age
I hate it when the kids come in the really thick soled tennies with the velcro. They are disproportionately bulky on the soles. The toddlers are forever tripping over them. If they make your child an inch taller, they are too thick.
I love the inexpensive shoes just as well as the stride rite. As long as the kids can move freely while wearing them, I don't care what they cost. (also have to be easy to put on)