Best of Boston

1998 Best Children's Shoes

Varese Shoes

This is the place for parents tired of chain stores and brands, logos, and swooshes. For more than 40 years, Mario Corsaro has been buying classic, supple leather Italian shoes for children. His staff is trained in the art of fitting small feet— they will not sell you a shoe that does not fit. Just don’t expect any sneakers with flashing lights.

285 Hanover St., Boston, 617-523-6530,