34While you’re running around looking for stocking stuffers, don’t forget about the shoes your little ones stuff their stockings into! When it’s time for a fresh pair of kicks, we suggest you check out Sweet Shoes, a Santa Cruz-based kids’ shoe company that specializes in that easy, beachy look. Think vintage canvas slip-ons with punky skulls, tubular waves, or stellar planet designs. And for a girlier look, there are metallic Mary Janes in every shade, along with hot pink sneakers and adorable fuzzy boots. Almost a year and a half old, the company was created by Mandi Dana-Panzer, a Santa Cruz mom of three who drew upon her experience working in the shoe biz to come up with these funky, cool designs. Now, if she would only make them in grown-up sizes!

SweetShoes can be snapped up at Milk (Business Closed) on College Ave. (5833 College Ave, Oakland, or on the websites, www.spunkysprout.com or www.kitsel.com

www.sweetshooz.com