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Hot baby wear: Zutano Cozie Booties

Zutano After the holidays, they seemed to be on nearly every tiny foot dangling out of a Baby Bjorn  — scrunchy little fleece baby boots with a stay-put buttoned ankle strap.

The brand: Zutano. The style: Cozie Booties. The big deal? They're not only pragmatic (they keep socks firmly in place on all manner of chubby feet) and pediatrician-approved (because they're all-fabric, letting growing feet do their thing).

They're also super, duper stylish — a far cry from the faux tennis shoes, flowered flats and odd little leather hockey puck-esque slippers comprising the bulk of baby shoe offerings.

The super-soft boot, which comes in sizes suitable for newborns up to 12-month-olds, resembles a classic Eskimo moccasin boot, only in washable fleece instead of leather hides. The booties look cutest when worn on top of leggings or legging-tight pants.

"They started getting popular when the rain started here," said Carla Escobar, a staffer at The Pump Station baby store in Hollywood, which sells the shoes in various colors for $17.95 -- but has already sold out of several sizes online. "People like them because they clip on, so it's not like the baby can kick them off, like socks."

The fuzzy footies are also available at Amazon.com for between $15.95 and $17.95, depending on the color availability.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Zutano Cozie Booties in tangerine and black. Credit: The Pump Station

 

 
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