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Gifts for April showers: Mommy's sole heir

April 11, 2011 |  7:02 am

It’s raining brides and babies! In celebration of all those April showers that seem to be taking our calendars by storm, we’ve rounded up some gift ideas to give now, or stock up on for events all spring long.

This little piggy went to market, scored some stylish mini mocs (just like Mommy’s, only smaller), and went “Wheeee!” all the way home. We like to think of these teeny-weeny suede moccasins as “training booties.”

Lesson One: Teach them at an early age to follow in Mom’s fashionable footsteps and go ga-ga for shoes. A stylish present for baby boys and girls, these unisex mocs come in multiple colors — we adore the new electric hues that are so in sync with the vibrant shades on spring/summer 2011 runways. One casually chic moc option for baby: Manimal’s precious fringed booties, lined in cozy fleece. Each pair is   Shoehand-crafted in a Brooklyn workshop, where every last scrap of leather is reused and recycled. They come in adult versions too. (Manimal handmade suede Fringe Baby Bootie with faux fleece lining, $45 at or call [323] 330-9355.)

And then there are the adorable miniature version of TOD’s famous driving shoes. True to company tradition, they are hand-stitched in Italy and feature the signature rubber pebbles on the bottom.
(TOD’s Suede Baby Loafers, $145 at the Beverly Hills boutique. To order, call 310-285-0591).

-- Ingrid Schmidt

Photos, from top: Manimal fringed booties/Manimal; TOD's Baby Loafer/TOD's.

Coming Tuesday: In love with Lanvin