I'm Kimberly (Kim) Schoon and I own the children's shoe store in Decatur, One Step at a Time KIDS.
Like many of you, I'm a mother. Like many over 40, we struggled with infertility. Evie is our miracle baby- 3 rounds of IVF, several miscarriages, and the sole survivor of a triplet pregnancy. I'm a molecular biologist/bioinformatician/clinical trials by education and experience (worked at Emory, CDC, and Quintiles), but quickly realized that I could not work the long hours required of my career AND still have enough left to be a good mother and wife. My husband also works long hours in a demanding job without much flexibility. Something had to give. We live in Decatur and I was looking for an opportunity close to home with a more family-friendly atmosphere.
Our daughter was 8 mo at the time and was starting to pull up. I could not find any children's shoes around here unless I drove into Buckhead, up to Perimeter Mall, or ordered from Zappos or Amazon. And so, One Step at a Time KIDS was born on May 1, 2015. We started out in a shared space of only 500 sq ft, then moved into our own space of 1100 sq ft in 2017. Like the children we service, we had a growth spurt, and so in February 2020- we moved into a 3000 sq ft space located at 115 Clairemont Ave.
Between the store moves, we had our second child. Jack Preston (JP) was born at 30 weeks. He spent months in the NICU and is still a special needs child. Some of you may have already met one or both of our children, as I frequently bring them with me. The arrangement is not perfect, but it allows me to spend more time with my children than other options.
We carry quality everyday children's shoes (infant, first walkers, toddlers, youth) as well as Stride Rite socks, rain boots, raincoats, and bookbags. Some of the brands carried are Tsukihoshi, Pediped, Plae, Robeez, See Kai Run, Native, Livie & Luca, Western Chief, Kid Express, Rachel Shoes, Teva, Hatley, and Sun San Saltwater Sandals. We offer free sizing, expert fitting advice based on your child's unique foot, and welcome special orders. At this time, we are brick and mortar only (no online ordering).
We hope that your will enjoy your experience at One Step at a Time KIDS. We have a great play area for the kids, are environmentally friendly in our business practices, and support your local schools fundraisers. Please support local small business!