Step by Step now dresses children from head to toe

By Nancy Eagleton

Debbie Diaz carries the best of the best in children’s fashion at her store, Step by Step, located in the Bird Road Warehouse Shopping District.

Step by Step, Miami’s premiere children’s shoe store, has grown by leaps and bounds. The award-winning store that has offered personalized service and the most fashionable trends in children’s footwear for more than 14 years, now offers the latest in stylish clothing and accessories for infants through “tweens.”
The new, chic Step by Step location, which features vibrant colors and elegant chandeliers, opened on June 1 and is just a few steps away across the parking lot from its original location on SW 72nd Avenue in the Bird Road Warehouse Shopping District.
Step by Step, owned by Debbie Diaz, always has carried the best footwear from American and European designers. In its new location, Diaz has expanded her shoe and athletic shoe offering and has become a one-stop shopping destination for “fashionista” infants, girls and boys.
“Besides all of the most popular shoe brands, we now carry designer T-shirts, skirts, shorts, tote bags, jewelry and great hair accessories,” Diaz said. “For infants, we carry everything from clothing to shoes to burp cloths. We’re proud to feature top name brands from the companies you’ve come to know and trust.”
Diaz went on several buying trips over the past year to handpick her unique clothing selections. As a result, she is proud to introduce Penelope Wildberry, a hip, hand-painted clothing line from Los Angeles for girls ages 2-10. Diaz also has a line of baby products from Australia that she said is “very special and unique and no one else will have.”
“I attended shows away from this area — in New York, Atlanta and Las Vegas — so I could select merchandise that is exclusive to the Miami area,” Diaz said. “I’ve scheduled deliveries so that new merchandise will be arriving every week.”
Step by Step has won several awards from South Florida Parenting magazine over the years for having the best shoe selection and best customer service, and Diaz said that attention to detail will continue.
“We’ve always been known as quality fit experts when it comes to children’s shoes,” she explained. “Customer service is extremely important. We place special orders for our clients and we ship to clients all over the U.S.”
Step by Step is gearing up for “back-to-school” shopping. The store continues to be the “official shoe store” for school uniform shoes for students who attend several of the parochial schools in Miami.
“We’ll have great selections for back to school fashions, including shoes, totes and messenger bags,” Diaz said.
Diaz has lived in Miami for 38 years and attended Gulliver Preparatory, where her daughter, Kaitlin, now is a junior. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Tony, for 21 years.
Diaz is a breast cancer survivor, so events that raise money and awareness are near and dear to her heart. Her compassion also extends to CHARLEE House and the Battered Women’s and Children’s organization, and she recently donated over 250 pairs of shoes to the children in Haiti.
Step by Step is located at 4796 SW 72 Ave. in the Bird Road Warehouse Shopping District and is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 305-665-8040 or visit online at www.stepbystepmiami.com.


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