Payless ShoeSource is recalling 690,000 of its Children's Airwalk Compel Shoes, saying that plastic rivets used to attach the strap to the shoe can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
The Topeka-based company announced the voluntary recall Wednesday, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Payless' clog-style shoes, made in China, were sold from August through early April at Payless and Pamida stores nationwide and through Payless.com for about $13. The recall includes only Airwalk Compel clog shoes sold in prewalk sizes 3 through toddler size 10.
The flexible shoes - similar to those known as Crocs - have air ventilation holes on the top and side and plastic rivets with the Airwalk logo attached to the strap. Airwalk and the shoe size are printed on the sole of the shoe.
Payless said that it had received one report of a child who began to choke on a detached rivet. No injuries have been reported.
Payless said that consumers should take the shoes away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund or exchange.
For additional information, call Payless at (800) 654-0697 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.