I am a shoe snob. Not about my own shoes, mind you. Most of my shoes come from Target or Payless but about my kids' shoes. While dressing little boys is more fun then I had imagined it would be, I still don't get to play with a lot of accessories. There are no bow boards in my house, no adorable little tights or necklaces.
Boys have shoes.
And if that's all I've got to work with you best believe they are going to be cute. I have pretty exacting standards. No characters or flashing lights (except for the one pair of flashing Spiderman tennis shoes that Griffin OF COURSE won't take off...there's a lesson here somewhere). I prefer leather and I want something that is comfortable, durable, and easy to take on and off.
When pediped sent me a pair of the Flex Flipper in navy for Griffin to try out, I was immediately impressed. First, I'm not going to lie. I just liked the way they look. I love the no sock loafer look on little boys and these had an adorable nautical style. Plus, I find navy to be the most versitile color, especially in the summer.
I was also particularly impressed with the Flex system. Flex shoes come with an additional insole you can slide in for better fit and extended wear. Griffin has recently been in a bit of an in between size so the insoles were perfect. Considering we have had unseasonably warm weather recently, they've also been holding up really well to lots of outside play.
pediped also sent me a pair of the Originals Jones in green for Amos. I absolutely love these shoes. They remind me of frogs. Once I put them on him, Amos immediately pulled his feet up into his mouth, which I think is as close as you get to his stamp of approval. He's not walking yet but doing some definite cruising and he seemed to be very comfortable in the shoes while doing so.
Like Sarah Stewart Holland, I also appreciate when form meets function in a shoe for my Little Dude. Here in California, we spend our weekends riding bikes at the beach, skipping along the wooden Santa Monica Pier, and playing in the sand. So I've been searching for a versatile shoe that is suited for all these activities and I found it in the pediped Flex Delmar, which the company sent me to try out.
The Delmar is what I call an amphibious tennis shoe—one that is perfect for land and water—because its flexible but substantial sole provides the foot support and traction my son needs for playing sports, pedaling his trike, climbing jungle gyms, running across hot sand, investigating tide pools, and splashing in the waves of the Pacific. The smooth material is comfortable on his bare feet when it's both wet and dry and doesn't cause any irritation to his skin, perhaps because it's made out of eco-friendly materials or maybe because the velcro closure allows us to better control the fit. I like that my son can manage to independtly put on the shoes, I find the on-trend grey/orange color scheme appealing (you know we're big fans of this combo here at S&N), and I love that I can toss them in the washing machine when it's all said and done.
pediped footwear Giveaway
This giveaway is now closed.
Congrats to Emily (comment #23), who was chosen at random as the winner!
pediped is going to give one Salt & Nectar reader a pair of shoes.
To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you look for most when shopping for kids' shoes.
As always, we will use Random.org to select a winner. The contest will run from today until next Friday, April 27th at 12PM PST.
No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received (duplicate entries will be deleted and only one will be counted). This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older only.
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Neither Sarahs nor Salt & Nectar were paid for this review. It is our own opinion based on our use of the shoes, which were supplied by pediped for the purpose of an experiential review.
~ The Sarahs