My main focus has been shoes for the kids. As a mom, I want my kids to have footwear that is not only stylish and vibrant, but also made specifically for little feet.
You see, children's feet are not at all the same as adult feet. Their feet are not yet fully developed, so they require different arch support and more stability than adult shoes. This is so important for proper development and the right shoes during childhood can help to prevent foot problems later on in life. Unfortunately, not all footwear manufacturers consider this when designing their children's shoes.
That's why I was so excited to learn about the children's footwear from TSUKIHOSHI. This Japanese company has been in the business of providing parents with shoes for their kids that are not only fun, but designed specifically for growing feet.
Why Choose TSUKIHOSHI ?
First, TSUKIHOSHI shoes have balanced landing. Children's feet may tend to over-pronate (land on the arch side) when walking. As a result, children need more stability in their shoes. TSUKIHOSHI shoes provide solid half sock board and a solid heel counter help to provide this stability in the heel area.
These shoes also provide excellent arch support. Like many parts of a child’s foot, the arch of a child's foot is not yet fully formed. The ''Molded Cup Insole'' is designed for children's arches while helping to neutralize foot odor. (I don't know about you, but I definitely appreciate less stink in my kids' shoes!)
TSUKIHOSHI shoes are also very light and flexible. Children's feet can not bend and kick forward well because they are not yet fully developed. Their latest innovation, a "Flex-Joint Outsole" helps to allow children's feet to bend along the line from the joint of the big toe to that of the little toe.
Other awesome things about TSUKIHOSHI include the fact that these shoes have antibacterial soles, are very easy to take on and off, and are machine washable. Pretty cool, right? They also come in TONS of fun designs that are very colorful and fashion forward.
My Review :
Xander received the Wheel design in navy. These shoes are absolutely adorable, and have orange detailing. (This is perfect, since they're the colors of our favorite football team. Go Bears!) I immediately noticed that these shoes are in fact extremely lightweight and flexible. They are also durable and very well made, with no loose threads or crooked stitching. They also have a wide, easy to secure velcro closure that my 2 year old is able to open and close, all by himself!
Take a look!
Like Xander's shoes, this pair featured the same quality workmanship that TSUKIHOSHI is known for worldwide.
How stinking cute are these?!
One of the things I like the most about these shoes is that my toddlers are able to put them on and take them off independently. This not only saves me from having to struggle to get shoes on squirming, restless children, it also helps them build confidence and pride. Not all shoes are so easy for little people to handle!
The shoes are obviously also very comfortable. My kids were able to run, climb, and play without having to readjust their shoes at all, and there were no complaints of pinched toes or blistered heels.
Here are some photos of my kiddos enjoying their brand new TSUKIHOSHI shoes!
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***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***