As the mother of two active toddlers, I am very picky when it comes to my babies' footwear. Actually, for the first several months of life, I do not put shoes on my babies at all. Ever. If it's cold, 2 pairs of socks and some footie-pajamas does the trick just fine for me. Why don't I use shoes on smaller babies? Simple! I don't feel that confining baby feet to shoes they're not ready to walk in is ideal for their foot development.
Babies' feet are shaped differently than an adult's foot, and their shoes need special construction in order to preserve and encourage proper foot development. So in my mind, bare foot is best, as long as possible. Once a baby is standing and walking, that's an entirely different story, as shoes protect those tiny tootsies from the elements, sharp objects, ooey-gooey gum on the sidewalk, and any other hazards that come along with mobility.
However, something has recently changed the way I look at baby footwear. My son Xander is 19 months old now and needs to be wearing shoes whenever we are outside running around and in public when he'll be walking. So naturally, I wanted to find the best suited shoes for an active toddler that would allow his feet to breathe and would not hinder proper development. That's why I rely on pediped. Sure, they are plenty of childrens shoe manufacturers, but not many are committed to bringing adorable shoes that actually HELP with foot development as well!
What makes pediped a step above the rest? (No pun intended!) From its inception, pediped® has designed footwear to promote healthy foot development. Their mantra has always been comfort, quality and style, in that order. This is why pediped® shoes were among the first children’s footwear to be awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for promoting healthy foot development. You can rest assured that pediped® is a footwear company that cares about the health and well being of your child’s growing feet.
pediped® debuts its Fall/Winter 2012 Collection with an innovative line of athletic shoes featuring Ultra Light Technology™, a collection of waterproof cold weather boots and more than 80 new design offerings. Engineered for comfort and built for speed, pediped's new line of athletic footwear has an ultra lightweight of just five ounces (based on a size 27), flex grooves for maximum flexibility and are machine washable. The new line of waterproof cold weather boots, created as a result of customer demand, have a temperature rating of -20 degrees, self-cleaning soles and a waterproof exterior. The Fall Winter 2012 Collection also includes more than 80 new design offerings across pediped’s existing three lines: Originals®, Grip 'n' Go™ and Flex®. The new designs feature pediped’s signature comfortable fit along with a broadened range of colors and fabrics that includes navy, metallics, three-dimensional details and suede.
pediped offers three unique lines of shoes, each specifically tailored to different stages of your child's growth. Please note, these stages overlap to allow for a seamless transition between styles!
Originals: Ideal for ages newborn-2 years.
Grip n Go: Ideal for ages 9 months- 3 years.
Flex: Ideal for ages 1 year-7 years.
I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review one of pediped's new additions to the Fall/Winter 2012 line-up. We received a cute pair of Grip n Go-Christopher in navy to test on our little man! These shoes features fun stripes in orange, blue, white and green that add just the right amount of style. The colors are perfect for our family since we're Chicago Bears fans!
Here are some of the great features of the Grip n Go-Christopher:
Xander is quite obsessed with shoes right now. He always wants to wear them, and will even bring me Sophie's shoes and boots and beg me to put them on his feet. A little boy wearing pink, fluffly toddler Uggs is an interesting and slightly disturbing sight! Anyway, he was absolutely thrilled when his new, decidedly masculine shoes arrived.
Here he is modeling them. He looks pretty darn handsome, doesn't he?
It's always had to find boy's shoes and clothing that's truly adorable.I always have a much easier time finding things for my 2 and a half year old daughter. Perhaps the fashion industry really is geared more towards women and girls. With pediped, this isn't an issue at all! I absolutely love their boy's styles and am impressed by the variety.
Plus, pedipeds are kid-approved. Xander likes his shoes so much and was acting so happy and excited about them, I decided to take some video. Tell me these aren't the cutest shoes you've ever seen.
We loved pediped's new styles so much, I actually went and purchased a pair of the Flex-Venus Black/Azalea athletic shoes for Sophie. She is head over heels for them. She really liked the bright pink paired with black.These shoes totally fit her style and she wants to wear them ALL of the time. She even puts them on when she's in her night-gown or pajamas.
Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with pediped's line of products. I love that they cater to the ever-changing needs of growing feet and promote proper foot development with their thoughtful design. I also love the quality of these shoes. They are not flimsy or poorly constructed. These shoes are made to withstand the activities of even the messiest and most active of children. (Even my crazy babies!) And if those weren't enough reasons to pick up a pair (or 3) of pedipeds, just look at how stinking CUTE their designs are! From traditional to trendy, pediped offers something to cater to the tastes of all boys and girls! I can't wait to add more shoes to my pediped collection.
HOW TO CONNECT :
You can purchase pediped shoes on their website. Be sure to sign up for their exclusive newsletter while you're there!
You can also connect with pediped on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of their newest products and promotions!
WIN IT !
I am thrilled to announce that one lucky reader will receive a pair of pediped Originals, which come in sizes to fit babies 0-24 months. You get to choose the gender and size, but pediped will surprise you with the design. They're all adorable, so there's no way you'll be disappointed. How cool is that?!
Simply enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below!
This giveaway is open to US Residents 18+ until 11:59PM September 23 , 2012. No PO Boxes. Winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
***Disclosure: I received sample products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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