When Zackary was a baby, he never really wore socks or shoes. He was always happy to run around the house barefoot and when I occasionally tried to put footwear on him, he would immediately try to pull it off again. I thought, at the time, that he just didn’t care for the feel of something on his feet. But after witnessing how much my youngest son loves Pediped footwear, I am starting to wonder if maybe I just needed better shoes.
Pediped shoes are designed to be the next best thing to going barefoot for ensuring that young feet develop properly. These soft leather shoes looked so comfortable and came in such adorable styles that I really wanted to see if Benjamin would take to them. I was thrilled when I got the chance to test out a pair of Pediped shoes for myself.
I received the light brown Jake shoes in a size L (18-24 months) to review. I loved the tan colour of the shoes, and the foam cushion padding on the soles felt so comfortable. I showed the shoes to Benjamin and he grabbed them in delight. He let me put them on his feet without any complaint and then happily stood up and started marching around the house in his new shoes.
The shoes were incredibly easy to put on my baby, thanks to the handy Velcro closure, and the workmanship on these tiny shoes is just superb. Benjamin has worn them at least once a day for the last month since he received them, and the shoes still look like new and aren’t showing any signs of the abuse he sometimes puts them through.
Benjamin adores his shoes so much that at random times he will carry them over to me, drop them at my feet and point purposefully at his toes while babbling nonsense words forcefully. Until I comply by putting on his shoes, he gets more and more agitated and if I happen to be doing something else that prevents me from helping him quickly enough, he will actually start to cry and fuss because I haven’t put on his new shoes!
Pediped footwear features hand stitching for great ventilation, extra cushion for ankle protection and durable, non-toxic leather. I loved the fact that the shoes were so comfortable for my baby the very first time he put them on, and the soft, breathable leather means that they feel great on his feet even when he wears them without socks. The only thing I wish I could change about these shoes is the amount of grip they have. They aren’t incredibly slippery, but they are slicker than footwear with rubber soles and though they are fine for almost all surfaces, I sometimes worry about Benjamin slipping when he wears them on our laminate floors.
Pediped has tons of great new choices for spring this year, including a Spring/Summer line with adorable summery styles and the brand new Adventure Collection of water-safe shoes that are machine washable so the most active outdoor children can benefit from the comfort and durability of Pediped without ruining their shoes. The company has even started a charity called the Pediped Foundation, which helps support, the health, safety and well being of children. If you want to keep up with all the newest events from Pediped, liking the Pediped Facebook page is a great way to ensure that you’re the first to know what’s new at Pediped.
I think footwear for babies and toddlers is one of the most adorable things in the world, so I am so glad that one of my children has found footwear that he loves. Benjamin has gotten so many compliments on his new shoes from others, and I can’t help but beam when I hear someone commenting on his adorable Pediped footwear. Of course, knowing that they are also the best choice for his little feet makes my enjoyment even greater! If you want to ensure that your baby has shoes that are comfortable, durable and appropriate for early foot development, check out Pediped’s assortment of stylish footwear for yourself!
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