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{Featured Friday Review & Giveaway} pediped footwear

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.  

To learn more about or purchase pediped footwear, visit its Web site, "like" it on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter. Moms, you also can become a pediped insider today by visiting its Web site for news of special promotions, new product introductions, and more!

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

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Reader Comments (28)

Oh shoes, I look for comfortable, durable shoes that are cute ;)

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKellie Cowan

Durability, comfort and style :)

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney Gordanier

I look for classic styles, flexibility and ease of wear. Rex loves being barefoot, so I try to make his shoes a treat. We love Toms, crocs, angels and stride rite. I love being a mommy to a little boy. What a privilege.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Johnston

My top priority is Velcro! We are always in a hurry and I don't have time for laces! Cuteness and Comfort come second!

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBridget Leet

I look for something easy to get on and off and give good support to those tiny precious tootsies!

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Joyce

Trendy, yet comfortable and easy to get on/off!

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy Bohanon

Pediatrician's recommendation!!!! After that, style

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke t

Baby H's holiday shoes were sent to us from Pediped, I am so sad they don't fit him anymore! I need to check out the more casual styles they look very cute.

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter@kristrange

I look for shoes that are supported by podiatrists!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin B.

I look for shoes that are flexible and lightweight. I want my little guy to feel as close to barefoot as possible.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacey H

I look for durability and comfort.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Robinson

I look for shoes that are cute, comfortable and easy for me to put on but hard for her to kick off :)

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I look cute, but supportive.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVonni D

I look for shoes that are comfortable on their little feet, supportive, and made of good quality!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBronwyn S

I look for support, high-quality and cuteness.

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie D

Durability, ease of cleaning, comfort, and finally style!

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I look for something that is comfortabe. My son, Sebastian does not like to keep shoes on so something with velcro usually works easier and is much faster. Because feet problems run in our family I look for something that has good support. I look for good quality, durable and of course something stylish; while he runs a million miles a hour!

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlauren f

I also look for shoes that can take a beating. If they are cute, it's a bonus.

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

First, I look for fit. Claire has a narrow foot, and needs more support in her ankles than most kiddos do. Then, they have to be ADORABLE!

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSARA

I look for soft soles (in wee ones), comfort, durability, and the ability to hide dirt! I am not a fan of white shoes for everyday, lol.

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Well, I haven't had to shop for shoes yet but I'm planning to look for durability and comfort!

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I look for Velcro!

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

While I've not yet looked for kid's shoes, I would imagine comfort would be top on the list. I remember, as a kid, not really taking a lot of time take shoes on/off, so velcro seems to be pretty important as well.

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I look for durability and Velcro for my girls.

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim S

I look for a high quality shoe that will stand-up to being worn outside and a shoe that has good traction and comfort!


April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley C

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