We love the Stride Rite Phibian shoe. It’s perfect for back to school and the beach. Thanks to Stride Rite for sponsoring this post.
Oh yes! Kayla is not the only one who went back to school this year. She was recently joined by a pint sized Blake who is making his mark on the two’s class at the same preschool she went to. It’s wild to think that he was just a BABY and now he’s a little person insisting he wear a backpack each morning though he doesn’t actually need one. Hold me.
Blake is all about being a big boy and between having moments of extreme denial I’m all about finding the right gear to give him a dose of independence along with style and functionality. Everywhere we’ve gone for the last few weeks people ask me about his orange shoes.
They’re the Phibian shoes from Stride Rite which are part of their Made 2 Play collection. I’m a long time fan of the Made 2 Play collection because everything in it is machine washable and built with energetic, mess prone children in mind. As if there were any other kind…
Blake’s Phibian shoes slip on his chubby little feet easily and stay on thanks to the velcro strap. He takes much pride in closing them himself and I love the little mesh panels at the front and back for comfort and breathability. But he best part is that they’re not just great for school.
They’re also great for the school of life. And here in San Diego, that’s often the beach. We recently took a family hike through a nice local trail that includes a long walk on the beach through rocky patches. So Kayla and Blake needed shoes that provided traction and comfort but were also sand and water friendly.
That’s right. The Phibian comes in little and big kid sizes so you can coordinate siblings and do one stop shopping. There are a variety of colors available including brand new ones like Kayla’s purple and Blake’s orange ones. When the weather cools down you can just add socks and wear them nearly year round if you live in a climate like ours. Since they are close toed they meet Kayla’s school dress code. Which means I never have to worry about whether she has the right shoes on while she picks out her own outfits. A task I am banned from now that she’s seven.
We hiked. We chased one another. We explored. We stopped to check out a baby stingray that had washed ashore the night before. I got to teach the circle of life lesson without it being a family pet (phew!) And Kayla who is an animal lover and all the feels kind of kid wanted to build a rock memorial for said baby stingray. So she did…
Meanwhile Blake watched the waves, marveled at the seagulls and of course like any good toddler, attempted to dig his way home.
Then these little siblings took a few minutes to chat while enjoying the view. Which made my heart melt. Until about five minutes later when they started torturing one another again, returning Craig and I to our two child reality.
We dumped the sand out of our shoes before heading home, gave those Phibians a quick bath in the sink and they were ready the next morning for school, just like Mr. Blake. Now, if you have any suggestions on how to freeze time and keep him this size please let me know. Signed, mother in pure denial.