Wondering how to pick shoes for your toddler? Need to know what to look for in toddler shoes? I’m talking all about the Stride Rite Burrell boot. Thanks to Stride Rite for sponsoring this post.
I don’t know how we got here, but it’s fall. Again. That whole saying “the days are long but the years are short” sure does seem to ring true. Somewhere between the basket of gourds and the display of pumpkin bread in the grocery store it dawned on me that while I’d been embracing every last second of summer I had some mom chores to do for fall.
You know, like making sure Blake and Kayla have clothes. And coats. Oh and shoes! It’s always the shoes that get me. Just when I think I deserve my gold star for remembering to buy winter coats while it’s still 80 degrees in San Diego I realize I’ve forgotten the shoes.
Of course all the cute styles will be gone before the first real cold streak hits. This is your reminder moms living in warm weather climates. Go grab those coats and boots before they’re gone!
I remember with Kayla I had a hard time figuring out which shoes were right. This time around with Blake, I’m still learning (aren’t we all!) but for the most part I know what to look for. First things first, I want style. Yes, looks count!
I fell in love with the little lumberjack look of these Burrell boots from Stride Rite. They’ve got ruggedly handsome style but are secretly full of features that I as a second time mom now know we need in a toddler shoe. These boots were MADE for walking. Literally.
First, they open up wide to make putting them on and taking them off a breeze. Putting shoes on a flailing toddler before 7am is not for the faint hearted. When you open them up you’ll see that they have memory foam in the soles.
Yes, you read that correctly. They have memory foam. I know because I poked my fingers around in disbelief and then called Craig over to do the same. We’re both incredibly jealous of Blake’s shoes. Also, to the maker of my $250 mom flats that have no such memory foam – I’ve got questions.
Stride Rite’s soft motion shoes like these Burrell boots also have secure velcro closures to keep them on. They’re flexible, so your child can move naturally while wearing them instead of like a little Frankenstein (though how seasonally appropriate!) And they have rounded soles. Hmmm. Why rounded soles?
Well, they actually help improve balance as your toddler learns to walk on different kinds of terrain.
From navigating the literal and figurative paths ahead to mastering a cup without a lid (still very much a work in progress over here!) this little guy has a lot to learn this fall.
And of course that includes how to pick the perfect tiny pumpkin to make the season official.
If you find yourself shopping for coats and boots this week then you should know that Stride Rite Rewards Members purchasing little kids shoes (sizes 3-10) between now and October 5th will qualify for double rewards.
I’ll be over here kissing my little man and waiting for the UPS guy to show up with those coats!