Make the rounds this holiday season with a collection of holiday
shoe-ins (I couldn't resist the pun and you won't be able to resist
the styles) sure to become year-long favorites.
Necessity is often the mother and father of
invention, and when that invention comes courtesy of the parents
Bean, the end result is innovatively chic, fashionably
versatile Sweater Socx. Each 100% cotton pair brings together the
best parts of legwarmers, socks and soft soled shoes to create one
cozy piece in several boy- and girl-friendly colors and styles
(think Ballerina, Rugby Stripe, Cape Cod and Nordic) that keep
baby's toes toasty all winter long. Get 20% off your order
Sock meets shoe with Swedish-style Nowali moccasins
for babies and toddlers. The
soft, sock-like tops stay put while keeping lower legs covered, and
the hand-stitched non-slip leather soles make sure no one takes a
header while playing reindeer games. Orders over $40 get
10% off + free shipping with HAPPYFEET through
Bulky boots might be cold weather's usual calling cards, but
with Crocs' new Blitzen winter clogs, kids' feet can
now benefit from the ergonomic, odor-resistant comfort they love
with a warmer, lumberjack twist all year. Made with the same fully molded croslite material
as its more summery counterparts, Blitzen adds a plush, removable,
machine washable faux fur lining for added coverage. Bonus: Blitzen
is compatible with iconic Jibbitz charms and comes in adult sizes
with different lining color options for moms and dads, too.
Get free shipping on all orders shipped economy through
Playing fetch day in and
day out as shoes are thrown on the floor or find their way into
baby's mouth can get old fast. New Zealand-based Bobux launched a line of machine washable soft
soles meant to stay on baby's feet, no matter how much she tries to
throw them overboard. Made from all natural, chrome-free
eco-leather tanned in an environmentally-friendly, baby-safe
method, each pair features flexible suede soles, elasticized ankles
and funky designs (think pearlized castles, chocolate giraffes,
girly monkeys and more) that face baby to promote tactile and
visual stimulation. Don't miss their limited edition holiday line
offering classic reindeer, penguin, snowflake (my daughter's
personal favorite), ballet slipper and angel styles. Get a
free PVC + lead-free Silly Billyz fleece pocket bib in your choice
of color with a purchase of $25 or more with tealbib or fuchsiabib
Move over, Tom, Dick and
Harry, and make room for Oskar, Martin and Herman. Swedish
shoemaker, Vincent's line of fashion-forward footwear is
anything but ordinary, since designers and partners, Thomas and
Patrick, take the latest global runway trends from London, Paris,
New York and Milan (think Italian racing stripes and Kurbits, a
form of Swedish folk art), and translate them into extraordinary
treads sized for tots. Their collection of durable and affordable
footwear offers growing feet real leather, protective padding,
kid-friendly Velcro and roomy toe boxes, not to mention metallics,
patent and faux fur looks. Get 20% off all full price
styles through Dec. 31 with CHIPAR-20 + free shipping on orders $75
Moms and dads the world over look forward to that
giddy moment when baby first learns to make like Tom and cruise,
and with Pediped's flagship line of Originals soft soles
and popular Flex rubber-soled styles, they can do it with the
American Podiatric Medical Association's seal of approval. Touted
as being "the next best thing to bare feet," Pediped shoes
contribute to better long-term foot health with soft, cushioned
leather soles, a wide toe box, and flexible leather uppers.
Premium, non-toxic, eco-grade leather, along with size-to-suit foam
insoles and shock-absorbing padded heels promote a child- and
planet-friendly design. There are more than 45 boy-and-girl styles
to choose from, including everything from houndstooth to red patent
to a Couture collection featuring exotic metallic leather skins.
Give the ultimate baby shoe fan collectible Pediped ornaments,
styled after some of their bestsellers. Get free USPS
priority shipping on orders of three pairs or more.
Santa, take note: Going green is branching out to
include more than just four-door modes of transportation. Soft sole
shoemaker, Robeez, launched two complementary line of
hybrid baby shoes, Mini Shoez and Tredz, that provide all of the
original features of its flexible, stay-on elastic ankle
counterparts, while offering more than 22 new designs (think
espresso, bronze, quilted fabrics and red patent), leather
construction, a cushioned insole and the added protection of a
sturdy, non-slip, suitable-for-outdoors sole. Get free
standard ground shipping on any footwear purchase through Dec.
See Kai Run ... and do a little dance. I would
too if there was a collection of shoes as fantastic for moms. Each
pair in See Kai Run's vast line combines classic forms like Mary
Janes and loafers with modern twists (think raspberry suede, faux
fur and bronze and gold metallics) without sacrificing basics like
flexible rubber soles, leather construction, breathable linings and
padded collars that are essential for supporting developing feet.
Get free shipping on all orders through Dec.
Based on findings from leading podiatrists and
pediatricians, Stride Rite developed a Sensory Response
Technology (SRT) collection for early walkers optimizing baby feet
biomechanics with eco-friendly materials, feedback pods,
multidirectional flexibility and mid-foot support. And, though
metallic, suede and shimmery accents may not be medically
necessary, they certainly can't hurt. Get free shipping on
orders of two pairs or more.
Go for the ultimate in Christmas kitsch with
hand-painted shoes from Monkey-Toes. The playful line of mom-created,
critter-themed kicks (inspired by her own daughter's long toes) is
all about promoting independence with friendly-faced matching
sock-and-shoe styles that make the idea of "I do it" actually
doable for little hands just learning the ropes. The Monkey-Toes
collection consists of five orignal designs - Buzzy Bees, Little
Ladies, Spunky Spiders, Leap Frogs and Little Piggies, but always
launches limited edition designs for holidays. This year, it's
Shivers the Snowman and Rowdy Reindeer. Get 25% off your
order with COSMOHOLIDAY through Dec. 31.
What could be more
appropos than Charlie Brown at Christmastime? New Balance
Media, the licensing arm for PEANUTS cartoon strips,
got together to launch a co-branded shoe collection for
preschoolers and gradeschoolers featuring Charles M. Schulz's
popular, and inimitably iconic characters. Each shoe is constructed
from premium materials for comfort and breathability, and EVA
cushioning in the midsole and heel, along with a solid rubber
outsole provide growing feet the support and durability they need.
Classic PEANUTS character details (think Charlie Brown,
Woodstock, Linus, Snoopy and more) feature a soft tongue lining,
bright colors, embroidery and embossing on the upper.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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