02 October, 2013

Rileyroos Shoe Review

     Baby Man has FAT feet.  It's true.  In fact, I think all of my kids have had fat feet.  There have been some shoes that we had through all 4 girls that I saved and with each child, I sighed dismally as I tried to put their feet into them just to find that yet another one of the girls would never wear the beautiful shoes.  I had 4 or 5 pair that never fit any of them and went unworn for 7 years in my home before I finally got rid of them.  It was a sad day.
     So finding shoes can be a struggle.  Of course they recommend soft shoes for little babies and with wide feet it is best to have giving shoes anyway.  That's why I was particularly interested in Rileyroos.  Their shoes are all soft and giving with soft leather/rubber soles.  Their soles are actually pretty fantastic.  It was the first thing I noticed about the shoes when we got them.  Take a looksie!
     Isn't that cool!?  Rilyroos says this about it's shoe design:
"Rileyroos footwear is designed for the best development of a child’s foot using a flexible, cushioned rubber sole which allows little feet to respond to the natural environment below them."  And, "Our unique bottoms are designed with rubber inserts extending heal to toe beneath the leather, offering greater traction and durability than leather only soles. And the soles curl above the toes to provide leverage as a child navigates through the early developmental milestones – crawling, cruising and early walking."
     They also boast that parents love the looks of Rileyroos shoes.  Yes, yes we do.  They have this great look to them.  Maybe it is the handmade appeal, maybe it is the way the toes curl up for better crawling traction, or maybe it is the beautiful colored leather and accent stitching.  Whatever is is, the shoes really are gorgeous.  There are so many that I would love to just snatch right up.
     What I love most is that the shoe has give.  Because it is made from leather, the sides aren't stiff and rigged making it easy for little (or large) feet to get into it.  Mr. Man is a big baby with big feet, but the shoes are not to narrow for him, and that is a huge deal for my family since most shoes are.  These shoes fit him so well.
     The colors are great.  I adore the several shades of blue.  They match many of his pants perfectly.  The colors are rich and full, not faded or fake.  The closure is Velcro and the shoe stretches nicely to make room for baby feet.  The shoes never once fell off while we were using them, but they were not too snug either.
      The shoes we got are Brooks in Sail and they just happen to be on sale right now.  I love these and Taylor in Grasshopper the best as far as little boy shoes go.  You'll notice that the toe of the shoe curves up to the top.  That is so that the shoe can provide traction for little babies like mine who are just learning to crawl and to stand.  I know especially for someone with floors as slick as mine, this is a good thing.
     I just can not express enough how much I love these shoes.  They are definitely one of my very all-time favorites.  I think anyone would love these shoes.  There's really no reason not to :)

What did your baby's first shoes look like?

Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
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