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  1. Success! Stride Rite Sesame Street Shoes Fit

    August 7, 2011 by Michelle

    After a long hunt for shoes for my little walker, we had success last weekend! The winner, Stride Rite Sesame Street – Abby Cadabby, purchased at Nordstrom. We also picked up a pair of Nike Sandals at Footlocker, which I’ll review in a future post once Baby Bunny tests them out more.

    Sesame Street Stride Rite Shoes - Abby Cadabby

    Why They Are Great for a Small Baby

    The key feature that made these a good pick for petite feet is the cross Velcro straps. The cross over design allows a snug fit for a petite, narrower foot, but is of course adjustable as she grows.

    A bonus, 2-direction straps make them more challenging for a bored toddler to rip them off. Though because they are comfortable and fit better, she doesn’t try to take them off as often.

    They came in a half size, so the 3.5 fit perfectly, which means no more tripping over her own shoes! (Please note, different shoes fit differently, she was not a 3.5 in all brands we tried.)

    Other Pros

    • Easy on & off – Of all the ones we tried, these were the easiest to slip on and off my squirmy child.
    • Lightweight & comfortable – She keeps these shoes on and will even bring them over to us to put them on, so it’s safe to assume comfortable.
    • Versatile Color – They are pink AND purple (and white) so they match more outfits.
    • Good Treads – Enough to grip the ground, not so much to trip her.
    • Rubber Toe Guard – When climbing stairs, hitting a bump in the sidewalk, or just the occasional crawl, she’ll often scrap her shoes against cement and other rough surfaces. The extended rubber toe is protecting the shoe from damage and keeps them looking nicer around the toe than her last pair.

    Minor Drawbacks

    The shoes are really best with a pair of socks, which I’ve been skipping during the summer. They can be worn without socks, but leave some red marks on the tops of her feet.

    I’m also not a fan of TV character branding, even if it is Sesame Street. The AAP recommends avoiding television for children under the age of 2, so we don’t watch Sesame Street (yet)! Still, this is a very minor issue, and she isn’t making the connection, so I’m ok with it.

    Quick Note about Nordstrom and Stride Rite for Kid’s Shoes

    Baby Bunny in her new Sesame Street Shoes

    After my last post, people comment on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook recommending Stride Rite for shoes, citing great customer service and that they measure their feet. We did go there, but they had just one shoe in her size ┬áin stock for early walkers, and we didn’t like the style as much.

    Nordstrom was just as excellent on service, measured her feet, and had a nice selection of shoes we didn’t find elsewhere. It wasn’t much of a surprise to me. Nordstrom is my go to place for quality shoes for me, they do kids shoes right, too. If you live near a Nordstrom and have never been in the kid’s shoes section, check them out! Nordstrom Rack carries kids shoes, too, but no helpful shoe salesmen, just good prices.

    Overall, Baby Bunny, hubby, and I are all thrilled with the Stride Rite Sesame Street shoes and shopping experience at Nordstrom.

  2. Tiny Feet Need Tiny Shoes

    July 28, 2011 by Michelle

    My hubby and I both agree that our Baby Bunny will always have new, well-made shoes. It’s one thing we won’t get used.

    At the end of March, we bought Baby Bunny her first pair of good shoes for cruising around at the park, a size 0-6 month PediPeds. There was a discount if we bought 2 pairs, so we bought the next size up, 6-12 month, at the same time.

    So when she finally outgrew the 0-6 size shoes this past weekend, at nearly 14 months old, I pulled out the next pair. They are HUGE! They look like clown shoes on her, and have tripped her more than once. There is way to much of a jump between these sizes, pictured below.

    The jump in size from 0-6 month to 6-12 month PediPed shoes is huge.

    The jump in size from 0-6 month to 6-12 month PediPed shoes is huge!

    We headed out to several stores searching for an in-between shoe in another brand, but with little luck. Most shoes her size are crib shoes with flimsy soles meant to just look cute (and they do). After our failed shopping trip, I figured we’d just live with the shoes and she’ll grow into them.

    I came home last night to a dime-sized red bump on her forehead, and 2 slightly skinned knees. She’d had a slight fall on her daily walk with daddy & doggy around the block. I’m pretty good about not freaking out about these things, but still, it’s hard to see that perfect tiny body I would do anything to protect, get hurt.

    The Search For Shoes

    Seeing those bumps and scrapes, made me revisit the idea of new shoes. But it’s going to take some effort. Sizing is different in every brand it seems. Here are our in store attempts so far:

    • Robeez – don’t fit correctly, leaving red marks on her heels and the tops of her feet
    • See Kai Run – have a good in-between size for length, but are too wide for her feet
    • Other Brands at Olly – Start at size 4, too darn big
    • Payless – little selection in the size 2s (which fit her best here) and didn’t like flip flops that spread the toes for young walker. In general, not that great of soles
    • The Children’s Place & Macy’s – not very good soles, more of a crib shoe
    • Kids Foot Locker – Nike Free fit pretty well, but were not in stock in a girls color, in her size. Also, I worry a full sneaker is too much for her developing little foot.

    I’ve always preferred to try shoes on before buying, but I’ve done some online research also, since the really tiny sizes are harder to find. I’m impressed at the number of companies that make baby & toddler shoes. The baby Merrill’s & Teva’s are adorable! If we can’t get something in store, I may try ordering one of these.

    This weekend we’ll venture out to the bigger mall in search of shoes for those adorable tiny feet.

    If you have any suggestions for good, very tiny shoes, leave them in the comments. I’ll report more on the pros and cons of what we find.