Let’s talk about one of my favorite topics….shoes! My closet used to be full of the cutest pairs of heels. Used to, because when I was pregnant, my feet grew half a size and most of them no longer fit. But it doesn’t matter; I’ve found a new obsession. I’m trading in my heels for the cutest pairs of size 6 high tops. Toddler size 6. 😉 The ones pictured above are our new favorite pair from See Kai Run. There’s a giveaway, too, so make sure you read all the way to the bottom of my review!
Prior to becoming a mom, I didn’t realize that there’s actually more to buying kid’s shoes than how they look. As it turns out, choosing the right shoe for your little is extremely important for proper foot development. For instance, a shoe with a hard sole limits foot movement and hinders the strengthening of foot muscles as your little is learning to walk and run. Even as our kids grow from no longer being babies to becoming children, they need shoes designed specifically for their growing feet.
That’s why I was so excited to try out some new pairs of shoes from See Kai Run. The company was created by a mom who couldn’t find the kind of shoes she wanted for her son – ones that looked great but also were functional for a growing kid.
The verdict: Love. Liam currently has two pairs of high tops (the “Dane” style in both red plaid and gray). The red plaid is our clear favorite, but mostly because it’s almost fall and I’m a sucker for anything in buffalo print. But See Kai Run has so many different kinds to choose from: crib shoes for tiny babes, sandals, boots, sneakers, dressy shoes, etc.
One of my favorite things about our shoes from See Kai Run is that they all have velcro closures. The high tops are still a little difficult for Liam to put on by himself, because this shoe style is just hater to slip your feet right on in, but that shouldn’t be an issue with other styles that don’t come up as high. Once he learns how to get his feet in them himself, he’ll be putting his own shoes on in no time. He can take the shoes off himself, though, and I feel like I get bonus points every time he remembers to put them back by the front door instead of dropping them in the middle of the kitchen floor. 😉 Even still, they’re much easier for me to get on him than some of his other brands of shoes, which makes them a great choice for moms on the run (like we are all the time).
If you haven’t realized it yet, I’m generally more willing to spend my money shopping at companies that give back. Knowing that my dollars go further and impacts someone else’s life is always a win, in my opinion. In 2014, See Kai Run teamed up with Peach’s Neet Feet (PNF), an organization that provides customized, hand-painted shoes to children with disabilities or living with serious illnesses. While See Kai Run has been working with PNF for a couple of years by providing shoes as part of their program, they are also now donating 10% of proceeds from select styles to PNF’s “Hustle Kindness” movement. When you shop See Kai Run’s website, the Hustle Kindness logo indicates which shoes are included.
Price-wise, See Kai Run shoes aren’t cheap, but they’re well worth the cost. Normal pricing ranges from $40-65, depending on the style of shoe you want to get. J hesitates to spend that much money on buying shoes even for himself. But one thing I’ve learned from having a toddler is that although they grow fast and may not wear the same size shoe for a year or longer, like we do as adults, they wear them hard. Liam can run a mile around our neighborhood and jumps off of anything more than a couple inches off the ground. He loves being outdoors in the dirt and in any kind of weather. So he needs a pair of shoes that can keep up with him and that are designed for active, growing feet. I remember buying a pair of shoes from a different brand last summer (in a similar price range) and being so disappointed when the velcro separated from the hook and loop tab only a couple months later. The shoes from See Kai Run are extremely well made and seem like they’ll hold up for a really long time. You can tell just by looking at them that they’re crafted well. But I also get that no matter how awesome shoes may be, sometimes price is the deciding factor. See Kai Run has several styles listed at a great price in their clearance section. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to learn about sales and giveaways.
Want to win some new kicks for your little? How about a GIVEAWAY?! Head over to my IG page at @LITTLEFIREBRIGADE and follow the steps to enter. The winner will receive a pair of shoes of his or her choice!
The giveaway will run until Friday, September 9th at midnight EST. A winner will be chosen randomly using random.org and announced on Instagram within 48 hours of the giveaway end. The winner has 24 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to Canadian and United States residents only.
*We were provided with Liam’s shoes for this review, but my words, photos and opinions are completely my own.