I, sadly, don’t have unlimited funds to set my toddler up with one pair of shoes in every color for every occasion. (Oh, the tragedy of it all.) So what I try to do is find something cute that she can wear with dresses, but also lets her kick up the asphalt on the playground.
Wisconsin-based UMI shoes has hooked us up nicely this Fall, with their wonderful Euro-style handcrafted shoes for kids. My daughter is currently sporting the navy Floret (at left) with splash flowers that jazz up a versatile Mary Jane. The shoes are real leather (explaining the $60 pricetag), the strap conveniently closes with velcro, and the supportive arch and sturdy rubber soles let my daughter take on a soccer ball with as much 2 year-old energy as she can muster.
Let’s just say it’s always a good sign when, on the first wearing, two moms stop you and ask where your kid got her shoes. Not that I’d care about such things. -Liz
Congratulations to winner Rachel A!