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!