[GIFTED] It’s that time of year when parents are frantically trying to get ready for the return of ‘back to school’ labels are being stuck in, trousers are being taken up and for me the dreaded shoe shop is taking place.
With years of school shoe shopping under my belt I still haven’t found a stress free way to keep the kids happy and me sane whilst getting what we need.
So when Treads asked if I would like to try out their online shoe shop I was immediately drawn in as the prospect of hitting the shops was something I had been avoiding – especially in the current pandemic.
Treads specialise in durable school shoes for children aged 6-16 using a combination of top quality materials and clever technology to turn construction style footwear into school shoes.
The boys sat with me and happily scrolled through the shoes and selecting them for themselves. There wasn’t a huge range which for me was much better as they came to a decision really quickly.
Frankie went for the smart, Velcro option with the Sydney shoe and Oscar went for a more casual, lace up with the Boston.
Children are in school shoes for a good six or more hours a day, so fitting is important to me and is the only reason I usually opt to go in store for this. However Treads have a print out paper gauge that allows you to take the measurements and then enter online to get the perfect fit. They also come with a dual fitting system which means you can take out one of the inner soles to give you a wider fit.
The biggest pull for me though was their ’12 month indestructible guarantee’ which means if they don’t meet their high standards they will replace them for FREE.
My youngest two have been known to ruin shoes in a matter of weeks so I’m eager to see if they can stand the rest of time with them and by the sounds of these shoes they should have their work cut out trying to get through these!
A special Strobel technique is used which means the upper part of the shoe is placed into the mould and then the sole is injected around it – making it come complete entity. As well as this, the heels are reinforced to prevent splitting so they really have covered everything.
I will of course keep you updated and let you know if the demolishers manage to break through…I have high hopes for these though!
I vividly recall shoe shopping trips with my Mum when I was a child. Walking into shoe shops and spotting those hugely impractical glittery heeled beauties that was oh so impractical but just so tempting.
I would be abruptly turned away from the sparkle and instead have my feet slipped into the boring grey t-bar shoes that my Mum always opted for.
The 80’s certainly didn’t cross practically with style and I am so grateful that things have come such a long way since then and I have the opportunity to allow my own children to pick shoes that will protect their little feet as well as being super stylish.
I am a huge fan of Bobux Shoes and so are my youngest two as they are the masters of crossing practicality with style.
With this fantastic weather it is sandals that are most definitely called for and this actually always fills my heat with dread! Over the years I have found very few sandals that my children firstly like the look of and secondly don’t rub!
For many summers I have actually had to resort to them having sweaty feet in trainers and this is a better option than tending to sore feet.
Bobux are always our first choice when it comes to shoes and boots but sandals are not something we had tried from them before so I was really happy when Frankie and Oscar received some to try out.
The first test came with the box opening and from the smiles on their faces I knew this one was passed with flying colours. The Soul sandals that we chose come in a beautiful tan and navy premium leather that is super supple and literally moulds to their feet. The velcro fastening to the back makes them really easy to get on and off and there is also the added benefit of additional straps across the toes and just below the ankle that can be adjusted to make for the perfect fit.
These sandals have trappsed across the beach, climbed trees and visited many playgrounds without a moan or whimper from either of them and they are certainly something I would buy time and time again.
*We were sent this sandals for the purpose of this review an they are all my own, honest opinions.
“we make shoes that are the best thing parents can do for their kids feet”
These are the words of the husband and wife mastermind behind the beautiful brand – Bobux.
For me choosing shoes for infants is a hugely important task with so many things to consider. Their delicate little feet need to be well protected, the shoe needs to be comfortable and easy to move around in and also look good.
Bobux have got this down to a tee and taken all these elements to create beautiful shoes that grow with your child.
My youngest two are super adventurous and certainly know their own minds when it comes to dressing so something that can withstand active boys whist appealing to their fashion needs is always a challenge.
Thankfully from the minute they started to scroll though the vast collection that Bobux have online their wish lists grew and grew and had to be whittled down to their favourites.
With the colder weather fast approaching we decided on a pair of boots for the both of them with Oscar going for the red Outback boot and Frankie and his quirky taste going for the silver Vault boot.
Both boots are made of super soft leather with zip fastenings and an elastic panel to the side making them really easy to get on and off.
We put the boots to the test with a walk around town and no complaint was made about sore or uncomfortable feet. So often within a few hours I have little ones moaning and groaning about shoes that rub or simply just don’t feel right.
The quality make and leather of this boots really shone through and made for an easy day for us all.
The simplistic design means they are perfect for everyday wear but can equally be dressed up for a special occasion.
They also lend themselves well to suiting both sexes.
As I said Frankie loves something alternative so the super cool silver was a big hit with him and the boldred of oscars boots really makes a statement.
The love and attention to detail really shines thoughin each pair of shoes and they arecertainly a brand we will be going back to time and time again.
TOMS are a company that have been on my radar for many years now, as not only do they make beautiful shoes for both adults and children…they also have a fantastic ethos behind what they do thus enabling them to provide over 70 million pairs of shoes for children in need over the past 10 years.
This is why I was very excited to go along to an event at their flagship store on Carnaby Street the other week to see how their generosity was stretching to yet another great initiative.
I was firstly taken back by the store itself to be honest.
I had only ever bought TOMS shoes from concessions in shops such as Office and didn’t realise they offered so much more than just their trademark canvas shoe.
The shop itself is home to a beautiful coffee shop serving delicious coffees and snacks as well as a huge range of shoes, boots, sandals, bags and sunglasses.
After taking in everything they had to offer we got down to taking about the new animal initiative that TOMS are working on in conjunction with WildAid.
The majestic giant pandas of Sichuan are in such grave danger that there are now less then 2000 in the world.
TOMS have bought out a limited edition range of vegan shoes for both adults and children by taking inspiration from this beautiful creature.
They are hoping that through this they will be able to to provide impoverished students living ammongest these pandas with the education they need to protect these endangered animals.
I known I for one in this age of throw away culture would love to be able to purchase a beautiful yet practical shoe and feel pleased that I have helped in some way towards the fight for this magnificent animal.
I was one of the unlucky ones that was refused a pair of Kickers as a child and I’m sure this has left a little scar for life!
That is why when I had to opportunity to go along to the meet up with the georgous ladies at Mothers Meetings for their Kickers ‘Back To School’ event I knew it was one not to be missed.
We walked into a room full to the brim of super cool mummies and their little ones dancing along to some great tunes, having a bite to eat, getting faces painted and having a good catch up.
Scattered around the room Kickers were showcasing their back to school range with the old favourites and a few new eye catching designs that I had not seen before.
The rounded design and thick stitching was still a predominant feature and I loved seeing the addition of some two tone brouges that really caught my eye.
It was refreshing to see that they have still keep their trademark red and green labels and that longed for tag that I never got to get my hands on!
After singing along to some African nursery rhymes the little ones were over the moon to get to take home some Kickers of their own to set them up for their return to nursery and school.
And I left safe in the knowledge they wouldn’t hold a grudge about not owning a pair of Kickers in their childhood like I have!