As the name of this blog suggests, we live on the West Coast, otherwise known as the Wet Coast. So believe me when I tell you we know rain. When you live here, unless you spend six months a year in galoshes, you need good quality waterproof shoes. We often walk to and from school, and that means a lot of rainy walks.
pediped sent us these cold weather Flex Boulder waterproof boots in charcoal to see if they would stand up to our wet weather. After three weeks or so of daily use in the rain (and even a little snow last week), I have to say YES!
This particular boot comes in sizes 22-36 (US toddler size 6 to youth size 4). They’re made from a combination of waterproof materials, a water resistant membrane, and a gusseted tongue to keep water out and little feet dry. Like all pediped shoes in the Flex line, they have a natural rubber sole for maximum flexibility which allows natural foot movement. Tee’s going to be walking on her feet for the next 80 years give or take, so good quality shoes are vital for the health and development of her feet!
I requested the Boulder boots one size up because I know Tee’s due for a growth spurt any day now. Fortunately, Flex shoes come with extra insoles to adjust the shoe size and allow them to fit for longer. Even though the boots are slightly larger than she needs right now, the double straps tighten down securely so they don’t come off whether she’s walking to school, racing and playing with her friends, or climbing the walls. And because the straps are Velcro, Tee can put on and take off her shoes independently.
Even at four years old, Tee has definite likes and dislikes. And she likes – no, she LOVES! – the pink sparkly tongue and insets along the sides. Of course, I think they’re really cute too. I like the mini hiking boot vibe they project, and the soft, skid-resistant rubber soles are non-marking (safe for school gym floors). And you know what else I love? They’re machine washable!
Through wind and rain, puddles, mud, wet grass, and even light snow, Tee’s feet have stayed warm and dry in these pediped Flex Boulder boots. She plays hard, and we’ve already been through several pairs of shoes this year. But knowing how rugged these boots are, I feel good about her chances of actually outgrowing these boots before they’re too beat up to wear.
In their quest to find the best shoe possible for their daughter, Angela and Brian Edgeworth created the first pediped shoe in 2005 combining comfort, style, and foot health to make it “the next best thing to bare feet”. Fewer than 10 years later, pediped is one of the fastest growing children’s footwear brands in North America.
pediped shoes come in three age-appropriate lines. pediped Originals are meant for infants and first walkers and have a soft, flexible sole to mimic barefoot walking. Next stage pediped Grip ‘no’ Go shoes are designed for toddlers transitioning from early walking to a more confident stride, and then confident walkers move on to pediped Flex shoes with a cushioned arch and soft rubber sole. All three lines are officially recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association as beneficial for children’s growing feet, something that’s very important to me.
One thing I didn’t know about pediped was their focus on philanthropy. Over the years, pediped has donated more than $2,800,000 worth of products and monetary support to children across the globe! Learn more at the pediped foundation.
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