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Pedoodles - Something I'd Buy If I Wasn't So Cheap

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ok, one of the fun things about having kids is looking online at all of the absolutely adorable things that you can buy. For some reason, I get a real kick out of picking out all the "cool" things that I would buy for baby showers (and my own kids) if I didn't feel so guilty shelling out so much cash for something that will be used for such a short amount of time.

The latest thing I've stumbled across that I find to be absolutely adorable, but so totally not worth the money? Pedoodles shoes for kids. The shoes are soft and pliable...no hard soles on these ones. That appealed to me as I firmly believe in not putting kids in hard soled shoes until they've learned to walk. Thus, my kids survive with socks alone for about the first year of their lives.

With that in mind, these shoes are absolutely adorable. Unfortunately they also cost anywhere from $20 to $45. There is NO way I'm going to spend that kind of money on a shoe that my kid will wear for a couple of months. Maybe if I was going to have 6 or 7 kids and I knew I could pass them down...but not for two kids.

That said, in the imaginary world of things don't cost anything, here's what I'd be buying.

Elnora would get a pair of "The Outback" boots. I call them "monkey boots" though they actually have a gecko on them. I can just picture her running around in these with her little jeans or corduroys tucked in. Cute. ;)

I'd also snag her a pair of "Ruby Janes". They likely wouldn't match more than one or two outfits, but again, we're talking about the imaginary world here and besides, they're adorable.

As for Emmitt, well...frogs are cute. So, I'd snag him a pair of "Fred Froggy shoes. They've got elastic across the back so they look like they'd go on pretty easy. I'd also get him a Frank Fish Hat. Elnora has progressed through several adorable winter hats (cookie monster, jester hat, etc...) so it would only be fair for Emmitt to have something beyond the typical beanie.

So how about you? What trendy little gifts do you wish one of your friends would have splurged on for your baby shower?

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  1. Anonymous Tamara | 9:51 PM |  

    Robeez, Robeez, Robeez. I love so much of their stuff but really, how many pairs of shoes does a baby need?

    A friend got me the little monkey shoes, and I cannot wait until he's big enough to wear them (they're the 6-12 month size). Plus the matching bib! All I need is the monkey onesie and I'm in baby-dressing-heaven.

  2. Anonymous Angela | 5:50 AM |  

    The soft-soled shoes are great and help keep babies and toddlers from pulling off their socks! Target has inexpensive versions of the soft-soled leather shoes like the Fred Froggy ones. They are $12.99:

    http://www.target.com/gp/browse.html/ref=sc_fe_l_0_13021711_12/601-0773809-6826548?ie=UTF8&node=16404381

    I keep my toddler in them as long as they fit--long after she can walk. I only have her wear hard soles for rainy or snowy days or at the park.

  3. Blogger Jennifer | 6:24 AM |  

    When Emmitt was born, a work buddy from online sent us a pair of brown Robeez Booties as a baby gift. They are absolutely adorable! He's not quite bit enough for them yet (they are 6-12 month size) but I think he will be before winter is over.

    I was actually going to write about Robeez in another blog post. LOL. (I'm thinking of making "Something I'd buy..." columns a regular feature)

    Also had heard that Target had knock-offs of them but hadn't seen them yet. $13 a pair is still a bit much for me in the shoe department. I'm not sure we've paid more than $6 a pair yet and those were for tennis shoes (unisex so that Emmitt can wear them some day too).

    I'm telling you, I'm CHEAP. ;)

  4. Anonymous Damien McKenna | 6:45 AM |  

    Robeez are awesome, our son has had two pairs of them, one for 8-15mo-ish and another 'til about 24 mos. He had big feet so we actually had him in bigger ones than his age bracket.

  5. Anonymous Casey | 7:41 PM |  

    Guilty as charged!!! I have bought 3 pairs of pedoodles for my daughter, including the red mary janes! I am a Physical Therapist, so I get a little anal about making sure my daughter has good footwear....plus, the are SOOOO cute!! We get tons of compliments on them. She wears them everyday outside and really grabs the ground well. They have been through puddles, sand, dirt and snow and still look pretty darn good - plus she can practice taking them on and off! I say go splurge on some - they're great! :)

  6. Anonymous Casey | 7:42 PM |  

    Guilty as charged!!! I have bought 3 pairs of pedoodles for my daughter, including the red mary janes! I am a Physical Therapist, so I get a little anal about making sure my daughter has good footwear....plus, the are SOOOO cute!! We get tons of compliments on them. She wears them everyday outside and really grabs the ground well. They have been through puddles, sand, dirt and snow and still look pretty darn good - plus she can practice taking them on and off! I say go splurge on some - they're great! :)

  7. Blogger smileymom | 5:52 PM |  

    I bought Pedoodles for my little girl Aurora (She's 3 now). We also get a TON of compliments on them. She never complains about her feet hurting and has NEVER gotten blisters. She only will wear the Pedoodles (believe me, I've tried others) She also can wear the Pedoodle First Feet Collection. (She has small feet still) They are more of the high ankle style with Velcro. We tried the other shoes (like robeez) but they left elastic marks around her ankles-yikes! I watch on the Pedoodles site for sales, also some of the local places in town will do sales from time to time.

  8. Anonymous Anonymous | 9:39 PM |  

    I love pedoodles. My son has worn the same two pairs for a year. They are great shoes and worth the money. People always compliment me on his great shoes. I have also just ordered a pair for my daughter. The really nice thing about the shoes is they stay on their fit, but they can put them on by themselves. I love them and will buy more. I also buy them as gifts for friends. They are also thrilled with them.

  9. Anonymous Anonymous | 4:46 PM |  

    Pedoodles are worth the money and they lasted my son for a good 6 months each pair because each size s, m, l is several shoe sizes. So it is like buying 2 or 3 sizes for the price of 1. Pedoodles may be $34 but robeez are $42 and pediped's are $45. Seems like a good deal to me if you want soft soled shoes.

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