"Mom, look how fast I am!" My four-year-old is quite an active boy (At least until you put him in a soccer game...then he turns into a statue, basically. It's odd). He's always running around, jumping, and generally being crazy. I've been thinking that I should probably put my kids' growing feet into some good-quality shoes, instead of whatever happens to be available. So I jumped at the chance to review shoes from Pediped. I chose to review athletic shoes for my athletic boy, although Pediped has some really sweet girls shoes too. I didn't want to be greedy and request both!
A little about Pediped:
"pediped® has become one of the fastest growing children's footwear brands in the U.S. and offers more than 120 designs spanning EU sizes 17-36. pediped’s three footwear lines include Originals® (soft soled shoes for children ages birth to 2), Grip ‘n’ Go™ (soft rubber soled shoes for children 9 months to three years) and Flex® (rubber soled shoes for children 1-8 years). pediped® is sold all around the world."
A little about the Flex Orion shoes: (incidentally, Orion was the first constellation my dad taught me to identify when I was a kid)
A fun a quirky style especially designed for your little athlete’s developing feet, Orion has Ultra Light Technology™ allowing natural movement and maximum flexibility. A breathable mesh upper will keep the foot cool and a heel cushion will protect against impact. This style will get your child started off on the right foot with nothing but comfort!
- All natural rubber sole
- Athletic shoe with Velcro strap to keep shoes securely in place
- Ultra light weight of 5 oz (based on a size EU 27/US 10 kids shoe)
- Flex grooves to ensure natural motion
- Breathable mesh uppers
- Machine washable
- Features the Flex Fit System™, which allows children to adjust the fit of their shoes and prolong the length of wear
I love the fun super-bright colours on this shoe. And they really are lightweight. My son loves his shoes that he "got in the mail." Other than that though, I don't really see a marked difference between these shoes and his last pair. I'm sure they will be a lot more durable though. Time will tell, of course. Since I'm not wearing them myself, I can't say whether they're more comfortable or not. But they seem to fit really well, and I like the option to add an extra insole to adjust the size. Overall, I feel much happier to have my boy wearing these shoes instead of his old Walmart runners.
The shoes are easy for my son to put on and take off, and I'm thrilled they can be thrown in the washing machine. I haven't tried that yet, but with a busy kid, that time will come, I'm sure.This kid is quickly growing out of just about everything (size 5 pants are just barely long enough, but size 6 are still too long!), but I hope he'll be able to wear these shoes for a good long time.
You can learn more about Pediped and their shoes on their website, www.pediped.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
Make sure to check out Brian James Footwear, www.brianjamesfootwear.com, the women’s footwear line from pediped founder Angela Edgeworth.
Disclaimer: I was provided with free product in order to write an honest, unbiased review. All opinions expressed are my own.