From babies learning to walk to preschoolers running laps around the playground, they all need the same thing: high-quality, comfortable shoes for adventures ahead. Pediped, founded by a mom who wanted the healthiest in footwear for her own daughter, has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance for promoting healthy foot development. No wonder they call these comfy, eco-friendly shoes “the next best thing to bare feet.” And, pediped has over 130 styles available in newborn up to 6 Youth sizes. Walk on through our rundown of six kicks perfect for spring and beyond.
Special discount for Red Tricycle families until Dec. 31, 2019: Get an extra 25% off your purchase. Valid at pediped.com with Code: REDTRI25.
First-Rate First Shoe: The Originals Cliff
For about half of all babes, that time of first birthday celebrations and smash cakes also brings tentative, yet daring first steps into toddlerhood. Whenever baby learns to walk, you want to make sure growing feet are comfortable and supported every step of the way. All pediped Originals, like these Cliff kicks in Blue Grey, feature pediped’s signature hand-stitched leather sole, making them soft and flexible—what pediatricians and podiatrists alike look for because of how similar the journey feels to barefoot walking. And not one, but ten cute color combos are available.
Fair-Weather Favorite: The Originals Daisy
Whether your little lass enjoys a moderate climate year round or just can’t wait to don some spring styles, the Originals Daisy sandal is at the ready (in mauve, orange or a white multi-colored petal design). A slip-resistant sole is perfect for girls on the move while non-toxic leather puts mom’s mind at ease. Meanwhile, the Velco closure makes it easy for toddlers to put on these shoes all on their own.
For Tots on the Go: The Grip 'n' Go Gustan
There’s no need to slow down in this Grip ‘n’ Go Gustan sandal, available in blue or lime. In fact, this line’s G2 Technology is designed for that transition from early to easy walking. With a memory-foam foot, soft toe box so wee toes can still grip the floor, as well as rounded edges that shape the feet, active tots can run around (and jump and chase) all day.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Grip 'n' Go Dorothy
She’ll be skipping along in no time with these rainbow-themed Grip 'n' Go Dorothy Opal flats, made of genuine leather inside and out for a flexible, durable fit. Like all pediped footwear, this darling Mary Jane is also approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development.
Keep It Cool: The Flex Mark
Now this is one cool and casual shoe. From its flexible rubber sole to navy, brown or grey styles, the Flex Mark can go with everything. It’s breathable for busy feet on the move, while closed-toe for scaling the playground. Plus, as part of pediped’s Flex Fit System, insert additional insoles to reduce shoe size, then remove as your children’s feet grow. That means your investment in healthy footwear lasts longer.
Eco-Friendly Soles: The Flex Estella
With its rubber sole and fabric lining, the Flex Estella, shown here in violet, like many pediped styles, sports the best in vegan materials (which means you can throw them in the washing machine, too). And with that Flex insert, this is one style she won’t outgrow in one season. Also available in black, pink or silver.
Special discount for Red Tricycle families until 12/31/19: Get an extra 25% off your purchase. Valid at pediped.com with Code: REDTRI25.
— Jennifer Massoni Pardini
all photos courtesy of pediped