Monday, March 24, 2008
For any of you out there obsessed with good shoes, here is one for the record. Gucio Shoes makes practical yet beautiful shoes for baby and toddler. There are very minimal differences in their three shoe models. I *mean* that; the only differences are no holes, holes, bigger holes - for the amount of breath-ability/type of weather.
While there seems to be some difficulty with their website including where to find them, don't let that discourage you from tracking these shoes down. We have owned more than one pair of these and found them to be a breath of fresh air - tired of the clunky-plastic athletic shoes you find at so many stores, even the stores that are dedicated just to children's shoes (we wont mention any names). The soles are very flexible and the uppers are all leather, and the seams are stitched on the outside, so there is nothing to poke or dig into baby.
The larger sizes (24-28 French sizing) are double-soled, for more stability. They do have a great sizing chart for picking the right size, as well as a plethora of pleasing colors. No cotton-candy pink with flowers here. You get rich and calm yet happy earth-and jewel-toned colors such as olive, navy, chestnut, heather, ginger, aqua, and yes, "natural."
What I really like about the great variety in color, is that I have a four-year-old. If your four-year-old is anything like mine, she needs to have some (all?) say in picking things out. So, if I choose the shoe, I might be able to put it past her by letting her pick the color. Crafty, no? ;)
Anyway, go support a work-at-home dad and his ingenious design for a healthy shoe.
Made in Poland. Very reasonably priced.