Kids can be rough on shoes. I was reminded of that fact when Amity, our editor, told me she had washed her son’s shoes – not once, but twice – in the last three days. It seems her oldest might have jumped / fallen / encouraged his buddy to push him into a swampy creek near the baseball field.
“He shuffled up the hill with murky, black pond scum all over the shoes that had been white and gray earlier that day. Luckily we had a grocery bag in the car to contain the ecosystems of bacteria multiplying by the second! We made it home to rinse them and then soak them in vinegar and essential oils, before washing and leaving them in the sun all the next day to dry,” she said.
And just for good measure, she made him wear the boat shoes he says make him look like “a 10-year old baby” to school the rest of the week.
All those trips through the washing machine can really wear down the life expectancy of a cheaply made shoe. That’s why we’re really excited about this giveaway.
One of the most common bits of praise you’ll hear about Umi Shoes is that they last not only through the time they still fit your child’s feet… but they stay in tact through more than a couple cycles of hand-me-downs!
Umi Shoes for kids has their new fall line out and it has comfy fits for kids and style and quality for moms.
At Umi, caring for little feet also means caring for the earth—which means setting their standards sky-high. Every shoe they make is tested for safety and durability and meets strict guidelines for child-safe materials.
They use only non-toxic drum-dyed leathers and other environmentally friendly components. Protected in recycled packaging, Umi’s a brand “sure to please parents and Mother Nature alike.”
Perfect for girls OR boys, we think the Shane Umi Shoes are a doable option for sibling’s hand-me-downs. Removable, machine washable anti-bacterial footbed keeps feet fresh:
Umi Shoes is giving away a $60 gift certificate to their website, where shipping & returns are always free.
Just tell us what you look for when buying shoes for your kids, and you’re entered for a chance to win. Bonus entries for “liking” Umi Shoes on Facebook or sharing about the giveaway on Twitter.