Go home, Polar Vortex, you've made your point.
But as well as rejoicing in being able to pack away all of our snow gear and actually set foot outside the house without 17 layers covering every exposed inch of skin, the kids and I are also extremely excited to reach into our closets and pull out the stylish footwear that our tootsies have been longing for.
Don't get me wrong, a great pair of boots is awesome, but they somehow don't bring the same satisfaction as super cute flats or sandals. Maybe it's just because my toes are dying for the sunshine as much as the rest of me!
When it comes to children's shoes, the fact that there are a million pairs out there means it makes an even bigger difference to shop for ones that are well-made and designed just for growing feet. Which is why we know that to consistently find a wide selection of fashionable and top-of-the-line styles for kids, we need to turn to none other than Umi.
Founded in 2004, Umi doesn't just care about little feet, they care about the earth as well. While making sure that every shoe they produce is safe, durable and meets strict guidelines for child-safe materials, they also only use non-toxic, drum-dyed leathers and other environmentally-friendly components.
During manufacturing they even use a waste disposal system safe for the planet and then complete the process by protecting and sending your shoes in recycled packaging.
Is there anything else that they can do? Well, how about fact that their quality, comfortable and stylish footwear is simply adorable? Whether you are shopping for the rugged, outdoor look, something with glitz and glamour to dress up in or simple, stylish sandals to celebrate spring and summer, Umi has boys' and girls' fashions to suit everyone's tastes.
And, although I've liked all of the past Umi shoes that my girls have worn, when the Roxanna B II in the vibrant New Blue color option arrived, I was instantly jealous that they didn't come in my size as well.
Also available in silver, gold and blush pink, the Roxanna B II are handcrafted with durable outsoles and linings and the stunningly soft leather uppers feature lacy laser-cut designs that are eye-catching and attractive (and caused Big Sister E to dub these "snowflake sandals").
The sturdy construction and the flexible sole give plenty of support, yet are just right for providing traction and comfort, while the bright, contrasting zipper down the back allows for easy-on, easy-off. No struggling with buckles or even Velcro when these are quickly zipped up and down in seconds!
Not to mention that the overall gladiator style is so darn trendy and fun and the way that the vivid blue and the lime green zipper and soles are just the cutest combination around. Is there a way to not smile when you see a pair of shoes this fun?
As I had used Umi's convenient size chart (I even printed off their downloadable measurement chart to be sure) and knew that their shoes are handcrafted to include room to grow and fit generously, I was pleased to see that these sandals are currently just a tiny bit large on Big Sister E.
That just means that they'll be just right for her to wear them when spring finally does arrive... and then all throughout the summer and into the fall!
With sky-high standards for quality and a mission to please parents and be good to the earth, Umi shoes are a great purchase for expectant parents, babies, toddlers and all the way through big kids. Designed with children's feet in mind, there are new styles added every season that can keep your little one fashionable for years to come.
Speaking of fashion, Umi is kicking off their A Little Love For Little Feet Sweepstakes today, February 10th! From now until February 16th, head over to their website to enter for your chance to win one of three $100 Umi gift cards!
Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will get to be excited to include this great footwear in their child's wardrobe this spring season, because...
One lucky person will win a $60 Umi gift card!
A big thank you to Umi for providing shoes for me to review as well as a $60 gift card for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.