So, while my kids rejoice in being able to return to school for educational as well as entertainment reasons, I have been focusing on ensuring that their closets are ready for the change in schedule.
Instead of spending most of the day in a swimsuit, I've gone through drawers and closets to make sure that both girls have clothes that actually fit. And, instead of the sandals that they have been putting through the ringer all summer long, it's time for stylish footwear that is durable, dependable and stylish.
Which is why we know that to consistently find a wide selection of fashionable, comfortable and top-of-the-line styles for kids, we need to turn to none other than Umi.
Founded in 2004, Umi has been caring about little feet through every pair of safe, durable, non-toxic, environmentally-friendly pair of shoes that they have created.
However, while Umi has always been known for extremely fashionable, high quality shoes, this season they have taken things a step further with new technology in their construction and production... resulting in the most comfortable shoes they have ever manufactured.
Whether it is their innovative "umiCloud" technology (removable insoles made of thick, plush memory foam), their flexible soles, their room-to-grow or more, Umi truly is committed to providing comfort in each and every detail of their shoes. From baby to big kid, why would I want anything less for my children's growing feet?
But even if you set aside the extreme comfort and the tremendous quality, there's no denying that footwear from Umi is also adorable. Whether you are shopping for the rugged, outdoor look, something with glitz and glamour to dress up in or simple, stylish shoes for every day at daycare or school, Umi has boys' and girls' fashions to suit everyone's tastes.
Around here though, no matter what styles arrive, my kids are always immediately in love as soon as they open the boxes!
Beautifully constructed with canvas and leather uppers and a classic, lace-up design, I could instantly tell that the Jett II were going to be the perfect mix of casual and sporty for Big Sister E. The sturdy construction and contoured rubber soles give plenty of support, yet are just right for providing traction and, of course, comfort.
Add to that the way that these shoes come with traditional shoelaces as well as stretchy, rubber cording (which then means that they don't have to be tied and retied over and over) and there will never be any worry of my big girl needing to hurry to get her shoes on in the morning or them coming undone in the middle of gym class!
At the same time, I love that Little Sister B's Hera shoes combine a standard Mary Jane styling with the athletic feel of a sneaker. As they are available in three eye-catching color combinations — pink, light blue and navy — there is something bright and fun for every young girl, no matter how bold she chooses her footwear to be.
As well as the vivid pink of the canvas (which is balanced just right with the grey leather uppers), Little Sister B was especially drawn to the durable and comfortable rubber outsoles and the slightly rugged edge that they provide. Overall, she is thrilled to be able to wear these with or without socks with jeans, shorts, pants, dresses, skirts and more!
As I had used Umi's convenient size chart and knew that their shoes are handcrafted to include room to grow and fit generously, I was pleased to see that these shoes are a perfect fit on both girls with just enough space that they'll be able to wear them all throughout the fall and well into the winter!
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.
Although there is no shortage of children's shoes on the market, having ones that are well-made and designed just for growing feet can make a huge difference in your child's comfort. Why risk sending them off to school with footwear that might pinch, rub or leave their arches sore? Just go with the best, Umi!
Head over to UmiShoes.com to see the full collection of awesome shoes that they have to offer and be sure to connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest so that you never miss the latest and greatest in stylish, comfortable children's footwear.
Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will get to include this great footwear in their child's wardrobe this fall season as well, because...
One lucky person will win a $60 Umi gift certificate!
A big thank you to Umi for providing two pairs of 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.