When the time comes, as well as rejoicing in being able to pack away our snow pants, boots, hats and scarves, the kids and I are also already extremely excited to reach into our closets and pull out the warm weather footwear that our tootsies have been longing for.
There's just something about a great pair of colorful sandals or a stylish pair of comfortable flats that makes us all happy — not to mention that, when it comes to my kids' feet, I know to always look for shoes that are well-made and designed for growing feet.
Which is why this spring and beyond 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.
Which works perfectly around here, as Big Sister E tends to lean more towards the sporty, comfortable designs, while Little Sister B opts for girly girl colors and embellishments. And this couldn't have been demonstrated any better than with the arrival of the Cruz B II and the Rozelle styles!
Beautifully constructed with canvas uppers and a classic, Velcro-closure design that works for boys or girls, I could instantly tell that the Cruz B II were going to be the perfect mix of casual and sporty for Big Sister E. The sturdy construction and flexible rubber outsoles give plenty of support, yet are just right for providing traction and, of course, comfort.
Add to that the way that these shoes are such a great blend of neutral with the bright pop of chartreuse and they just end up being a great option for each and every day!
At the same time, the Rozelle are the quintessential summer shoe for any young girl who is a Greek goddess at heart. Is there a better time in your life to wear metallic gladiator sandals? I think not!
These adorable kicks feature breathable and soft genuine leather uppers, durable man-made outsoles and linings, and include leather-lined cushy footbeds for the ultimate in comfort to go along with their awesome style. Not to mention that the short zipper on the back makes them extremely easy to put on and take off!
Also available in fashionable blue or silver color options, the pink that we received truly couldn't be more perfect for Little Sister B and will be beyond chic with every possible outfit this spring.
As usual, I had used Umi's convenient size chart before selecting the size for both pairs of these shoes (and I always keep in mind that their shoes are handcrafted to include room to grow and fit generously), so I was pleased to see that each pair fit Big Sister E and Little Sister B with a little bit of room to spare.
That means that they'll be just right for both girls to wear when spring finally does arrive... and then all throughout the summer, into the fall, and beyond!
Hurry up, spring! We're ready for you!
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.
Just check out their website at UmiShoes.com to take a look at all of their incredible fashions for school, play, special occasions and more! You can also connect with all things Umi on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will get to include this great footwear in their child's wardrobe this spring 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.