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 grabbing any old t-shirt and shorts, I'm making sure that both girls have clothes that actually fit (and aren't stained). 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 offering high quality, comfortable and stylish footwear ever since. Whether you are shopping for the rugged, outdoor look, something with glitz and glamour to dress up in or simple, stylish flats for everyday wear, Umi has boys' and girls' fashions to suit everyone's tastes.
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?
Around here though, no matter what styles arrive, my kids are always immediately in love as soon as they open the boxes!
Also available in an array of patent and smooth leathers in both brights and darks, the Ria II are the perfect combination of dressy with casual for Big Sister E. Not to mention that I love the versatility of the styling and that these could be worn with such a variety of outfits (alone, with socks or with tights) for so many occasions!
The sturdy construction and reinforced contoured outsole give plenty of support, yet are just right for providing traction and comfort, while the cushioned leather footbed is the ultimate in comfort. Combine those with the genuine leather uppers and linings and the strong Velcro closure and it only takes a second or two to pop these on and off.
No matter if she is wearing the Ria II on the playground or while attending a wedding, Big Sister E is sure to stay plenty chic and classic without being too girly for her liking.
At the same time, I love that Little Sister B's Amery II shoes also take the standard Mary Jane styling but make it even more sporty with the athletic feel of a sneaker. Also available in a light blue color combination, these durable, cushioned, breathable shoes are so incredibly bright and fun for every young girl!
As well as the two-toned pinks throughout the design (which are balanced just right with the white of the flexible, man-made outsole), Little Sister B was especially drawn to the extra touches in the details throughout — the bright stitching, the breathable mesh and the splashes of pink creeping up from the bottom.
Overall, she is thrilled to be able to pull these on so easily (yay, Velcro!) 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?
Check out the Umi 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 fall as well, 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.