Aug 28, 2009

New Hatley Rain Boots

New Hatley rain boots and matching raincoats are NOW in stock at TinySoles! There are 4 new-for-fall styles that are definitely worth checking out. Little girls will be sure to make a splash in the Polka Dot print. This classic style features fun white dots on a bold red background. For your little star, checkout the Stars print with random blue and white stars on a classic navy background. For added bonus, the Stars raincoat glows in the dark. Let them channel their inner farmer with the Farmer Jack and Farmer Jill styles. The Farmer Jack combines little boys love of tractors in a blue boot covered in classic red tractors with their infatuation with getting wet (only now they will stay dry while doing it!). The sweet Farmer Jill print features white ducks on a light green background. Trust us, this might not sound so cute, but it really is. Click here to shop Hatley.

Aug 26, 2009

Need a Backpack?

Did you know TinySoles has backpacks? Yep, that's right we have some great little backpacks by Keen that are a part of their Mighty KEENdom collection. These pint sized packs are available in 3 colors (although I think we are almost out of the blue) and feature extra padding for comfort, an embroidered animal design for a dash of imagination and are practical enough for school yet fun enough for weekend adventures. They are the perfect size for preschool, kindergarten and early grade school. Complete with two compartments, an organization sleeve, water bottle pockets on each side, and a removable adjustable sternum strap; this pack will definitely make them stand out of the crowd. For extra wow, pair these backpacks with matching Keen Coronado shoes.

With my little guy starting preschool very soon (sniff, sniff, deep breath), I was in need of a backpack (it was even listed on the official supplies list!). We went with the Keen Mighty Keendom in Black Olive. I really love the colors and even the walrus has grown on me. My son loves putting it on and clipping the chest strap together! With his new Backpack, Klean Kanteen water bottle, shoes and socks, my son is actually excited about his first day at school so he can put his new stuff to work. Click here to shop bags.

Aug 25, 2009

2nd Tester Weighs In

Another one of our 6 Parent Testers recently sent us her first impressions on the new-for-fall products she received to test out (shown to the left). Okay, so if your paying attention then you caught us out with BabyLegs, they might not be new for fall but they are a classic staple and matched the Umi Cuddles so well we couldn't resist. (BTW, our new fall BabyLeg styles, socks AND tights should be arriving very soon!)

Name: Caitlin

Boy, 4 years old, size 11
Boy, 2 1/2 years old, size 8
Girl, 7 months, size 6-9 months

Products Tested:
Keen Austin Shitake size 11
See Kai Run Carl size 8
Umi Cuddle Chocolate/Pink size 18
BabyLegs Pink/Heather/White

"Hello Tinysoles. Thank you for the wonderful new fall products; my boys were almost as excited as I was to see what you sent us! Here are my first impressions. I'll keep you updated about anything we discover as the shoes are broken in, and I'll try to get some pictures of them in action as well. Thanks again!"

Keen Austin -My boys both wore Keen sandals this summer, which I really liked despite their fairly stiff soles, but this is the first pair of regular shoes we've had from Keen. Right out of the box, the Austin is definitely not as flexible as my son's Eleven sneakers, but they seem like they're going to be very durable. My 4 year old son was able to put them on himself, which is always a big plus. After a couple of days of wear, I think the sole is actually becoming more flexible, which I also noticed with the boys' Keen sandals after a little while. It's tough to tell whether the fit is exactly right since it's hard to feel where his toe is underneath the rubberized toe cap, but they seem to be true to size compared with his Elevens, which run a little bit big. The padded collar is nice and soft, and the way the velcro strap closes back on itself makes for a good snug fit. I'm excited about the upcoming colder snowy weather since these seem like they're going to hold up really well. Style wise, they're not as flashy as the Eleven trainers, but my son really likes them; he says they're especially good for riding his bike.

See Kai Run Carl - I love the wingtip inspired design, the white stitching and the great fall colors of the Carl. It goes with just about anything, too! Since it's SKR, of course it's super flexible and the leather is supple with no need to break it in. My almost 3 year old son did a little dance when we put them on his feet. The collar on this shoe is more padded than any other SKR I've had, which is great for comfort. Unfortunately, my son can't get these on by himself. I'm not sure if it's that the collar is a little higher than a regular loafer or that the tongue doesn't open up very far, but he just can't get his narrow little foot all the way in without help. I'm hoping that as the leather stretches a little he'll be able to wriggle into it on his own. I'm also not yet sure how this color green will hold up to scuffing, but I'll let you know once it happens!

Umi Cuddle Chocolate Pink Pram -These little Umi's are just adorable; I love pink and brown together and the scalloped overlay is super cute. They did smell a bit funny coming out of the box, but after airing out for a day they've lost that really strong new shoe smell. My daughter, who is just about 8 months, isn't yet crawling, so it's hard to say whether the little rubber circles are going to help her grip, but she is fascinated with them! Just as with the Robeez that my sons wore, the elasticized part of the opening leaves marks on her little ankles, and her ankles are far from being chubby. I ended up switching to another brand of soft soled shoes for my boys because I didn't like how the Robeez elastic dug into them. We'll see what I decide once she's mobile, but I think I'm going to prefer the SKR Smaller brand for my daughter since they don't have elastic on the crease of the ankle. The Umi's also seem a bit stiffer than other soft soled shoes; I think the rubber actually lines most of the sole, rather than just being in the places where the circles are. I'm definitely going to keep these in the rotation as she starts to crawl and cruise, just to give them a fair shake and see if the soles soften up with use.

BabyLegs Pink/Heather/White - BabyLegs are so cute and practical, what's not to love? I did find a fun new use for BabyLegs recently. They make a great sock puppet to distract and entertain a crying baby on a long car trip (provided that you're not the driver, of course!)

Before we had a chance to post this, Caitlin sent us some more feed back on the Austin's:"Hi again. We recently visited my friend's horse farm in RI so I had a chance to put those Austins to the test. He rode, ran, jumped in dirt and wood shavings, and washed a horse in them. He never complained about his feet being too hot or uncomfortable, and his socks stayed dry and clean, even after standing in a puddle. I've attached a couple of photos of him riding with me and finishing up a horse's bath. Thanks again for the chance to test out something new!"

Aug 14, 2009

pediped Hair Clips

Did you notice we NOW have pediped Hair Clips in stock? We know some of you have because we are already temporarily out of stock on the Isabella chocolate brown hair clip! Don't worry, we will be getting more soon. For those of you that this is new news, Pediped and No Slippy Hair Clippy have joined forces to make coordinating hair clips that complement some of pediped's best selling styles, like Giselle, Abigail and Isabella. And now you can buy them from TinySoles! Besides matching your favorite pedipeds, No Slippy Hair Clippy's are wrapped in the highest quality Swiss Velvet for softness, have a safe magnet under the velvet creating a secure, guaranteed non-slip clasp, and they're made in the USA. They're also a great way to announce "he's" a girl. Shop clips now.

Aug 13, 2009

Back-to-School Pass

Save with your Back-to-School Pass from TinySoles! From now through Tuesday (8/18/09) use coupon code B2S20 and receive 20% off ALL orders over $50. Throw in our fast FREE shipping to the US & Canada, and this is one sweet deal. Coupon is limited to in stock items only, so get in early for the best selection. Hurry, offer ends Tuesday, 18th at Midnight PST.

*Please not this coupon cannot be combined with any other offer or used on Daily Deal items.

Aug 11, 2009

pediped Couture is here!

pediped Couture is NOW in stock at TinySoles. The Couture Collection is a limited edition of pediped Originals featuring 4 irresistible safari themed styles designed exclusively for fashion-forward children. A high fashion look along with leather uppers in striking leather exotic skins add a unique twist to a soft sole classic. Couture are available in the typical Original sizing (0-24 months) and maintain all the comfort and health benefits pediped Originals are known for: soft cushioned leather soles, Velcro fasteners and the Seal of Acceptance from the APMA for promoting healthy foot development. The Couture Collection is only available in limited quantities, so get in quick! Click here to shop pediped now.

Aug 10, 2009

New Umi in stock

Just a quick note to let you know that we just received our first shipment of NEW Fall styles from Umi! Lots of chocolates, pinks, raspberries, Olive and Navy that are perfect for Fall. New for this fall, is the Umi Primero collection (Lissy and Ollie shown above). Primero is a line of flexible rubber soled shoes designed for new walkers. They have a super flexible, lightweight rubber sole that wraps up slightly over the toe box to add a touch of non-bulky toe protection to help keep them scuff free. Lots of cute styles for little girls and boys that come in EU sizes 19-22 (US 4-6.5). The last picture shown above is of the Umi Pearl Chocolate from the Pram collection, a soft sole shoe available in EU 16-19 (US 1-4). Umi is one of our favorite brands for stylish, comfortable shoes and they bring a lot of variety to the table. Their shoes are definitely well made and we are impressed with the amount of detail on each one. We love Umi's use of printed leathers to add detail to different styles, whereas most other companies rely solely on embroidering, appliques and cut outs. This is just our first shipment of Umi, we have a ton of more styles and colors coming soon! Click here to shop New Arrivals.

Aug 9, 2009

First Tester Weighs In

One of our 6 Parent Testers recently received the 3 new-for-fall products shown to the left. She sent us this to post as her first impression:

Name: Rasa
Child: Girl, 22 months, size 6
Products Tested:
-Umi Primero Lissy Chocolate Heart Print/Pink size 22
-See Kai Run Sadie size 6
-SmartWool Saturnsphere Deep Purple 2T-3T

I just wanted to let you know that we got the shoes and socks, thank you!!! Last winter my daughter had a pair of Umi boots that were the absolute best so I was super psyched to hear you were sending some her way! I also, am a huge fan of smartwool so that was a fantastic surprise too!Okay, so here are my initial impressions of the shoes and I'll write a more detailed review when she's had some more use with them.

Umi: When I took them out of the box I was a little hesitant about the pink hearts, but the style was really great. I love the Mary Jane look and the rubber soles on the front made perfect sense, my girl is always scuffing the tips of her shoes from running and these rubber fronts seem like such a good idea! She immediately wanted to try them on and check herself out in the mirror. They fit true to size, a 6.5, so she definitely has some growing room, but not so much that she is clumsy in them. I love the way the uppers really fit snug to her foot, other Mary Jane type styles bunch out on her sometimes. They seem to have a great grip and she said they were very comfortable. She wouldn't take them off for ages! And I when they are on, I even like the pink heart pattern, not too girly. So far, these are real winners!!! They also feel like really good quality (although they smelled a little funny coming out of the box, just an FYI)

See Kai Run: I love the red and had seen these on your website, so I was really psyched to get them! They actually fit like her size 6 See Kai Run sandals, not any bigger. So I wouldn't really say they are a 6.5-like size (although I personally think this brand tends to run a bit big anyway). I think she probably needs to get used to the stitched over lip because she is pretty clumsy in them. The poor thing keeps tripping and falling! I think her toe is catching the floor when she runs in them. They look GREAT, they fit really nicely, and we'll see if she gets used to the new style and stops tripping.

Thanks Rasa!

Aug 3, 2009

Robeez Winner

Congratulations to Jackie Nguyen who won our Robeez giveaway! Jackie please contact us in the next 24 hours so we can get you out your FREE pair of Robeez :)