Sep 20, 2009

Tester #4

Tester #4 recently sent us her first impressions of the new-for-fall TinySoles gear that she received to test out (shown to the left). Here is what she had to say:

Name: Nikki
Emmie, age 15 months, size 4/5
Addie, age 3, size 8/8.5
Products Tested:

"Hi, Tinysoles friends and fans! So sorry for the delay, but here are my first impressions of the FREE tester items I received last week.

First of all, a huge shout out to Tinysoles for once again amazing me with their customer service. I was almost embarrassed to email them and tell them that the shoes they sent (for FREE, I remind you) for my younger daughter were borderline too small. I’m sure they matched up to the measurements/sizes I originally sent, but the little bugger had a growth spurt in the past couple of months (her dr.’s appointment on September 3rd confirmed this), and her feet were no exception to the all-over growth. So they graciously sent me the next size up – thank you, Tinysoles.
Smaller by SKR OliviaThese shoes are adorable. The size we’re going with is the 12-18 months, and she turned 15 months today (Sept. 3), so I would say that’s pretty accurate. As soon as I put them on her chubby little feet, she took right off in them. Love the leather circles sewn on the toes – hopefully those will stay securely in place as the shoes get worn this fall. I like how the sole comes up over the top of the toes – definitely makes sense for babies who are just starting to walk, as they often still spend a good chunk of time on all fours, and when they do walk, they frequently scuff their toes. On these particular shoes, the soles are nubuck (or maybe it’s suede?), so you can kind-of wipe the soles in one direction to remove the marks. I’ve heard that nubuck can also show dirt easily, especially in a light color like the pink, but we’ll see. The leather uppers are so soft and supple, and the nubuck sole is soft and firm at the same time. My first impression is that it’s going to be a great shoe.

Country Kids Organic Infant Stripe tights Pink/Stone - I have not had the fortitude to wrestle these on my 15-month-old yet, as our weather here in NC has still been in the 70’s & 80’s, but they feel VERY soft, and they will look adorable with the Olivia shoes. I’ve found Country Kids products to be really great, so my guess is that these will be no exception.

Pediped Emily Pink Pearl Hair ClipIf you’ve read any of my reviews, you know that I’m a huge pediped fan, so I was thrilled to be able to try one of their bows. Typical of No Slippy bows, this stays put like a champ – great for scooping my baby’s hair out of her eyes really quick, as getting a bow in place is often like trying to hit a moving target. Now that her hair is a little longer, I’ve actually been putting the top of it in a Pebbles-style ponytail with a small elastic hairband, and then clipping a bow at the base of the ponytail, under the hairband. (I do this while she’s distracted with eating, in case anyone was wondering. J) I wasn’t sure I’d be able to slide this bow in very easily because of the velvet, but it didn’t take much maneuvering to get it in. So if you like pediped and you like No Slippy Hair Clippy, these bows are winners.

Umi Praline Deep Red/Amber - This is our first pair of Umi shoes, and my first impression is that I LOVE them. If you look at this particular pair on the website, please know that it is MUCH cuter in person. A great, deep red color, coupled with the brown trim, and the sweet leather flower details – I think it will go with a lot of things this fall – jeans, skirts & tights, etc. Tinysoles had mentioned that the Umis might run a little long, and I would say that’s true. But they hug my 3-year-old’s foot very nicely, even though there’s plenty of room to grow. She walked around in them for a while, frequently looking down to admire her feet. I think the previous two reviewers mentioned an odor to the Umis – I guess there was an odor of new leather, but I didn’t find it overpowering. Then again, I kind-of like the new-shoe smell.
So, there you have it. I’ll send more info as time passes and shoes get worn. But again, thank you so much, Tinysoles. This is so fun!!

P.S. Some photos attached. I’ll take more as the opportunities arise."

Thank you Nikki, Addie and Emmie for your review!

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