We have received many pairs of shoes for the boy, some new and many used but I have only bought three pairs. All three pairs have been worn daily until they were outgrown and all three pairs were pediped® footwear. I did a lot of research before I bought the boy his first shoes, I wanted something soft and natural, not restricting around the ankle but still durable, supportive and well-made.
Pediped® footwear has three collections 'The Originals', 'flex' and 'couture'. We have only tried out the Originals, but they have definitely met my expectations. Given the track record, our next shoe purchase will definitely be a pair of pediped flex. Pediped Originals are a soft leather soled shoes that resemble the shape of the foot. Without the thick rubber sole I didn't have to worry about the boy tripping as he learned to walk, or even when he was crawling. The elastic faux laces, velcro and generous width all make it super easy to fit the shoes onto the boys feet.
The sole itself feels smooth, but despite my concerns, they truly are slip-resistant, I found that when the boy was just gaining his balance, he actually seemed to be more stable with his pediped® footwear on. Now that he is walking, running even, I'm happy to report that I have yet to see him slip as a result of his shoes. And even though he has been wearing his current pair of pediped footwear during his foray into walking over the past two months, the soles show no sign of wear despite their regular use outdoors.
Most importantly the boy seems comfortable in his pediped® footwear, he has never really pulled or tugged on his shoes (until his recent obsession with velcro) and he rarely, if ever, fights us when its time to put them on. In fact I sent the boy to my Mom house the other day wearing some second hand sandals that were a bit cooler, but he still came back home in his pediped footwear. My Mom informed me he was much more comfy in his Brady pediped® sandals.
I love that the inside of the shoes feels cushy, like memory foam. I remember my delight the first time I stuck my fingers in his sweaty little shoes and could feel the boys toe indentations. He had just learned to pull himself at the time and as I ran my fingers over the grooves in his shoes, I relished in the moment hoping to keep the memory with me forever.
In addition to all of the other great features, pediped footwear is podiatrist recommended, and reasonably priced for the quality of the product. Did I mention they come in tons of adorable styles and are super cute? If I had a little girl I would definitely have more trouble buying only one pair per size. We love pediped® footwear at our house, and I truly have no complaints; in my eyes, an absolute 5/5!