Children grow so fast, don’t they? It’s hard to believe our little Scout is almost 18 months. She sure has grown so much over the past year. In fact, she has grown right out of my favorite pair of shoes for her. She is SO active and learning new skills everyday. I LOVE that she is very active even though it is exhausting to be around her.
In order to help boost her curiosity and, let’s be honest, to wear her out a little bit, we spend as much time as possible out in nature. This can be rough on her shoes especially since she still crawls a lot of places and climbs on everything! Buying her shoes that will put up with all the dirt and climbing while keeping her safe is one expense I don’t mind splurging a little bit more for even though she will quickly outgrow the shoes.
My go-to shoe brand for our little explorer is Keens. Last Christmas (2015), Scout got her first pair of Keens Crib shoes. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect because let’s face it, a six month old really doesn’t need shoes and the hand-me-down shoes we had received prior always fell of her feet. At the time, Scout was just becoming mobile by rolling around, so she wasn’t going to be “walking” any where anytime soon. However, I knew that warm weather would eventually return and we would be outside all the time hiking, camping, and exploring our backyard, so I wanted to make sure we had something that would protect her feet. Plus, we do live in Michigan which means it’s cold in December and these would help keep her warm. I was just hoping and praying they would stay on her feet and the job.
Her Baby Keens were by far the best investment I could have made for her. She wore her Keens every where and they never fell off her feet. Did I mention that she left them alone and didn’t pull them off like all the other hand-me-down shoes/boots she had? Yup, they actually stayed on her feet! This was a HUGE win for me.
By summer time, Scout out grew her Keens Crib shoes and we switched to another pair of hand-me-downs. The eco-friendly and frugal mom in me just couldn’t see buying her a new pair when we had a gently used pair already. These, however, did not take the abuse Scout put them under. By winter, they had starting to fall apart which was okay especially since she was starting to out grow them anyways.
So this winter, Scout is getting another pair of Toddler Keens. This time she is getting a pair of Keen Peek-a- shoes. They arrived today via the mail within 2 days thanks to our Amazon Prime. They are so stinkin’ cute and look like they are going to keep up with our little Scout.
Do you have a certain brand that’s your go-to?
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I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.