Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Inch Blue Shoes Review

Time to interrupt the never-ending attempt at getting caught up with all the fun photos you have been missing and give you a few current ones! Are you excited? I recently got the exciting chance to review my first product on my own blog (I have done reviews for others, but not on my own blog)! Inch Blue Shoes has generously provided me with a darling pair of soft leather shoes (pictured to the right) for Elenore and we have been loving them for about a couple months now, so it is high time to post the review. Sorry, no giveaway this time, but if any of you are looking for a great shoe for infants or toddlers, these shoes are lovely and well worth looking into.

About the company:
Inch Blue started in the late '90's and is now a well-known UK brand. They are a family-run company based out of South Wales (I loved Wales!) which makes soft leather baby shoes (most for ages 0-2, but some for ages 3-6) that are a far cry from mass-produced, same-old, same-old shoes. Their daughters are their inspiration for their line of 100+ fun and fresh designs (they have boy shoes too, of course!) of bright colors that will make a unique and delightful shoe for any little one.

The only hard part is picking just one! Their goals go beyond just a good design, including the best natural materials, wonderful customer service, environmentally friendly, and trying to go the extra mile in all they do. I know this from experience, because they actually contacted me out of mistake, trying to get another company to review their product, but when I told them of their mistake, they made sure that I was given a pair to review too, and one of my choice. I loved all the contact I had with them, very friendly, efficient, and the product of course speaks for itself.

About the Product:
I already mentioned the fabulous 100+ colorful designs they have, and that they are made of all natural soft leather to help those plump baby feet breath and wiggle. They are all hand-made in the UK, and endorsed by Christina Redfearn, M.E.A.Ch MCSRx Chiropodist and Reflexologist. Because they are soft leather, they are easy to clean with a damp cloth, or leather cleaner. They will soon get that nice, used leather look as they mold to your baby's feet. They recommend you use them indoors mainly, as the sole is soft, but Elenore loved wearing them everywhere, and soon gave the suede sole a well-used look by tramping through mud, rocky trails, oily parking lots, etc. They have held up perfectly well. They have a basic styles in the two pictures above, but they also have a Mary Jane style that is precious, or the sandal style like the pair I got. And shopping for a design is extra fun as they have them separated into a ton of themes to catch your interest (and help you sort through/keep track of all the fun options), such as Retro Queen, Rock Star, Oriental Delight, Farmyard Friends, Are We There Yet, and much, much more!

Shoe Features:
  • Supple non-slip suede soles ideal for tiled and wooden floors.
  • Soft breathable leather that protects and allows feet to grow naturally
  • Elasticated Ankles for ease of fit and ensures shoes really do stay on
  • Recommended for babies as the next best thing to bare feet
  • Loved by toddlers (This is true, Elenore always chooses these shoes first!)

Other products they carry include a small selection of super cute gift sets the include a onesie that matches the shoe design. Also, gorgeous lambswool receiving blankets that make me want one for myself. And of course I cannot skip over the darling sheepskin Cwtches!
These are little booties and I want them so badly for my new daughter coming next month! Cwtch is the Welsh word for "love" in the form of a hug or cuddle. So darling, right?! 

Our Experience:
I already mentioned how great our experience was with the company, and we got the shoes super fast and in great condition, with even a personal little note to me. They came in a cute little bag that Elenore uses as a purse. She saw them and could hardly wait for me to open them and put them on her feet. I had some great, cute pictures of all the fun packaging, and the first try-on, but they are missing somewhere... Possibly on my desktop which is not yet hooked up after our move... Sorry. I guess there will be less pictures than I thought.

I love how soft they are, and that her feet can breathe in this hot summer weather but still be protected. I can tell that she now thinks her other "regular" shoes are uncomfortable and constructing in comparison. She always requests these shoes. We have worn them everywhere, and they dress up or down surprisingly well. She wears them to church a lot. The soles are now dark from all her abuse, but they shoes still look great, with that nice worn (but not too worn) leather look to them. I think I am definitely going to have to get a few more of these, I just don't know how I am going to pick! This time I just sent them a (long) list of my favorites, and they sent me the one on the top of my list, I don't know how I can do it on my own, there are so many fabulous choices! 
I have no real cons about this shoe, but to come up with just one for fairness sake, sometimes because of the sandal design when I am putting them on Elenore, her little toes get caught in the holes. But that is a minor problem, and only with that style of sandal design, so not much of a con.

Now here are a couple of the fun photos of Elenore loving her Inch Blue shoes! I have more that I will post when I write about our visit to see Jonathan. . . so check them out when I get that posted soon! Thanks again to the wonderful Inch Blue company for sending us these shoes to review!

Elenore telling me her hat has butterflies on it like her shoes... she loves butterflies!

Signing "shoes" - and then running down the hill as fast as she can!

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