So with the perfect dress and hat, you have to have the perfect shoes!!! Ella has gone from a size 6 to a size 9 in 4 months. She stayed at a 6 for a very long time and then they all of a sudden they grew like crazy. We weren't prepared for colder weather, so I started to do some research about children's shoes.
Did you know that 99% of the shoes purchased in the USA and Canada are imported from Asia or South America and are often made with unhealthy and polluting processes? 99% of the shoes are made with a formaldehyde tanning process, which is unhealthy for the environment and YOU! Formaldehyde (a classified probable human carcinogen) can be absorbed through your skin and it can be a skin irritant. Some people have developed hives, rashes and even burning sensations from the chemical. It also poisons ground water downstream from tanneries. But luckily there are some great Eco-friendly companies out there like Soft Star Shoes who want to make a difference for you and the environment!
Soft Star Shoes uses as little chemicals as possible in their shoes. They understand that infants like to put shoes in their mouths, and it's important to create something safe for everyone. The Soft Star elves make sure there is no formaldehyde in any shoe and that they meet the highest safety standards. Soft Star Shoes believes that barefoot is the best. Obviously you can't go around barefoot all of the time, so they have created shoes that emulate bare feet. Their soles have no heels, arch support or other "molding" features. They are slip resistant, shock absorbent and flexible. And their materials make it easy for your child's feet to breathe instead of getting all hot and sweaty. Soft Star Shoes carries sizes for babies, toddlers, youth and adults. They also have a vegan line!
Soft Star Shoes is a USA company. Many shoe companies use materials from other countries and are shipped over 11,000 miles to get to their destination. By purchasing USA made products you are helping reduce the carbon footprint, plus you are supporting US jobs. Soft Star Shoes is 100% powered by solar and wind power! That's impressive! They are part of the Blue Sky renewable energy program- which means they are paying more for power to reduce the carbon footprint and protecting our natural resources. Their production scraps are sorted and reused or recycled to local charities. They are a truly amazing Eco-friendly company in all aspects.
When I received our pair of Soft Star Shoes I was a little bit hesitant about there being no arch support. Ella's arches have just developed and I was worried she might twist her ankle. But, after our photoshoot and watching her run around for 3 hours all of my worries were put to rest. It was just as if she was running around with bare feet. She's had issues falling with lots of the shoes she's worn this summer and even while running on slippery floors, she didn't fall in her new shoes.These are the Mary Jane- Naomi Chocolate shoes available in sizes 4-13. They also come in wide, narrow or regular, which I loved because Ella has chubby little feet. The shoes have a Velcro feature, so it is great for her to put on or take off. They have a cute heart cutout below the toes. The leather is super soft and formed to Ella's feet. They were tough to get on at first, but after some wear, they were easier to get on. These are seriously my favorite shoes Ella has owned!
The Giveaway: Soft Star Shoes wants to give 1 lucky reader a $20 off coupon!
The Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST October 7, 2009 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open to the US
How to Enter: Go to Soft Star Shoes and tell me which pair of shoes you'd get if you won. Make sure to leave your email address!! I cannot contact the winner without it!
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