**THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED**
Do you watch Shark Tank? You should, seriously. It’s the best show! its smart and interesting, and actually quality reality TV! Plus in my opinion, it’s family friendly. We watched a ton of Shark Tank when Vada was super tiny and just wanted to nurse all evening long. Shark Tank was my savior. I’m Team Lori or maybe Team Mark, I like em both. There are lots of cool products on Shark Tank, and the people are so awesome, its like the American Dream! While watching we always look up the products to see how much they cost, and how the business is doing. One of my favorites was actually a product I had already seen on Instagram. I LOVE INSTAGRAM! Seriously folks, Instagram is so freaking awesome. I don’t even have a love/hate relationship with it like Facebook, Its pure love with me and IG. One of the best things on IG is all the cool kids stuff/fashion, there are so many great kids fashion accounts that I like to peruse. Which brings me to FRESHLY PICKED! Their IG account is filled with adorable kids in cute clothes and their super cute Moccasins! You can watch their founder Susan Petersen on Shark Tank here! Long story short, Freshly Picked so kindly sent me a pair of their Moccasins to review, and even BETTER a pair to give to one of you!
Here are my thoughts on the moccasins:
Colors/styles/branding: I love everything the Freshly Picked company puts out. The colors are amazing and so on trend. They aren’t boring or tacky colors like a lot of kids footwear. I actually had to consult a few of my stylish friends to help me pick a color, I love them all! I also think they get an A+ in marketing. Their logo is adorable, packaging (the cute bag and button!) and their photos and styled shoots are simple, modern and perfect. This goes a long way with me. I love a stylish brand. I’m a sucker for anything by Boon, Oxo, Skip Hop, because they are on top of their game for staying modern, simple and making beautiful functional baby items. Add Freshly Picked to these top brands, because style-wise they are doing it right!
Fit: These booties stay on, they really do. You can also buy up a size and they STILL stay on. My friend Lori bought her son a size 3 when he was just tiny, and he was wearing them every time I saw him, and they never fell off. She finally got him a bigger size about a month ago and passed the little ones onto Vada. The size 3 fit prefect on Vada, and she has to tug REALLY hard to get them off. I went ahead and got a size 4 for her (shown above) and although they are big, they too stay on perfect. They will be great this fall for when she learns to walk!
Crawling & Walking: These shoes are made from durable leather, so they are soft and just slightly “sticky” for babies to crawl on hardwoods or carpet (I’ve heard that the suede version can be a bit too slick on hardwoods). They also are great for wearing indoors to keep feet clean and safe when real shoes aren’t great, almost like stylish socks. We have an indoor play place in Bellingham called Perch And Play, and they have a sock rule, but these would work great there too! Size wise they go all the way up to a 10! I also love that they can be worn with pants, or shorts without socks. We really have avoided socks with Vada, but will probably have to start buying some this winter.
Alright, here’s the big one, PRICE. At $60 a pair, these shoes are totally out of the budget for most people (not the Kardashians though). I will say though, that we bought multiple pairs of another brands booties when Vada was a baby, and she wore them a ton, and I would have happily spent $60 on them. When you find a good, long-lasting product that your kid wears every day, and most importantly that you can buy a little big, and that will still stay on, its worth it. I have also seen lots of people selling gently used Freshly Picked Moccasins on IG, which can also be a great way to try these out. Would I say these are a MUST HAVE, not really, but if you have a grandma who wants to splurge on something special for her new grand baby, send her to Freshly Picked!
WEAR OUT: Another thing I have noticed is that the leather also wears down. The ones Lori gave us are bright blue, but the toes are all scuffed up. This is totally normal wear for leather, and Freshly Picked addresses this on their site here. But if that would big you, you may want to think twice about which color you get. A bigger turn off for me with the rich colors, is that the dye can literally dye your babies feet. Each time Vada has worn the bright blue ones, her feet turn blue. I don’t know exactly why this is, or if its common with other colors, but it made me pick a light color when I got ours. Lastly, you can’t put these in the wash, only wipe them down.
On to the fun stuff! Freshly Picked is giving one of my readers their own pair!
To enter please leave ONE comment below (if you leave more than one comment I will be forced to delete both) stating which moccasin color you like best!
To win you can not have won any other giveaway including a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days. You MUST be a US resident. The giveaway is open until August 10th! Good luck!
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