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DD is 12.5 months and has just started pulling up/cruising and will be learning to walk this spring/summer. I am looking for a pair of sandals for her. I am not a fan of the robeez type elastic ankle. DD and I both prefer the velcro style opening. So far I have found these pedipeds:<br><a href="http://www.pediped.com/Product/ProductInfo.aspx?id=104&cid=26" target="_blank">http://www.pediped.com/Product/Produ...?id=104&cid=26</a><br><br>
and then these preschoolians:<br><a href="http://preschoolians.com/I'm-Walking-Barefoot-Bahamian-Fuchsia" target="_blank">http://preschoolians.com/I'm-Walking-Barefoot-Bahamian-Fuchsia</a><br><br><a href="http://preschoolians.com/I'm-Walking-Barefoot-Beach-Primary-Multi" target="_blank">http://preschoolians.com/I'm-Walking-Barefoot-Beach-Primary-Multi</a><br><br>
Any other similar styles out there from some other places I don't know about? And open or closed toe for a new walker?<br>
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ds had some preschoolians, though not either of the styles that you posted. I returned a few pairs because I found them particulary hard to get on (I've always had great luck with their customer service, though I've read other posts where people had the opposite experience).<br><br>
ds wears Soft Star shoes most of the time. <a href="http://www.softstarshoes.com/" target="_blank">http://www.softstarshoes.com/</a><br>
The come in velcro, elastic (though not nearly as tight as a robeez type shoe), and tie.
 

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No help to you, except wanted to thank YOU this is EXACTLY what i have been looking for! (the last ones). YAY! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Go you!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ds had some preschoolians, though not either of the styles that you posted. I returned a few pairs because I found them particulary hard to get on (I've always had great luck with their customer service, though I've read other posts where people had the opposite experience).<br><br>
ds wears Soft Star shoes most of the time. <a href="http://www.softstarshoes.com/" target="_blank">http://www.softstarshoes.com/</a><br>
The come in velcro, elastic (though not nearly as tight as a robeez type shoe), and tie.</div>
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I love<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: soft star shoes as well. Their sandals are phenomenal, great color choices. These are my all time favorite. and made in the USA<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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My DD's 1st Birthday is tomorrow and we're searching for the same thing! She's cruising and taking first steps....so we're in the same boat.<br><br>
We do have 2 pairs of Pedipeds. One is a <a href="http://www.pediped.com/Product/ProductInfo.aspx?id=18&cid=25" target="_blank">sandal</a>, similar to your picture. I've noticed the leather is durable, but still hot on her feet. Today it's about 80 degrees and her feet were sweaty and hot, so I took them off when we got home. Also, I think she "walks" much better without them, so I leave her barefoot as much as possible.<br><br>
I LOVE the look of the sandals you linked to. I'm just not sure I can part with 40 bucks for some 4 inch shoes kwim? I have one pair of Birks and other than that, I don't get to spend that much on shoes<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FTeva-Psyclone-Sandals-Toddlers-Infants%2Fdp%2FB000NGQKQ4%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_2%2F002-2571969-3352845%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dapparel%26qid%3D1177443275%26sr%3D8-2" target="_blank">These</a> are cute and probably good quality.<br><br>
I'll be interested in what people find.
 

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FYI If you subscribe to something (a newsletter maybe?) on the preschoolians website you can get 15% off your 1st order so it makes them a little cheaper, but I know what you mean about the $$$$
 

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We had the second preschoolians last year that you posted above. LOVED them!! They held up very well and protected his toes. I'll be getting him another pair for this summer! Incredibly flexible! I've loved all our preschoolians - though they aren't gentle on the pocketbook =(
 

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Oh yeah, a previous thread discussed Crocs. Although that's a lot of $$$ too. But that is my other choice from the preschoolians OP posted. glad to hear other testimonials.<br><br>
Anyone ever try Clarks? They make some cute sandals and other shoes...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We had the second preschoolians last year that you posted above. LOVED them!! They held up very well and protected his toes. I'll be getting him another pair for this summer! Incredibly flexible! I've loved all our preschoolians - though they aren't gentle on the pocketbook =(</div>
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Damn...now I really want some. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Don't tell DH....oops that's another thread.<br><br>
I do believe in paying for quality though. Especially, for things that involve safety and growth vs. vanity. (Britax seats, feet, etc...)
 

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anyone know of a place to get preschoolians besides their website? I would like to see the shoes in person before ordering.
 

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crocs not good for our little one - she takes them right off. better after age 2 i think,<br><br>
excuse cryptic typing - 1 hand...
 

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just came out with a new style in the crocs that looks better for littler ones as they won't slip off foot. The sort of wetsuit-looking material around ankle holds them on. Seem like easy on/off.<br><a href="http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/25596936/c/88397.html" target="_blank">http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/25596936/c/88397.html</a><br>
Spendy, though we are considering them for our 15 mos. old walker as we live in the tropics with lots of sand and water...seems to make sense for us here.
 

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I like both of the sandals you posted that have the closed toe (1 & 3). I've been waiting on getting sandals but after seeing the pedipeds closed toe ones, maybe I'll get them.<br>
Ds has been walking for several months but I don't want him to stub his toes with an open toe. Also, his older friend (2 yrs) frequently got mulch in his open toe sandals at the playground and that really bothered him. So that confirmed for me that I should hold off on open toe sandals for awhile.
 

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Well at 6 1/2 years old I still don't buy my oldest dd open-toed shoes. I just think she'd stub her toes an awful lot. So for her, my 3 1/2 year old girl, and my ds I'd probably get the fisherman-style (closed toe) sandals.<br><br>
I like those softsoled ones, maybe that's what I'll do for ds since he has no handmedowns <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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