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We love our Robeez, but need something to wear outside when the ground is wet because its been raining or snowing, or we're going somewhere there might be mud, etc. Robeez just soak through. I still prefer her to be in flexible shoes though, is there an option like this? (She's 2 and about a size 5ish I think.)<br><br>
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We buy our son stride rites. Most styles offer a pretty flexible sole.<br><br><a href="http://www.striderite.com/custserv/whystrideritemain.jsp?cid=213" target="_blank">http://www.striderite.com/custserv/w...in.jsp?cid=213</a><br><br>
We have been very happy with every pair that we've purchased. They wear very well and hold up well in snowy/rainy conditions.
 

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I've heard those are nice! I just went to the website and geez, $50 for my toddlers shoes? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've heard those are nice! I just went to the website and geez, $50 for my toddlers shoes? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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IME, paying a little more for good quality is VERY worth it for children's shoes. I have friends who refuse to buy anything more expensive than the tennis shoes in Target...but their children will go through a pair of shoes in a month! They would end up buying several pairs in the same size. My kids are active and get lots of miles out of their shoes, but I've never had a pair of Stride Rites or Geox shoes wear out before the child grew out of them. IMHO, buying one pair of expensive shoes is worth it if the tradeoff is to buy several pairs of the less-expensive shoes. I think in the long run, I'm often spending less total money on shoes than my friends who buy the cheap ones.
 

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We've been quite happpy with our Livie & Luca shoes... super flexible and not quite as pricey as Stride Rites (although, living in Canada, we pay an extra premium for Stride Rites.) However, it didn't take my son long to trash the inside of the Livie & Lucas with his bare, sweaty sand-covered-from-the-sandbox feet. For my DS anway, I highly recommend socks to preserve the shoes!<br><br><a href="http://livieandluca.com/" target="_blank">http://livieandluca.com/</a>
 

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I agree that kids definitely need quality shoes... I just want them to be cheaper. lol No really, I do see your point hubris. What are Geox?
 

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i got striderites at jcpenney for $22
 

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I got ds's stride rites on clearance for $19. I still let him wear the Robeez to church because he's inside the whole time, but I encourage the Stride Rites for outdoor play and he loves them. He says that they are good for kicking, climbing, running, walking, riding (his bike), jumping, and walking backwards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We've gotten quite a few pairs of almost new striderites at thrift stores and garage sales. My mom bought ds a new pair and they are wearing like steel -- and ds takes after me by wearing them hard.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">IME, paying a little more for good quality is VERY worth it for children's shoes. I have friends who refuse to buy anything more expensive than the tennis shoes in Target...but their children will go through a pair of shoes in a month! They would end up buying several pairs in the same size. My kids are active and get lots of miles out of their shoes, but I've never had a pair of Stride Rites or Geox shoes wear out before the child grew out of them. IMHO, buying one pair of expensive shoes is worth it if the tradeoff is to buy several pairs of the less-expensive shoes. I think in the long run, I'm often spending less total money on shoes than my friends who buy the cheap ones.</div>
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ITA. ds usually grows out of his stride rites in 6-7 months, but even after being used on a daily basis they are in very good condition. We just gave my SIL 3 pairs for our nephew to wear and they were all in great condition despite the wear and tear of a toddler. I'm pretty sure that they could even be used again after he is done with them.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree that kids definitely need quality shoes... I just want them to be cheaper. lol No really, I do see your point hubris. What are Geox?</div>
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Hope I didn't sound preachy, I didn't mean it that way! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Geox is a brand that makes shoes that have perforations in the soles so that they breathe. They don't let water in but they do let air circulate. DS1 has mostly worn Geox since getting out of flexible shoes and into something more structured, and man, they're very nice, seem really comfortable, and they take a beating and still look awesome. I haven't found a preschool-aged style that I like yet, but the toddler styles were perfect for our needs.
 

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You can try <a href="http://www.seekairun.com" target="_blank">www.seekairun.com</a> they have a ruber sole or <a href="http://www.pediped.com" target="_blank">www.pediped.com</a> both are miles more flexible then stride rite and about $30. Stride rite, IMO is a total rip off since they are ugly, stiff, and expensive.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You can try <a href="http://www.seekairun.com" target="_blank">www.seekairun.com</a> they have a ruber sole or <a href="http://www.pediped.com" target="_blank">www.pediped.com</a> both are miles more flexible then stride rite and about $30. Stride rite, IMO is a total rip off since they are ugly, stiff, and expensive.</div>
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Ooh, I didnt think the Pedipeds would be water resistant - you think they are? I might go for those since they're more flexible...
 

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We LOVE See Kai Runs and they're about 30.00.... well worth the price IMO
 

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Stride Rites are very stiff in comparison to See Kai Runs. My daughter only wears SKR's, I've found them to be the best shoe for us.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We love our Robeez, but need something to wear outside when the ground is wet because its been raining or snowing, or we're going somewhere there might be mud, etc. Robeez just soak through. I still prefer her to be in flexible shoes though, is there an option like this? (She's 2 and about a size 5ish I think.)<br><br>
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I LOVE Pedipeds.<br><br><a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/NWT-Nordstroms-Pediped-Hanna-Pink-Fur-Boot-18-24-month_W0QQitemZ160152016943QQihZ006QQcategoryZ147300QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">I got a pair of these for the upcoming winter months.</a> The seller was great, they shipped fast and arrived just as described. I paid $22 plus shipping, which I thought was a pretty good deal.<br><br>
I saw them at a local boutique store for $35.00 plus tax!!<br><br>
They have a brown pair if pink's not your thing.
 

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Pedipeds are ok to get wet, but they might not do so well in slush and puddles. SKR would be good for that, as would Pedoodles. There's also Komfort Kidz, which is very similar to Pedoodles but quite a bit cheaper.
 

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I asked this exact question a few weeks ago in finding your tribe and got about the same answers as here. I got him some stride rites at the factory outlet mall for $29 and they're quite stiff! they are advertised as being 'close to barefoot' or some such thing but they're really quite stiff and baby trips a lot and has a hard time walking in them.<br>
I also have SKR and love them, and got a pair of Nikes on sale for $13 that work really well, baby has no trouble walking in them.
 
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