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How to Feel Good About Your School Shoes Shopping

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Donate old shoes for back-to-school shoppingFor those little feet that always seem to be growing, it can feel like you’re constantly buying new shoes. But rather than throwing out his old shoes the next time you need a new pair, you can now do some good (and save some green) in the process.

Through Sept. 30, as part of the “Big Hearts, Little Shoes” campaign, Stride Rite is teaming up with the international charity, Soles4Souls to donate as many shoes as they can collect to children in need both here in the U.S. and abroad.

For every pair donated in-store throughout September customers will get 20 percent off a same-day purchase of new shoes. And as a bonus with that purchase, families will also receive a certificate for a free class at The Little Gym. (You can also donate online and still receive the 20 percent off.)

Hundreds of millions of children live in extreme poverty throughout the world, and these kids might not have access to adequate footwear, which leaves them more susceptible to disease and often, unable to attend school. Soles4Souls has provided shoes to kids in nearly every state in the U.S. at homeless shelters and disaster areas, among others areas, as well as to dozens of other countries around the world.

Back to School: British Rock
Back to School: British Rock
Back to School: British Rock

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Pair of Robeez® Shoes

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

We agree that a baby’s bare feet are super cute, but keeping little piggies safe when toddling around outside is important, too! 

To get you ready for the fall season, Robeez® is giving away a pair of shoes to FIVE (5) lucky winners, each pair worth approximately $20. Each winner will get to choose the pair of Robeez shoes of his or her choice for their little one.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day September 10. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on September 11 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!


Congrats to our FIVE (5) winners: Melanie Fee, Anna Pry, Evan Rollins, Brandy Husted-Yaist and Nicole Marie. Please check you “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!

Trying to pick your baby’s first pair of shoes? Watch the video for tips on choosing the perfect fit.

How to Buy Baby's First Shoes
How to Buy Baby's First Shoes
How to Buy Baby's First Shoes

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Pair of Heelys Skate Sneakers

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Buying new shoes for your kids is no longer just a back-to-school ritual. With summer here, and kids wanting to run around and play all day, don’t be surprised if your kid requests Heelys. They’re sneakers with a wheel in the heel. Your child can choose if he or she wants to walk, run, or skate–just by shifting their weight!

Kids wearing Heelys should also wear a helmet and pads, just like they’re on roller skates or a skateboard. Watch the YouTube video from the company to see how to use Heelys safely. The advantage of Heelys is that the wheels pop out, so your kid can, for instance, walk-skate to a friend’s house and then remove the wheels and walk right inside without changing shoes or carrying a big piece of equipment.

Heelys (a part of Sequential Brands Group, Inc.) is offering TWO lucky readers a chance to win a pair of their skate sneakers; winners get to choose a style, and most styles are worth approximately $70. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day June 30th. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on July 1 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

And here’s a good place to take your kid-on-wheels: Your local library! Free air conditioning and books sounds like a good afternoon to us…

Congrats to our TWO winners, Kristen Mcclary and Emily Wozniak Braun! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

By Editor Susan Yoo-Lee

 As a result of the shorter holiday shopping season, retailers are hoping to cash-in on sales by offering great deals before Black Friday and Cyber Monday even roll around.

 Here are some of the best deals across the web to help you meet your holiday shopping needs this year:

  1. Need toys and games for your little love bugs? Save $20 off your toy and game purchase over $200 at Sears. Use coupon code STOYS20. Expires 12/31/2013.
  2. If you’re one of the many millions planning to travel this holiday season, Budget car rental has an incredible offer for you. Until the end of this year, you can save 40% off your car rentals at Budget by using coupon code U347956. Expires 12/31/2013.
  3. Who doesn’t love Legos?  Get a free holiday set with your LEGO purchase over $99. Plus, you get free shipping. No code needed. Expires 10/31/2013.
  4. It’s getting colder as we write. If you need to get new shoes for your entire family, save $20 off your purchase over $100 at on Amazon. Use coupon code FLOWER13. Limited time offer and can expire anytime.
  5. Your four-legged family members also deserve some nice holiday gifts! At PetSmart, you can save $3 off your purchase over $10. Use coupon code BDAY10CAT13. Expires 11/04/2013.


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What To Do With Your Kids’ Outgrown Shoes

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Is your little one outgrowing her shoes so quickly that you now have a pile of sneakers she no longer wants or needs? Instead of throwing them away, consider donating them to the “Big Hearts, Little Shoes” initiative instead. This shoe drive is a joint effort between The Little Gym, a chain of learning and physical development centers for kids, and Soles4Souls, the world’s largest provider of shoes to families in need. Outgrown shoes can be dropped off at Little Gym locations, even if your child does not attend classes there. And don’t worry if the shoes are worn out from lots of playtime, because Soles4Souls will still find a use for them by recycling the materials. This way, you clear off some extra space on the family shoe rack and children in need benefit from your donation. Plus, your kids will learn about charity and helping others. It’s a win-win. Find your nearest drop-off location and start spreading the love now.

Photo courtesy of The Little Gym.

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Meet My New Flip Flops

Monday, June 6th, 2011

As a health editor, I feel conflicted about wearing flip flops. I know they’re bad for me—I’ve heard podiatrists say that they can be as harmful as 4″ heels—but when the warm weather arrives, I can’t resist. Surely you can relate.

But now maybe I don’t have to resist. I’m wearing a new-to-me brand, called Okabashi, and they are so comfortable. First of all, even in the midst of our little heatwave here in NYC, they haven’t caused any new-shoe or heat-induced blisters. Second, they offer good arch support, unlike the other kinds I wear. Third, they grip my feet so that I don’t almost walk out of them with every step, and they grip the ground so that I don’t fall on my butt like I did in the lobby of my office building one night a few weeks ago.

Hoping they weren’t too good to be true, I checked with Hal Goolman, D.P.M., a podiatrist at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster, New Hampshire. He liked what he saw, particularly the fact that the shoe has a deep heel cup and good arch support. He points out that you generally want to avoid flip flops if you’ve certain foot conditions, like plantar fasciitis, which leads to heel pain. But if you’re determined to wear them, try a model with a bit of a raised heel because that takes some of the tension off the plantar fascia.

Other reasons I’m flipping over these flops: They’re easy to clean (you can even throw ‘em in the dishwasher), they’re made in the U.S., and they’re inexpensive. The pair I’m sporting are $15.

Okabashi boasts having sold more than 30 million pairs. Anyone else out there a convert?

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Look What We Found! Slip-On Winter Booties

Friday, February 11th, 2011

397M_2Now that snowstorms across the U.S. are slowing down, it’s time to stop shoveling the snow and move onto something more fun: playing in it!

We just found Stonz Wear booties, which slip on over your little one’s shoes for playtime in the snow or to keep her dry and warm on those blustery winter days. We love them because they’re adjustable, so they’ll fit from the time your child is an infant until he’s a toddler. They come in a number of cute designs, for about $40 per pair. Our favorite part? They’re machine-washable, so they’ll look like new even after three winters of wear.

Get them at the Stonz Wear web site. If you have an older toddler, you can check out their larger styles here.

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These (Little) Shoes are Made for Shoppin’

Monday, November 30th, 2009

6a00d8341c30cf53ef0120a6ad8ca1970c-250wiWe love shopping for shoes but know how hard it can be when buying kicks for toddlers, which is why we think TinySoles is great!

It was founded by three moms who were frustrated finding kids footwear near their homes and online. They test every pair of shoes on their own kids, and if they aren’t satisfied with the product, you won’t see it for sale on their site.

The store is easy to navigate and features boots, sandals and dress shoes for babies to kids’ size 13. TinySoles offers free shipping on orders over $20 and daily deals. My favorite part is the simple return policy: if your little one (or you) is not happy with the footwear, you just ship the unworn shoes back within 45 days for a full refund or exchange.

For our shoe-buying tips, check out “My First Shoes” on page 172 of our October issue.

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