When I was pregnant one of the things I looked forward to most was dressing my baby. What could be more fun? I remember the day I bought Cooper his first pair of converse. He was three months old and I decided it was about time he went to the mall. It was a big event. I packed a huge bag. I drug a friend along. Really, I just needed to get out of the house and do something. I thought it would go great. I went into it with such confidence. I got this. Ha! I was so naive. We made it from the car to the entrance of H&M before he freaked and demanded to be held. Right! Now! So there I was, baby on one hip, pushing a stroller, and still looking through the racks of clothes. My friend asked if we should just go home. Nope! We are here and we are completing this mission. I’m not afraid of him, I declared. But really, I was terrified. Please don’t cry. We made it out of H&M, simultaneously downed a bottle and an iced coffee in Starbucks, and were in the clear before I realized we had one more stop to make. How could I forget? It was one of the whole reasons for the trip. SHOES!
We needed to get to Foot Locker and it was on the other side of the mall and I was tired and ready to go home. But I would not be defeated. So we hoofed it, bags piled in the stroller, baby on one hip. We made it to Foot Locker and were standing in line when he started doing this impressive back bend movement and rubbing his face and I knew we were treading in dangerous water. On the way home, shoes in hand (well, in a bag in the backseat but stay with me here) I felt like I kicked the days ass. We did it. And when we got in the door the first thing I did was put on the shoes. I was so excited to slip those little converse on my baby’s feet, until I realized just how ridiculous they were. Laces for a baby? Who was I kidding? After 5 minutes of loosening and pushing I finally got them on. And they were so cute! But in no time he had the laces untied and was trying to put them in his mouth. We still wear them sometimes, but I dread putting them on every time.
The point of this whole story? Baby shoes are a pain! Who knew?
That’s when I started looking around for another option. I’m not a huge fan of open toed sandals on a boy and the idea of flip flops rubbing between his sweet toes didn’t thrill me. Then I noticed all the cool kids (even the celebrities) were running around in moccasins. Slip ons! And so cute! When I got an email from Freshly Picked, started by fellow mom Susan Peterson in 2009 with nothing more than an idea and a bag of scraps, with the opportunity to review a pair of moccasins I was in, no questions asked. I had been following them on Instagram and lusting over my very own pair for a long time, but was never able to justify the hefty price tag. We ordered a size 2 in Walnut, and so far, I absolutely love them and I can tell why they cost so much. These things are an investment. They are extremely well made, come in more colors than could ever exist in the rainbow, and the packaging? I’m a sucker for cute packaging.
The leather is soft and buttery so I don’t have to worry about them hurting his feet if he’s not wearing socks, there is hidden elastic around the top to ensure they stay, and the vents on each side will surely help keep things circulating in the dreadfully humid South Florida Summer. While ours still a little big (which I like), they go with everything in his closet and I can already tell we’re going to get plenty of use out of them. He isn’t doing a whole lot besides sitting, drooling on everything, and trying to crawl, so we haven’t seen much wear and tear yet but I’m looking forward to seeing where these shoes take us. Looking at them all fresh and new makes me think about the day, years from now, when I’ll pull them out of his baby box and they’re scuffed, worn in, and full of adventure!
Freshly Picked is generously allowing me to giveaway a pair of moccasins (any size, any color) to one of YOU! To enter just leave a comment below telling me which color you would pick if you won. Please note: Must be 18+, a US resident, and not have won any other pairs of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days to win. The winner has 48 hours to respond or else a new winner will be chosen.
The contest ends on Friday and a winner will be announced on Monday, June 23rd.
disclosure | this post was sponsored by Freshly Picked. all opinions are my own.