Posted by Laura Nelson
14 June 2012
Logan's feet have been growing at some rate lately so when SKEANIE offered us a pair of their cute mini loafers to test and review I jumped at the chance. I always like finding different clothes and shoes for Logan to wear and boys attire seems to be less exciting than girls so it was good to see an unusual pair of shoes on the market for a change.
A quick bit about Skeanie: "Starting out in Australia, the SKEANIE brand - loved by little feet around the world – has come to Europe. Its eco-approach only uses offcuts of leather to create stylish shoes that nurture and protect children’s feet. Skeanie was founded by mum of two Natasha Barber. She commenced her soft soled shoe research shortly after her Cheeky Monkey, Hamish was born. Finding high quality soft leather shoes was a challenge. After 2 years of research and design and the birth of her Little Princess, Bella, she launched Skeanie shoes for kids. Since then Skeanie has won much acclaim from mums, podiatrists and paediatricians and is the preferred provider of the Australian Podiatry Association (NSW). Podiatrists and paediatricians around the world have united to recommend Skeanie’s beautiful soft soled shoes for your baby, toddler and young child."
The mini loafers that Logan received are very smart and excellent for wearing casually to playgroup/ nursery or even out to a formal event such as a wedding or christening so brilliantly versatile. Your child will definitely get plenty of wear out of them. When they arrived I couldn't wait to try them on my son and he took an instance interest himself because of the little metal detail which has been stitched onto the front of the shoe. I was surprised to find that when you pull back the collar of the shoe it has elastic stitched into it which I later discovered was Skeanie's fantastic Flex-ease design. This is perfect for little feet as it helps you to slip the shoes on quickly and comfortably and when worn it keeps them in place so your child can walk easily without the shoes slipping off.
These shoes are very soft and very flexible, I can only imagine they might feel like slippers as they look so comfortable. Lots and lots of mums have commented on them, the way they look, the way they feel, the unusual Flex-ease design and ofcourse how comfortable Logan looks in them when he's running around. They've definitely been causing a stir. No wonder though, the stitching on these shoes is just lovely and they have been well put together. I scrutinised them for flaws such as loose threading, sole coming away from the leather etc and there's nothing to be found. Skeanie really have done an excellent job. I also like the fact that the sole of the shoes is extra grippy with little nodules to help keep your little one from slipping.
You can purchase these Loafers from Size 22 to 28 and Skeanie provide a handy sizing guide on their website which is pretty easy to use. These mini loafers cost RRP £34.99 and can be purchased directly from www.skeanie.co.uk
Overall fabulous shoes and ones which I cannot fault. They are pricey however all good children's shoes are and you'll get a ton of wear out of these so they're definitely worth investing in. You want the best for your child's feet as they're still growing and need the right support and these shoes really fit the bill. My son also likes them which is a big plus, he's happy to wear them and won't take them off which he does with other shoes so that's all the approval I need.
Mummies rating - 10/10
Logan's rating - 10/10