Introducing Dani - Designer Highlights

Say hello to our newest Flex style Dani!  With a durable rubber sole, eye-catching color options, and a perfect fit, we know your little ones will love this fun addition to the pediped® family!   


   
   
Check out Dani in 4 different colorways!
(Top: Black, Dusty Rose Botton: Earth, Navy // Click to Product Page)


For our new line of street styles, we started completely from scratch, even designing a new outsole. Our new soles feature a 100% rubber outsole, a woven midsole for flexibility, and a foam cushion lined footbed. Our Street Soles were designed to look like popular, vulcanized soles, but with improved durability and protection.

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Dani may be the first arrival, but don’t forget to keep an eye out for Barbara, Logan, and Eclipse who are coming soon!
 
Wait until you see the other colors!

What do you think of Dani and our new Street Soles? Let us know in the comments!

What happened to the bear?


If you've been with pediped® since we began--you may have noticed a few changes!  

This was our first logo when we were known as PediPeds, used in our first catalog for spring 2005 and the first appearance of "Barry"--the bear!


Not long after (the next season, actually), we evolved into this, choosing our signature, gender-neutral purple.  At the time, not many companies used purple, so we loved its uniqueness.


Finally in 2009 and 2010, we arrived at the logos you all know.  As we moved on to selling more than the best baby shoes ever, and started making shoes for toddlers and big kids, Angela struggled with the idea of letting Barry go.  She soon realized that as the brand had evolved, so did the logo.

Which logo did you start with?  Do you miss Barry?



Baby's First Shoe

Whether you’re a new mom or buying a baby shower gift, there can be a surprising amount of research and thought needed before you pick out the right one! Below are important factors to consider when selection proper footwear:

Is Barefoot Best?

It’s suggested that barefoot is better for babies learning how to walk. They can curl and grip their toes on the ground as they build the strength of the foot and arch.  However, when barefoot isn’t practical—when it’s too hot, or cold, or if you just want to keep baby's feet protected, shoes are the way to go!

The Originals® Difference


The soft, flexible soles of Originals® are recommended by pediatricians and podiatrists because they allow children to closely mimic barefoot walking. Not only is the all natural leather sole on Originals® incredibly flexible, but it also features a diamond tread to provide slip resistance. Originals® are made of the highest quality leather on the market and they also feature a soft foam insert between leather layers. pediped® Originals are the best first shoe ever and ideal for infants and children learning to walk so they can feel and grip the floor. 

Fit is Key

70% of foot problems come from improper footwear or ill-fitting shoes, which can impede a baby’s ability to perform typical gross motor movements and, of course, can be very uncomfortable. While it may seem like it’s too big, room in the toe box is important for the toes to have the proper space to move comfortably in Originals® genuine leather soles! Keep in mind that baby's feet grow in spurts and often require new shoes every three to six months. 

Looking for the perfect gift for a baby shower?

Check out these Gift Boxes!


Congratulations...

Big congratulations to David on winning the one-of-a-kind Flex Rolands in Clay/Apricot for our second Designer Closet Giveaway!


"I am a Daddy of two sons. I guess mostly moms are interested in comments.  :  )
We love Rolands Shoes. The colors are beautifully juxtaposed by Autumn colors. Very well layered by orange, light brown and dark brown. Particularly, the use of two different colored shoe laces is stunning. If it is used with one color, the shoes would be little monotonous. Most of all, the red highlighted (P) embodies not only Pediped but also fruit in the fall season. This idea of using red color was creative. Then, the red stitches on the heel make this shoe more not machine made but human made item. Like more human and environmental friendly shoes.

I strongly recommend this shoe!! I wish you have an adult one.
Yes!! My kid is ready for this shoes.  This coming fall, let's go hiking with daddy. 
Mommy needs a rest! : )"

We can't wait for you to receive them--and we seriously appreciate everyone else's comments on them!



Keep an eye out on this blog--we have even more one-of-a-kind shoes to pull out from the Designer's Closet!  What kind of shoes would you wanna see come out of hiding next?

Designer's Closet Giveaway: Roland Clay/Apricot



We dove back into the Designer's Closet and picked out a style that is perfect for the coming fall season!  Meet Roland Clay Apricot:


It's always a sad moment when a shoe doesn't make it to production for any reason--like there not being any room in the upcoming lineup for Roland! From the red stitching to the apricot accent colors, it was hard to say goodbye.


Win these Rolands (size EU27) just by commenting and letting us know your thoughts on them! 
Did we miss the mark and should we have made room for Roland?

Valid of US Residents only. No purchase necessary to Enter or Win. Must comment on this blog post to be considered to win one (1) pair of Roland Clay Paricot in size EU27. Winner will be contacted via comment reply & e-mail. Winner will be announced Tuesday, August 15, 2017. No returns or exchanges.

EDIT: Sorry guys, wrong winner announcement date!  Winner will be announced Tuesday, August 15!

pediped's Story: Orginals

pediped® footwear was founded in 2005 by Angela and Brian Edgeworth. After their first daughter Caroline was born, Angela started to do a lot of thinking about footwear and the kind of shoes that would be best for her child. She wanted a shoe that was comfortable and stylish and that could be worn both indoors and out. Most importantly, she wanted a shoe that was healthy for her daughter’s feet.

Some of our very early boys' Originals®

After doing a lot of research, Angela discovered that doctors recommended barefoot walking or soft leather sole shoes, but the choices for infants and toddlers were limited. That is when Angela and her husband Brian decided to create the perfect shoe, which would be the "next best thing to bare feet”.

Some of our very early girls' Originals®

Angela and Brian designed a few styles and approached a local store in Santa Monica called Pump Station and asked if they would be interested in carrying them—and they said yes!  They grew quickly from 0 stores to carrying pediped® to more than 4000!

Angela and her daughters as seen in our Spring/Summer 2006 catalog

When did you get your first pediped® Originals? Is there an old style you haven't seen in a while that you miss??
Let us know in the comments!  

And the winner is...

Congratulations to the first Designer Closet Giveaway winner Julianne L from California!

These are so cute!! I wish they made it all the way to production. They're sporty like a tennis shoe but stylish to wear with skirts and dresses. I would like to see more shoes like this. When I buy your shoes, they're distinctly a Mary Jane or distinctly a tennis shoe. But when I look at this shoe, like I previously said, it looks like it's an all-around shoe. The size would fit my daughter and hope I win them for her.


Your one-of-a-kind pair of Flex Gehrig Chocolate Berry will soon be in your daughter's hands! We loved hearing from all of you and getting all your comments! Here are some of our favorites:

Really cute and original - a good example of what makes pediped so special. If these terrific shoes did not make production, the craft and skill of designers is well apparent! -Liam

Honest feedback on this pair: I think you made a good move. While I think the color mix is beautiful, the shoe wouldn't be the first pick of my little daughter. Here's why: the side view just sings as those colors meet and mix. However, the view from the top looking down is off-putting. Very heavy brown. The girl drawn to the side of the shoe with all the sparkles and color might not like them from the perspective of looking down at them while on her feet. Perhaps if the brown were a deep brownish purple? What do we love? We love the Sahara flex shoes. They are our go-to shoes for summer for our active, muddy kids. I love the Sarah mary jane shoe in Navy. We've not tried them but those lilac mini flex shoes look classic & adorable. We love the dark blue boys shoe you don't make any more... Mars? or something like that. We love our outdoor rugged shoes in whatever loud or crazy colors the kids love. For our everyday shoes, I love having classic options with color schemes that can be used with clothes that are a bit dressier. At the rate kids grow out of shoes, it's nice to have an option for my toddler son (like those all-dark-blue mars shoes) that he can wear as running shoes, but can also wear with dress clothes. We adore pediped! Thank you for making great shoes! -Jeana

The sparkle flare is perfect but not over-the-top girly with the overlap of the brown. The velcro straps are clutch and the purple soul helps match both black and brown-based outfits. My little monster Cece would adore these. -Patti

Stay tuned--another one-of-a-kind design from the Designer's Closet will be up for grabs again!

What kind of a shoe do you want to see pulled out next? Let us know in the comments!

From the Designer's Closet: A One-of-a-Kind Giveaway!

Our really great shoes make their way from design to sample and finally into production, but sometimes even a few of our team’s favorites don’t make it all the way to the end.

As part of our official launch to Heart & Sole, the official pediped Blog, we’re starting our first giveaway of these one-of-a-kind designs that have been locked away in our Designer Closet. These shoes only had a single pair made and have never been sold on pediped or pediped Outlet!

Meet Gehrig Chocolate/Berry

Check out the sparkle textile upper! Get the glitter look without the mess!

   

“Gehrig Chocolate Berry colorway was nostalgic to us as a design team since it closely mimics one of our oldie but goodie styles; Dierdre. Unfortunately, we can't include ALL of the creations we develop in production... We thought someone just as unique as this ONE of a kind pair would love to own them.”

- Jenevieve F. | Designer
(pictured left)

We’ll be periodically bringing out more one-of-a-kind pairs of shoes like Gehrig Chocolate Berry and want to hear from you guys! Did we make a mistake by not putting it into production? What do you want to see more of?

Win these Gehrigs (size EU27) just by commenting and letting us know your thoughts!

Valid of US Residents only. No purchase necessary to Enter or Win. Must comment on this blog post to be considered to win one (1) pair of Gehrig Chocolate Berry in size EU27. Winner will be contacted via comment reply & e-mail. Winner will be announced Thursday, July 20, 2017. No returns or exchanges.

Discover Adventure

“Because the greatest part of an adventure isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.” – Unknown

Summer is here and we know your little one probably can’t get enough of the sunshine, opportunities to explore, and that puddle of water, or worse mud, that may be calling their name.

We also know you want the best for your kids – high-quality clothing, a first-rate education, the most memorable adventures, and of course the happiest, healthiest feet. (All the better to explore with!) Apart from a focus on healthy foot development and comfort, here’s three (completed!) equations that point to you (and your little explorer) loving our Adventure Line.

WATER-SAFE + MACHINE WASHABLE = COMFORTABLE, EASY-TO-CLEAN STYLES. From sand and surf to rocky mountain tops and dusty trails, our adventure styles remain light-weight, dry quickly for ultimate comfort, and continue to look great no matter how long your little one spends exploring. We know what you’re thinking – if you take a little dirt and add even a dash of water, that’s an equation that’s bound to end in absolute disaster. But there’s no need to worry, our adventure styles can easily be tossed in the washing machine to keep them looking clean and smelling fresh.

ADORABLE COLORS + DURABILITY = SHOES THEY CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF. From bold blue to bright purple to earthy browns and greens, we have something to suit every kiddo’s taste. Trust us – they can feel the difference too! With flexible rubber soles and protective toe-caps, they’ll take on water, dirt, sand, and rocks in ease.

VEGAN + ECO-FRIENDLY MATERALS = SHOES YOU CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT. Our eco-friendly material is made without any solvents during the manufacturing process, resulting in reduced carbon dioxide emission and less use of water and energy. Not to mention, all of our adventure styles are 100% vegan, meaning they are made with no animal products or by-products. Saving the environment one pair at a time. It’s a pretty incredible feeling, right?

If you loved our interpretation of math, then we know you’ll love these real customer reviews on the popular Adventure Line styles, Canyon and Minnie, too.

“Very comfortable sandals that fit my son's feet perfectly. The color combo makes it easy to coordinate with all his summer outfits, and the fact that they're washable is a bonus. My son has worn pediped shoes since he started walking, and I have never had trouble with sizing so I'm confident enough to have them sent from overseas (I live in Europe) without him having to try them on beforehand.” – ABOUT CANYON

“Bought these for my daughter for summer camp. The very first day worn and she told me she was so happy with the shoes because they were so comfortable. I noticed the sole is very flexible and the insole has some nice cushion. They are a great outdoor play + water shoe, so no need to change shoes. Loved them so much, I just bought another pair one size up.” – ABOUT CANYON

“The moment I tried these adorable comfy shoes on my daughter she did not want to take them off!” – ABOUT MINNIE

“I love this shoe. It is very easy for my daughter to get on, very comfortable for her to wear and so far is very durable. She ran through lots of water with it on the first day and it did not lose its look plus it dried really fast so she was not uncomfortable with it when it was wet. It is going to be her go to play and water shoe this summer for sure.” – ABOUT MINNIE)

What is your kiddo’s favorite pediped® Adventure Line style? Show us your adventures by tagging @pedipedfootwear on Instagram for a chance to be featured.

Celebrate the 4th in Style!

“To be an American is great, because I have freedom of speech; I can go to school to get an education; I have a great family; and you can go wherever you want to.” – Ciara W., Age 10

One of America’s most celebrated holidays is right around the corner, and we’re beyond excited. What is your favorite 4th of July tradition? Is it the delicious food (hello cheeseburgers on the grill!)? Is it the memories you make while playing silly games with loved ones (we’re lookin’ at you Watch Ya Mouth!)? Or maybe it’s watching a beautiful display of fireworks explode across the night sky with your friends and family.

Whether you’ll be celebrating with a mouth-watering BBQ at the beach, a fun family gathering at the park, or a lazy and relaxing day at home, we want to help your kiddo’s independent style shine this Independence Day.

They’ll definitely be the center of attention in these adorable kicks! The best part about these 4th of July styles (other than how adorable and comfy they are!) is the versatility that allows them to be worn all summer long.

Keep it simple and focus on bright summer colors. You’ll spend less, and they’ll still be the most adorable kiddo at the party!

Show off your active toddler’s fun and bold style with this cute American-themed navy blue and white top. Paired with simple shorts and comfy kicks, your kiddo is sure to be the life of the party!

We get it - sometimes as kiddos get older it can become increasingly difficult to get them to dress up for the holidays. Not to worry! Pair this cute 4th of July denim blazer with simple khaki pants and patriotic boat shoes for an outfit that even your picky pre-teen will love.

Show us how your kiddos sported their pediped® style this Independence Day by tagging @pedipedfootwear on Instagram for a chance to be featured.