A good friend of mine has her own company called Monkey Toes — Jen, a mom of three, started the company 10 years ago and was hand painting each pair of her very cute shoes. Check out all the products here. Pictured to the left is the pair we were able to try out — the size 7, Shiver Mary Janes – perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Monkey Toes tennis shoes (with laces or lace free) come in sizes 4 through 8 and Mary Janes with the elastic buckle come in sizes 3-7 so your child can be in their first pair from the moment they start to walk! My older daughter has biggerfeet and is jealous she cannot get them in a size 10… yet 🙂
They are comfortable and easy to slip on and off. If you get the mary janes (with the elastic strap), you may need to figure out, when you first get them, the proper fit for your child’s foot and may need to poke an extra hole if the strap does not fit. Some kids have smaller feet than others. But once you do, then you will not have to fool with the strap again unless you want to, of course. If you go with the tennis shoes, I really think it is a good idea to try to shoeless laces and that way, they can slip them on and off themselves. My husband was frustrated initially with the MJs because we did not know they were elastic slip on and also we had to poke an extra hole to make them a little tighter for our monkey with tiny, small feet. But, once you figure these out, they are pretty easy!
Additionally, every pair of the monkey-toes shoes are packaged in adorable keepsake boxes which coordinate with each styleof shoes. The company also includes trading cards in every box – keep them or share them with friends. In our case, my girls fought over them – oh oh! Try to have plenty on hand. Retail price is $29.99 available online at www.monkey-toes.com or available at specialtygift stores nationwide. Considering I spend $20-$35 at stride rite on shoes for the kids, I think this is reasonable and you can also buy accessories at the website as well. Check it out – the pumpkin shoes are perfect for fall – in mary jane style or tennis shoe and no-tie laces are only $2.00.
And, my friend at Monkey-Toes is giving Get Clued In readers is a special deal through November 15 at Monkey-Toes– 25% OFF your purchase. What a great deal – for the shoes that is over $7.00 off the retail price. Don’t miss this opportunity, and enter CODE: GCI2011 check-out.