September 15th, 2009

Robeez Slip-on Shoes

If you have floors like ours, you understand that it is not 100% safe to walk around with bare feet.  You know that there’s usually some kind of debris lying around. Even if I just swept the room (stay with me here – I know it’s a stretch), there would undoubtedly me some kind of newly crushed cracker or smushed grape or other unmentionable calling the bottom of my foot’s name.

Hence, the need for slippers. At least on the kids.

Even before Elise walked, she had this habit of repelling all socks from her person. We’d set her down to sleep with socks on and when she woke up, they would be gone. Sometimes never to be seen again. (Where did all those socks go??? How did she get them off???) Our solution: soft-soled slippers. We tried Robeez.

Robeez makes these soft leather slip-on shoes that are comfortable enough to sleep in and provide full foot movement BUT DO NOT ALLOW USER TO SELF-REMOVE.  I don’t know how they do it, but it works. We used a pair all throughout the winter, and they came in handy as she began standing and walking. They protected her feet from stray debris but still gave her foot total flexibility for balance via their skid-resistant suede sole.

We loved them so much that we kept getting them in bigger sizes (they come in 0-6 months, 6-12 mo, 12-18 mo, 18-24 mo, 2-3 years, and 3-4 years) as she grew. They are machine washable (yes!). And there are a zillion different colors and patterns.

The main negative about Robeez is their price. They retail for around $28, which is a whole lot for something of such little material, however high-quality. Because of this, I once bought a pair of knock-off shoes at the local discount store, selling pairs for around half the cost. Yet, the knock-off pair was made of much-lower quality materials, less soft, and were ripped off in less than a minute!  The good news is you can usually find discounted Robeez shoes (probably discontinued styles or colors) on, where I’ve seen them around 40-50% off retail.

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Don’t let a shaving accident ruin your perfectly-planned, light-colored “Hot Mama” outfit. A blood stain can be removed without a trip through the washing machine. Rinse the spot in cold water, then dab with hydrogen peroxide. The stain will disappear instantly… and a hair dryer can take care of the residual wetness.