Friday, September 25, 2009 Posted by Dina N
Choosing shoes for my kids is a major decision at our house. Let's face it, our little ones spend a lot of time on their feet! Walking, running, jumping, even stomping their feet on occasion. Put a pedometer on your child - if she would wear one - and you'll be amazed at the mileage they cover every day. Oh, and if you've ever worn shoes that did not quite fit, you know there is nothing like uncomfortable shoes to put the brakes on your fun.
Of course, sometimes our kids outgrow their new shoes before wearing them out. That's probably why some children's shoes I've seen are made to last just one season. My babies are so active that they have managed to beat this trend - we have had to throw shoes away before they've outgrown them!
If you have a child in your life, you probably know how important good shoes are for growing little feet. As a mom, I constantly looks for quality products for my children - and shoes are on top of my list! I came across a company called Livie & Luca and just have to tell my readers all about this fabulous place and their adorable shoes.
Livie & Luca was founded by three moms who wanted better shoes for their children - thus Livie & Luca was born in May 2005. Here is a little quote from their site:
"Livie & Luca baby and toddler shoe creations incorporate brightly colored leathers, bold designs and whimsical modern touches that capture the playful essence of childhood. Our comfortable shoe construction allows beginning walkers, toddlers and preschoolers to navigate playgrounds, city streets and dirt pathways with style and ease."
I received a pair of the Red Fun Dots shoes from Livie & Luca you see in the picture. They are made of very soft leather, and have a flexible sole that is perfect for my little girl's feet. The design is so cute! The shoes close with a Velcro strap that makes it very easy for little hands to put them on. My daughter fell in love with her pretty shoes. The inside of these shoes is also very soft and cushions her feet just perfectly.
The Red Fun Dots shoes are very lightweight and made by hand. I am proud to tell you that Livie & Luca choose to use high quality leather remains that would otherwise be discarded. And because they are handmade, every pair of shoes is a little different, as unique as the child who wears them.
Livie & Luca baby and toddler shoes run from American size 4 to size 12. They generally fit pre-walkers to preschool aged children. To ensure a proper fit, check out their handy sizing chart.
I admire Livie & Luca's sense of corporate responsibility and their care for the environment. The company uses non-toxic glue in the production of their shoes. Brochures, business cards and postcards are printed on post-consumer product and use soy ink. The shoes I received came in a cute little box that is shaped like a little purse, complete with a handle, for hours of fun and play. The factory conditions in the places where Livie & Luca shoes are manufactured provide for fair and equitable treatment of workers.
In addition, Livie & Luca strongly believes in creating a better world for our children. 10% of online sales are donated to charity. Besides, after your kids have outgrown them, you can send back the gently-worn Livie & Luca shoes for donation to a non-profit that coordinates the distribution of shoes for families in need.
Livie & Luca has partnered with Art for Humanity to arrange for the delivery of donated children's shoes to low-income families in Honduras. Art for Humanity is a humanitarian organization that was formed to assist impoverished families to use their current skills to begin micro-businesses. If you donate a pair of children's shoes, you will receive a coupon for free ground shipping on Livie & Luca shoes.
You can find Livie & Luca shoes in a store near you, or online. I have a special online discount code for my readers: justanother10off will give you 10% off any full price merchandise - not valid with any other offers.
As you can see, Livie & Luca are a company with great values and business practices. And let's not forget their adorable, high quality shoes for babies and toddlers! Right now, their summer models are on sale. It's time to stock up for next year! You can see their full collection of boots, shoes and sandals here. And take a good look because you can win your choice of a pair of Livie & Luca shoes for your little one!
To enter for your chance to win the Livie & Luca shoes in your choice of size and style, tell me which ones are your favorite.
Once you have fulfilled this mandatory entry, feel free to do any or all of the following for extra chance to win:
- join their e-mail list by sending an e-mail to info-at-livieandluca-dot-com with "mailing list" in the subject line and get 2 extra entries;
- blog about this giveaway linking to this post and get 2 entries;
- email three people about this giveaway and copy me;
- follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway – you can do this once a day, feel free to copy and paste: "Win a pair of adorable Livie & Luca #kids #shoes for your child #Giveaway at Just Another New Blog! @aitmama http://tinyurl.com/yel4l2y";
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