I always cringe when I see babies and toddlers in hard sole, inflexible shoes, as if their feet are bound like Chinese girls a hundred years ago. Little feet need to grow naturally, without the restrictions of hard shoes, and pediatricians now recommend that children go barefoot until they are two-years-old. The next best thing to bare feet, which is not always practical when walking outdoors or in cooler temperatures, are soft-soled shoes. We have previously reviewed Robeez footwear, but a more eco-friendly, made in USA option exists: IsaBooties.
IsaBooties are made in Colorado with fair labor. These soft-soled shoes are formaldehyde-free, and the “ultrasuede” fabric exceeds the Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety (ASTM F963-07). The fabric is durable, machine washable, breathable, and 100% vegan! These shoes are stain resistant and do not fall off, as well as they help keep socks on little crawling feet. The packaging is made from 100% recycled materials, is 100% recyclable, and printed with soy ink.
Not only are IsaBooties eco-friendly and vegan, but they are super cute. The new Ballet Criss-Crossers are adorable for little girls, and gender neutral designs are available in the new Racers and Trekkers. They also offer many styles on sale, including the Cozy Toesies lined with extra-thick, super-soft Polar fleece.
Celebrities’ babies, such as Brooke Shields’ little one, are wearing IsaBooties, but this isn’t the reason your baby or toddler should be wearing them. Not only are these soft-soled shoes hip, funky, and eco-friendly, but the company was started by “mompreneurs”. I like supporting moms while outfitting my children, rather than companies that have grown so large they have shifted production to China. With IsaBooties, I can clothe my young children with a clear environmental and social conscience.