As quick as my kids grow up (as in, tall), I should know their feet grow crazy fast too. Problem is, I don’t think of that often enough, and my kids don’t complain about tight shoes either. Back to school time is when I think of shoes for them most often because that’s when I see great deals on shoes. The same was true for us this year, and I was so excited to be able to get a pair of Tsukihoshi shoes for one of my kiddos! Tsukihoshi has been established in Japan since 1873. They offer shoes for kids from pre-walkers all the way through youth sizes. I was impressed to see that they are a sponsor of Autism Speaks, and have received some great awards as well.
My son, Erik, needed shoes the most. I knew his current shoes were small when I felt where his toes were in them and found them scrunched up at the very end, but it was worse than I realized. Upon taking him to the store to check what size I needed to get him for this review I discovered that he was in shoes that were 2 sizes too small. Oops! He never complained about them so I had no idea!
Needless to say, his little tootsies were thrilled when the super cool Youth Speed Black and Orange shoes arrived at our door.
Erik was more than happy to show off his new kicks, and was overly excited about the tread (haha!):
If you ask my kids what’s important in a pair of shoes, they’ll tell you this:
1- They have to look cool
2- They have to make you run fast (aka: look cool. The cooler they look, the faster they make you run.)
3- They have to help you climb trees better (aka: good tread)
As you can see, Tsukihoshi fit the bill to a tee for Erik!
So what makes Tsukihoshi shoes so awesome to us moms? I mean, shoes are shoes, right? Wrong.
As a mom I want to be sure my kids’ shoes are comfortable for them to wear and don’t hinder their growth (forget what I said about me failing to know that my kids’ shoes were 2 sizes too small, mkay? 😉 ). I want to be sure their shoes offer support and stability, and are good for their foot health.
Tsukihoshi shoes take all these into consideration, and are made with all of that in mind. Check this out:
On top of these things, Tsukihoshi has made sure their shoes are machine washable, (a must with kids who love to play in the dirt and jump in every mud puddle), AND they have an antibacterial insole- The Cup-Insole is coated with Green-Tea Polyphenol, which deodorizes the smell in shoes! I don’t know about your kids, but a few of mine could use some help in this area. Maybe it’s just their genetic makeup, maybe it’s the fact that they wear the same pair of socks over and over again without putting them in the washer (ugh), or maybe it’s the fact that they get their shoes wet while playing outside over and over again… In any case, they stink. Ewwww.
As a busy mom, I also want it to be easy for them to put on and take off their shoes by themselves. Erik does know how to tie his shoes, so I don’t worry about that as much with him. But for those children who can’t yet, it’s nice to have velcro shoes. Kids can be picky about the look of their shoes- at least mine are- and oft-times many of the velcro shoes look, well, a bit dorky to be honest. Not so with Tsukihoshi. Their shoes all have a wide and curved velcro fastener to make it easier for kids to put on and remove their shoes by themselves, yet they still have a cool, sporty look to them.
So as far as look and makeup of these shoes, I am loving them! We haven’t had the shoes long enough for me to know how well they’ll hold up to my rowdy, busy, rough and tumble boy, but based on the look and feel of them I think they’ll hold up well. Can’t wait to see!
Be sure and be here tomorrow to enter to win a pair of Tsukihoshi shoes of your choice for back to school, as well as other awesome back to school prizes! Get a head start on entries by liking Tsukihoshi on Facebook and following Tsukihoshi on twitter.
The rafflecopter entry form is on the giveaway post. Head over to enter!
We were sent the above mentioned products to facilitate our review. All opinions are my own.