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Pediped Flex Shoes Review

Pediped Flex Shoes Review – Comfortable & Durable Shoes for Girls

When I think of Pediped I think of cute little baby shoes or first walker shoes.  It was important to me when my kids were baby’s to put comfortable, supportive shoes on their feet.  It’s just as important now that they are 9 and 15.   Shoes can be considered an investment especially for little kids whose feet are still developing and need the best quality.

Pediped Flex Shoes Review

Madelyn was sent a pair of Pediped Flex Angelle shoes to review recently and she wears them all the time.  That says a lot because she’s very picky about shoes, and socks for that matter.  She won’t wear a shoe that is the slightest bit too small or too big or have anything scratchy or rough on the inside.   It’s like she’s the princess and the pea of shoes.  She wears seamless socks too.  I guess that’s a thing for a lot of kids.   When I opened the box my first thought was that they look a little young for Madelyn’s age (almost 9 years old).  But when she put the shoes on, oh my gosh!, they are adorable!

Pediped Flex youth shoes reviewPediped’s Flex Angelle can be paired with a dress just as well as with shorts; they are very versatile!  Madelyn can wear these shoes for hours thanks to the memory foam footbeds and flexible rubber outsoles.  The fact that they are easy to clean is a huge plus for me! 🙂  This shoe is available in sizes 12 to 4.5 youth.

Sneakers, sandals, ballet flats, and mary janes shoes makeup Pediped’s Flex line of shoes.

Not only are pediped shoes stylish, classic and timeless shoes, they are made to support the growth and development of little feet! pediped has done a lot of research and testing to create the very best shoes for children.


Keep Your Feet Cool and Cute In These 5 Breathable Ballet Flats

Summer is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for sandals and flats.  I love ballet flats.  Ballet flats have been my go-to shoe for about three years and I don’t know how my feet survived 30-something years in something other than ballet flats or wedge sandals during the summer.  Actually, I do.  I wore either my black or tan pair of Earth mary janes for years and I still love them but they’re too hot to wear in the summer and maybe they are a little worn out.  Ballet flats come in a lot of styles and colors.  Some have bows, some are quilted and some are embellished with studs! I’ll show you some of my favorite embellished ballet flats another day. 🙂

Below are five pairs of breathable ballet flats.  These flats either have a breathable lining and/or insole.  You can feel confident that your feet won’t sweat in these shoes this summer.  I hate summer foot sweat which is why I also wear wedge sandals in the summer.

I’ve shown you ballet flats for little girls, now it’s time to show you breathable ballet flats for women.

Breathable ballet flats

1 – Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet – Hush Puppies are a tried and true shoe brand.  The breathable lining and a cushioned insole are sure to keep your feet comfy and cool this summer.

2 – Patagonia Maha Breathe – I love the Atoll Aqua color as shown above, but these flats are available in 6 colors in case you’re not fond of aqua shoes.

3 – J. Crew Quorra Ballet Flats – Look close and you’ll see Xs and Os on these sunwashed aqua ballet flats.  I think this color is really pretty but if aqua shoes don’t excite you you’ll be happy to know that these J. Crew ballet flats are available in four other colors.

4 – UGG Kellis Crystal – These flats don’t necessarily look breathable but from what I’ve read the breathable leather lining helps fight overheating feet and if these flats are true to the UGG brand they are very comfortable.

5 – Reebok ‘True Studio’ Ballet Flat – While these aren’t my favorite color, they look comfortable and definitely breathable.  These ballet flats are probably best for yoga or around the house.

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Do you have a favorite pair of ballet flats?  What do you look for when shopping for flats?  Do you consider breathability when shoe shopping or is style more important?

Fashion Roundup: 5 Wedge Sandals I Love

It’s sandal time!   I am pretty tired of wearing close toed shoes.  I’ve been wearing ballet flats and mary janes since the beginning of winter and my toes are ready to be free!  That also means it’s time to get pedicures.. Mari.. are you reading this? 😉

I am a shortie (5’1″) and have never been a fan of heels because I feel unstable and oddly tall in them but in the last few years I’ve expanded my shoe collection to include a few pairs of wedge sandals and I love that they are comfortable and help me be taller if it is only temporary.  I’ve suffered through a winter of flats and am ready to wear wedge sandals again.   I almost bought a pair of TOMS wedge booties this winter but didn’t because it felt a little strange to have a close-toe wedge but I think when fall comes this year I’ll be ready.   Lucky for me, wedges look good with everything from jeans to leggings to skirts, in my opinion at least. 🙂

Wedge Height

The higher the wedge, the dressier the shoe.  I like to keep it casual and relatively low to the ground so I stick with a maximum heel height of 2.5 inches.  So far at least.

Wedge Base Material

The most common wedges are wooden and cork but my favorite, the Born Maldives, are leather wrapped.  The base of a wedge may be made of a solid piece of wood or cork or it may be hollow inside, which reduces the weight of the shoe, and wrapped in cork or wood. Other wedge base materials include rubber, plastic, leather and canvas. Wooden wedges are typically very cute but you might want to stay away from them if you need super comfortable wedge.  Cork wedges are usually very light weight.

wedge sandals - cork, leather, and wooden wedge

  • 1 – Sam & Libby Niles Wedge Sandals – $34.99 at Target.com
    These wedges are available in tan and black.   They are not sold in stores.  From what I’ve read, these wedge sandals fit true to size but are a bit narrow so you should be safe ordering your size.  If you have a wide foot, these might not be for you.
    Heel height: 2½”

  • 2 – Franco Sarto Doris Gladiator Sandal – $59.95 at DWS.com
    This sandal with a 2½” stacked wedge heel is rated “very comfy” by customers on DSW.com and appears to be true to size.
    Heel height: 2½”
  • 3 – Born Maldives – $110 at Zappos.com
    These are my favorite wedge sandals ever and well worth the price.   I have Born Maldives in black and tan and have worn them for two years.   The wedge heel of the black and tan pairs are leather wrapped but there are other colors that are cork wrapped which I think look pretty cool.
    Heel height: 2½”
  • 4 – Mephisto Minoa – $265 at Zappos.com
    Shoes from this tried and true brand are sure to be comfy but Mephisto’s style hasn’t always been my favorite.  I do like these sandals though.  A bit of glimmer makes these wedge sandals dressy but the cork and latex footbed dress them down a bit.  These sandals are available in four colors.
    Heel height: 2″
  • 5 – TOMS Canvas Wedge Sandal – $68 at Nordstrom.com
    These win the top prize, but there really isn’t a prize, for wedge sandals.. for this post at least. 🙂 You can’t beat $68 for a pair of comfortable wedges especially knowing that when you buy a pair, TOMS gives a pair of shoes to a child in need.
    Heel height: 4″

Happy wedge shopping!



Not A Perfect Parent: A Mish Mash Of Excitement & Frustration – Cars, A Puppy, Shoes, and Orchids

This is the second post in my ‘Not a Perfect Parent’ series.  You can read the first post, The Almost Daily Big Time Freak Out, here.

I hope you are having a fabulous day! I had a great morning at the Atlanta International Auto Show.  I love cars and gadgets/technology so being surrounded by beautiful cars with amazing technology was, for me, the equivalent of a child being in a candy shop.  I saw huge cars such as the Cadillac Escalade, tiny cars such as the Fiat 500, and a Nissan sports car that cost $149,000!  You read that right, $149k!   It’s pretty impressive but the $33,000 Cadillac ATS sedan and $38,000 (approx) Toyota 4Runner SUV are more up my alley.

Speaking of cars, I have been test driving a Toyota Tundra 1794 for a week and having never driven a truck before I didn’t know what to expect or didn’t expect much, I should say.  I’m kind of frustrated at the moment because this is my last day with the Tundra and I wanted to drive up north (toward the North Georgia Mountains) in it today but I had to go home after the auto show in order to take our dog out (another story completely) and my daughter is sick so I have to be home for her too. I blame my frustration on the dog, not my daughter.

Here is a photo of the Toyota Tundra 1794 I have been test driving.

Toyota Tundra 1794

Speaking of the dog (aka Cody).. if we are friends on Facebook you might have seen my post about our new puppy.  The puppy was an unplanned surprise that my husband brought home in January.  I was not ready for the responsibility of having a puppy and I thought that was pretty clear, but I guess not.  Madelyn, my 7-year-old, is just starting to sleep through the night which I cherish and I wasn’t ready to have another ‘baby’ in the house, much less one that I didn’t carry for 9 months and give birth to.  Had it been a surprise human baby, that’s one thing, but a puppy.. I’ve had a hard time adjusting to say the least.

When I got home from the auto show, I let the dog out and sat down to work.  Within 30 seconds he sat down next to me and looked up at me and started barking.  Barking, barking, barking.  I played ball with him for a few minutes but that didn’t suffice.  He wanted more attention.  I took him for a walk but he still wasn’t happy enough to let me be.  I don’t know what to do.   I was not in need of something or someone else to suck the energy out of me or require attention then along came the puppy.  He’s pretty cute and seems pretty smart so that helps.  But jeez.. a puppy can really change your life.

Here’s a photo of our puppy, Cody.


Enough about the dog and on to something exciting and happy.. I was really happy when my new Elorie Bella Ballet Flats arrived yesterday.  I bought a tan/cognac pair about a year ago and have since tried to find a pair of black ballet flats that I like as much as my tan Elorie flats but had no such luck.  I caved last week and ordered the same shoe in black.    Elorie’s Bella ballet flats are comfortable and don’t look like slippers, a combination which I have found to be a rarity for ballet flats.  I am absolutely not a shoe pro so the best way I can describe these to you is with four words: substantial, durable, soft, and comfortable.

Elorie Bella Ballet Flat

I found these ballet flats on Gilt.com, one of my favorite online designer sample sale website’s.   If you aren’t already a member, you should join today.. it’s free!

Another exciting thing about my day is that there are five blooms on my orchid!

What’s something exciting that happened to you today or recently?

orchid blooms

Do you have a favorite piece of clothing or shoe that you have bought more than one of because you like it so much?

Want to vent and share something frustrating that’s happened/happening in your life recently?



4 Children’s Sneakers That Will Add Color To Your Child’s Step

Sometimes a kid’s outfit needs to be jazzed up with a little color and style.

These four children’s sneakers adorably colorful and super in every way!

Colorful Children's Sneakers

1 Burberry Tom Check Hi-Top Trainers
Don’t let ‘trainers’ fool you.  These Burberry sneakers are available for infants and girls up to size 35 (U.S. 3 1/2 girls)
– $195

2 Melissa Shoes Mini Polibolha II Jelly Sneaker
Does your child need a little more tread on their shoes.. everywhere on their shoes?  How adorable are these jelly sneakers?  They come in other colors. These are available in toddler sizes 5 through 10.
–  $55

3 TOMS Colorblock Botas Shoe
These colorblock canvas shoes are sure to be comfortable and easy to wash, a plus in my book!  With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.
– $44.00

4 Nike Girls’ Air Max 2013 Running Sneakers
If you are looking for a more traditional shoe these colorful Nike sneakers would be a great fit.  These are available in sizes 6 and 7 now.
– On sale now for $109.98 from $139.


Would your child wear a pair of these sneakers?