With a toddler at the stubborn stage where he’s determined to put on his own shoes, anything without laces or Velcro gets the thumbs up in my book.
I’m not a huge fan of some of the slip-on shoes that are on the market for little ones – it’s just that crazy stage toddlers go through when their feet seem to go much faster than the rest of their bodies, and they are in permanent run mode! But the beauty of these Native shoes is they appear to have the ease of slip-on footwear, with the stability of lace-ups.
Native kids’ shoes, while being bold and bright, are also marketed as being lightweight, which is another plus for little feet. The plus for parents is they’re washable and odour resistant.
While looking decidedly classic, Native shoes certainly have that modern edge, with funky colours and contemporary styling. They are made from foam-injected EVA – giving them that lightweight property, and as with many modern products with an environmental conscious, the shoes are made using a low-energy emissions manufacturing process. And they’re animal bi-product free to boot. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how these unique shoes are made.
Natives are available from Lucky Cat in a range of colours and styles, with prices beginning at $60. Adults can snap up a pair too, with prices beginning at $100.