Discovering these shoes has led to a bit of a lightbulb moment for me. You see, in my family, we have a problem. The problem is that a few years ago, I succumbed and bought my children a particular brand of rubber shoes which are comfortable, but very, very ugly. And now they won’t wear anything else.
This season’s range of children’s shoes from Melissa could go some way to fixing this problem for me. They’re just as comfortable but with some serious design cred, as we discovered when we first came across Mini Melissa back in 2010. At that stage, there were only two sandal styles for children, but the range has expanded, and this season’s winter collection includes six styles, representing three designers, sized to fit children from toddler to tween.
The shoes are still the same comfortable PVC that kids love to wear, and with gorgeous designs and eye-catching colours there’s sure to be something everyone will love. I can’t resist the Ultragirl Cat Mary Jane-style sandal (top left) which comes in four colours, and I love that the Polibolha range (below) is unisex and so suitable for boys too. It’s modelled off the look of bubble wrap, and I can’t think of a child who wouldn’t get a kick out of that.
Prices begin at $59.95 (although at the time of writing, Ultragirl Cherry shoes were on sale for $39.95) and you can browse the whole range and buy online at Melissa.