Thursday, October 4, 2012

Merrell and Chaco Review!

Merrell’s Kid’s Barefoot Collection gives kids feet the natural freedom of being barefoot while giving them the protection they need to keep feet safe. Seamless linings and odor-fighting Aegis® Antimicrobial make socks optional for one less step to getting out the door. Super soft, water friendly upper and machine washable for quick and easy cleanup before school tomorrow.

Trail Glove Kids, $60, barefoot shoe with foot-hugging protection that keeps little feet closer to mother earth so feet land as though barefoot for a natural stride.
Pure Glove Kids, $60, allows her to run and play the way nature intended while expressing her girly side on the playground in a classic Mary Jane inspired slip-on.
Merrell Solo Origins Kids, $60, is just as fun as the original lightweight option but with some added modern comfort extras. The playful cordura and suede uppers have a breathable mesh lining, and the sole's got durable EVA with an air cushion for added shock absorption to take on the hallways and the playground.

Parents love Chacos because they are durable and easy to care for. Kids love Chacos because they are easy to wear with serious traction to tackle any playground. All Chaco kids shoes feature the podiatrist-recommended LUVSEAT™ platform with lasting arch support and proper alignment for growing bodies and feet. The EcoTread™ recycled rubber non-marking outsole provides exceptional traction on a variety of surfaces. Added bonus, most Chaco shoes are machine washable!

PedShed, $60, is the perfect companion for your child whether they are in the classroom, on the playground or painting in art class. The suede leather upper is mud and soap approved, slips on and off easily and features an adjustable instep for the perfect fit for quickly changing feet.

Loyalist, $60, is a timeless mary jane style with hallway appeal that will perform equally on the playground and in gym class. A washable and fully adjustable shoe that is fit for all kinds of in and out of school adventures.

Logan received a pair of Tailspin Toggle Waterproof Kids shoes from Merrell. We loved the way these waterproof hiking shoes looked and Logan couldn't wait to wear them. They are durable and easy to put on and take off. The toggle closure multisport has a waterproof membrane to keep feet dry, and a cutting edge sole that lets them tear it up.
• Strobel construction offers flexibility and comfort
• Waterproof suede and mesh upper
Merrell Weather-Tight seam-sealed construction provides a water-resistant barrier
• Elastic cord and lock lacing system for quick secure fit
• Breathable mesh lining treated with Aegis® antimicrobial solution resists odor
• EVA removable footbed treated with Aegis® antimicrobial solution

• Molded nylon arch shank
• Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability with an EVA midsole
• Merrell Tailspin Kids Sole/Non-Marking Rubber

Youth Sizes: 10-3
Kid’s Sizes: 3.5-7
Weight: 13.4 ozs

Sam received a pair of Zanda Little Kids shoes from Chaco. The Zanda has a breathable mesh to keep kids’ feet fresh, while bungee laces allow for easy on and off. Made from 25% recycled rubber, their proprietary EcoTread™ sole merges high-traction with eco-function.
• Polyester and PU coated synthetic upper.
• LUVSEAT™ XO2 platform.
• Lace-up toggle fit for kids’ sizes.
• Bungee lace for youth sizes.
• EcoTread™ recycled rubber, non-marking outsole.

Logan and Sam love their new shoes! After a little more than five weeks of wear, the shoes are still in perfect condition and they've been through almost daily abuse. My kids have worn them on the boat, fishing, shopping, and playing outside. The soles are still firmly attached to the uppers and the seams are all perfect. The uppers are very easy to clean. A little mud was easily wiped off with a damp cloth. They shoes have been comfortable from day one and they didn't have to "break them in." Their feet don't get hot and sweaty. The shoes have great traction and they are lightweight. The Merrell shoes are my personal favorite, but Sam loves his Chaco Zanda shoes so much I am going to buy him another pair when he outgrows these. Sam loves his so much, he wakes up and puts them on before he leaves his room. They have replaced his favorite rain boots, which I thought would never happen! I would buy these shoes in the future!

Disclosure: I received these shoes in order to complete this review. Honest opinions given and a favorable review was not required.

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