Updated on July 15, 2016
First Steps in Minimoc Shoes
I received this item at no cost in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
For a third gift idea for my Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash, I’m focusing on a pretty BIG milestone for both baby and mom. What could that be? Baby’s first steps, of course! I have lots of ideas for the perfect gift for those little babies that are turning into a toddler and this week I’m going to tell you about my TOP FIVE gifts for a first birthday. At the end of the week, there’ll be a GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY where one lucky reader will have the chance to win ALL FIVE of the gifts I’ll be featuring! Are you excited yet? I know I am! Gift number one is Öko Créations Hooded Bath Poncho, and gift number two is Usborne Children’s Books’ Touchy-Feely “That’s not my…” board book, let’s get right to gift number three!
That moment when your baby takes an unsteady step all on their own for the very first time is pretty amazing. That little tiny squish you brought home is now up and on the go, ready or not! Some babies will take those first wobbly steps before their first birthdays, but a lot (most?) of them don’t reach this milestone until after they turn one. We are still patiently waiting for Petit Prince to take his first steps. Having experienced the thrill and excitement of The Heir taking his first steps and then promptly bolting all over the house at mach speed, I’m really in no rush for Petit Prince to start! Like it or not, that moment will be here before I know it, and there’s one thing I want at the ready. What could that be? The perfect pair of soft soled shoes for Petit Prince’s little feet. Have I found the perfect pair of soft soled shoes for baby’s first birthday? Why yes I have! They are Minimoc Shoes and I love them.
Minimoc is a Canadian company that makes the cutest little moccasins and shoes for babies and toddlers. Based out of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Minimoc moccasins and shoes are all handmade right here in Canada. Minimoc is run by a husband and wife team who started making moccasins as gifts for their friends’ babies. Fast forward to now, and Minimoc has over 40 styles and colours of moccasins and shoes to choose from! Each pair of Minimoc Shoes are crafted with high quality, durable leather that’s been hand inspected. The sole of a Minimoc is also made out of leather creating a perfectly designed soft soled shoe for squishy chunky little toes. The opening of a Minimoc is threaded with elastic making them easy to put on baby’s foot. Simply pull the top of the Minimoc shoe open, and baby’s foot can get right in. This elastic not only makes it easier to get the Minimoc on baby’s foot, but it also helps keep it on! There’s nothing more frustrating than having a super cute baby shoe that is easily kicked off every two minutes. This is not a problem with Minimoc Moccasins and Shoes.
Minimoc footwear comes in two different styles. The Minimoc Moccasin style has a fun fringe all the way around the ankle of the shoe. The Minimoc Shoe style is a simpler look without the fringe. Both are ridiculously adorable. The variety of colours and patterns available in both Minimoc styles provide a look to suit any outfit and any taste! Looking for a pair of moccasins to match a certain outfit, or maybe you’re looking for a pair of shoes that will really stand out? Minimoc has a moccasin or a shoe to suit!
The pair that I have for Petit Prince are Minimoc Shoes in Stingray. Stingray is a perfect grey, and it goes with everything! Although he hasn’t taken his first steps, Minimoc Shoes are the perfect footwear for early walkers. Let me explain why! Have you ever seen Bambi? Yeah, the Disney movie. You know when Bambi gets on the frozen lake and slips and slides all over the place? This is what a newly walking toddler looks like when they’re put in regular thick soled shoes. Babies spend a lot of their time on the floor barefoot (or maybe in socks). They learn to walk while holding onto a parent’s hand while stomping around in the living room or the kitchen. When they start walking on their own, they still need to feel the floor beneath them. This gives the toddler a sense of being grounded and of feeling more secure. This is why a soft soled shoe is ideal for early walkers. Minimoc Moccasins and Shoes have the perfect sole for early walkers. It’s enough to protect those little feet from all the different surfaces they’ll be walking on, but still soft and thin enough that they can feel their feet on the ground.
What about the quality of Minimoc Moccasins and Shoes? Top notch! These are really well made! You can feel the quality of the leather and see the workmanship that has gone into each pair. The leather is cut with precision, and every stitch is even and clean. I love the details on the Minimoc shoes. The tab at the back of the heel wraps up and around the ankle of the shoe making it not only secure, but also giving it a really polished look. The sole of the Minimoc shoes is SO soft and smooth. I could just rub it all day long. Inside the Minimoc shoes, the suede side of the leather is nice and supple, and definitely comfortable for baby’s bare foot to spend the day inside. There are no rough spots anywhere on a Minimoc, so you don’t need to be concerned that your toddler’s feet will be uncomfortable.
How about the fit? I always find it hard to accurately measure Petit Prince’s feet, so I always err on the side of going a bit too big so he has room to grow into them. Petit Prince wears a size 3 in the Minimoc shoe style and (as predicted) he has a bit of room to grow into them. I found them really easy to get on his feet, and as promised, he wasn’t able to kick them off! He loves cruising the furniture in his Minimoc shoes and must find them comfortable as he has never tried to pull them off.
What I love most of all about Minimoc Moccasins and Shoes is that they are handmade in Canada. I LOVE supporting local brands and companies. I especially appreciate it when those brands choose to keep manufacturing and production right here at home. The love that goes into each pair of Minimoc Shoes is so obvious. There’s so much precision and care taken with each pair, and the overall quality and durability of Minimoc footwear is superb. I can’t wait for Petit Prince to embark on his very first steps in his Canadian made Minimoc Shoes! Minimoc Moccasins and Shoes make the perfect first birthday gift for the toddler in your life! You really can’t go wrong with these! Minimoc Moccasins and Shoes retail for $45-55 CAD and are available to purchase directly from Minimoc right HERE.
The Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash GIVEAWAY is underway! You could win over $150 in prizes including one $50 gift card to Minimoc! The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents, 18+ and closes on August 2nd at 11:59pm MST. Enter the Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash Giveaway.