It was only a matter of time before I shared my passion for Freshly Picked on the blog, considering V has been rockin' em since 5 months old and we've been lovin' em ever since. And what better way to kick off a new month than by featuring & reviewing the famous FP? Not only does Freshly Picked make the most beautiful leather moccasins for babies & children, but the story of how Susan - entrepreneur, owner and CEO of FP - started her company is inspirational to so many [read the full story here]. Olivia has been wearing FP moccasins since being just a tiny baby and every pair we've had has impressed us beyond words.
In the land of baby shoes, Freshly Picked is top dog. They are 100% genuine leather, made in the USA and offered in a rainbow of the most gorgeous colors. Seriously. Thank goodness for my self-control or I would own them in every single color.
Each pair of moccasins is made of the softest leather that is almost like butter in your hands, and undoubtedly comfortable on your babe's feet because of their design and soft sole. Babies are constantly changing and growing, and that includes their little feet. Born with 22 bones in each foot, by age 5 a child has 26 total bones. The first few years are so crucial because the bones are made of soft, flexible cartilage that gradually converts to solid bone over time. By offering a soft sole, a baby's foot has the room and flexibility it needs to grow properly without being restricted.
The first pair I purchased were Gold, Size 2, back in October 2013 when Olivia was turning 5 months old. I really came to know about FP last summer and then finally gave in and purchased a pair during the fall for the cooler weather ahead. I love the design of them and how strong the elastic is around the ankle. It stretches to make them easy to slip on but does not wear out or loosen even with excess wear. They don't come with a marked "Right" and "Left" shoe and that is because they are designed to shape around your babe's foot. With consistent wear, they will mold slightly to each side. Even in warmer months, they are better than socks because Olivia can so easily pull her socks off and with these she has a much more difficult time.
Now that Olivia is starting to walk, I especially love having FP moccasins on her. When we are out and about and I set her down, I don't have to worry about where she is walking or what her feet are touching because she always has on comfortable, classy shoes that not only stay on but look great. They pair so well with every outfit of Olivia's and add just the right pop of color to any look.
We have especially loved the aruba & coral pairs this summer since they are bright and fun. Otherwise, I tend to buy metallic tones because they are neutral for year round wear but still gorgeous. For metallics, we have gold, copper, fool's gold, platinum & steel. Initially I imagined her to wear some colors over others but I've found they all get equally loved.
At 13 months, Olivia is currently wearing a Size 3 [which fits perfectly // Copper, Fool's Gold & Steel] and a Size 4 [Platinum, Coral & Aruba] with plenty of room to grow. The easiest way to determine your child's size is to measure their feet in inches. The Freshly Picked website offers a sizing chart that you can download and print, but I've found measuring with a cloth tape measure and comparing to the size chart is the most helpful. At 5 months old, I purchased Size 2 and they had room to grow. Around one year is when she really couldn't wear her Size 2's anymore. They stretch a bit as they are worn but I always size up when purchasing since even when they are a bit loose, they stay on a child's foot.
I casually asked Dustin what he thought about FP moccasins because although I know he likes them enough to support my love for them, I had never really gotten his full opinion. "They're easy to get on and off, they stay on once they are on, and the quality of the shoe is unlike anything else. They're perfectly designed and I wouldn't change a thing about them...Cause I really wouldn't," he said.
In the many interactions I've had with Freshly Picked & the collaboration staff, I have been nothing short of impressed each time. The friendliness, kindness and generosity is astounding. Honestly, Freshly Picked has me for life. Although the price is a bit higher, I often buy when 25% off sales are offered [usually twice a year, on Black Friday & end of May] and stock up for the seasons ahead. Many moccasins are sold for $30-$40 per pair and while that is a bit lower than FP [whose moccasins are $60 per pair], the quality is almost always unmatched. I would rather pay a bit more for a perfect pair than buy two pairs of lower quality for the same price, because they won't hold up as long or be as durable. And certainly no other moccasin shop offers such an array of colors.
Rose Gold is at the top of my wish list, as well as Raspberry & Glacier. I am also swooning over Goldenrod & Butterscotch for Fall. I have always loved Blush but will save that color for my next baby girl as her first pair of shoes [with her second pair being the heirlooms]. In fact, I plan to save each and every pair for all my future babies, and considering we want 6, I'm pretty sure I'll get my money's worth out of them. Although, I feel I have already because Olivia wears hers every single day, even inside the house just playing. Our basement tends to get chilly when we run our AC in the summer and I throw moccs on her to keep her feet warm. Socks aren't even an option because she just pulls them off and chews on them. It's the cutest thing ever though.
Olivia loves to play with our shoes so much that I finally decided to move her moccasins to a place she could access easily. I found an old uniquely shaped wooden crate [on clearance at Home Goods, score!] and filled it with all her pairs. It is the perfect size to sit next to her dresser/changing table and when we are getting ready for the day, I set her on the floor and let her pull out the pair she wants to wear. Plus, it adds to the decor of the nursery in the perfect way.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Freshly Picked, Susan, the entire team, all the Official FP Brand Reps and of course, the moccasins themselves. The first shoes Olivia ever wore were her tiny gold Size 2's. I will be putting FP on V until she outgrows them and lucky for me, then it will be time to put them on her younger brothers and sisters!
Freshly Picked has so generously offered to give away a pair of moccasins in the winner's choice of size & color. Simply complete the steps below in the Rafflecopter to enter.
Please note that the color and size must be in stock once the winner is randomly chosen; the winner may not have won another giveaway including a pair of FP moccasins within the past 60 days. Giveaway begins Tuesday, July 1 and ends Thursday, July 10. The winner will be announced here and contacted via email and will be responsible to respond within 24 hours to claim their prize.