Made 2 Play: A Boy and His “Happy Shoes”

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I don't know about you, but shoe buying for kids is not my favorite. There are so many choices, but the quality isn't always the same. After trying many different brands over the years, there are only a couple that stand up to the test.

One of my favorites has been Stride Rite.

Did you know Stride Rite was started in 1919 by Jacob Slosberg and Philip Green and originally operated out of a converted stable in Boston, MA? It was called the Green Shoe Manufacturing Co. But their commitment to excellence has been consistent throughout the decades.

How committed are they?

Their Product Development team has worked for several years with scientists, engineers, and podiatrists to design children's shoes that are certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). All of their materials and styles are carefully constructed to ensure that not only are they on trend, but also “Kid-Rite” to pass their rigorous fit and wear testing process.

Trying on shoes at Stride Rite was a breeze.

I am so glad that we went into the store so my kids could have their feet measured. Have you recently had your kid's feet measured?

No? You should. Really. Why? Because while I knew my son was going to need new shoes soon, I didn't think they were needed NOW. But they were.

He measured an 11.5 {maybe wide, depends on the shoe}. What size was he wearing? Oh, just a 10. Yep. I'll take that Mom of the Year Award now. I couldn't believe it!

He tried on the Made 2 Play shoes and he started beaming. We encouraged him to walk around the store for a bit to see how they felt. He was ecstatic!

He started walking slowly around, but with each step he picked up speed. He stopped in front of the mirror to check out these new shoes on his feet and he started calling them his “Happy Shoes.”

My feet would be happy too!

The Made 2 Play Collection is perfect for making memories this Summer. Whether you are headed to the zoo, hiking, the beach, or playing at the park, there is a shoe for your little princess or your little prince.

The Stride Rite Made 2 Play for girls contains sandals and tennis shoes in every color your little girl might want. Stride Rite Made 2 Play for boys is just that. Made for playing in the dirt, climbing the rocks, and ready for some rough and tumble.

What makes these shoes so great? Let me tell you! Made 2 Play shoes are machine washable. This is huge for our family. My kids attract dirt.

It's unlike anything I have ever seen before.

Everything that goes on their body must be washable. Everything. It doesn't matter if your child can tie their shoes or not. The grip and go strap makes getting shoes on and off by themselves super easy. They have a reinforced toe for durability.

My kids have gotten really clumsy lately. I'm guessing it's a growth spurt. Reinforced toes are super helpful at protecting littles toes. We've had smashed toes before. It's not a pleasant experience.

Made 2 Play Shoes have a memory foam insole for added comfort. I wish all of mine did too! They have an anti-stink lining that helps keep shoes odor-free.

This is HUGE!!

My boys have the stinkiest feet. It's awful. We would be driving down the road and I would smell this horrendous odor. Even with his shoes on his feet! This anti-stink lining is my favorite feature.

Remember how I said my kids attract dirt? The Made 2 Play shoes are designed with dirt-shedding soles!!


My floors and furniture thank you. Most importantly, Made 2 Play Shoes consistently have a 4.5 -5 star review rating.

If you have tried finding shoes for kids, you know that this isn't easy. To find a shoe that fits, is durable, and deliver what it says, is HUGE.

Finding durable shoes that my kids like is hard. Thankfully Stride Rite makes it easy.

We went in, had his feet measured, walked over to check out the selection, and asked for sizes. Made 2 Play shoes are pretty popular, and for good reason.

They are perfect for kids.

Especially in the Summer when playing outside is at an all-time high.

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You can purchase Stride Rite shoes online or at local retail stores. There is a handy dandy Store Locator tool on their website to help you find the nearest store. I highly suggest going to the store if at all possible so you can have their feet measured. I am so glad I did! You can find out more about the Stride Rite products by visiting their Facebook and Instagram pages!

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