PaperKrane

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Jun 252018
 

As expected of a baby who came into the world weighing a whopping 4.6kg our boy Ted didn’t stay little for long. Our big friendly giant has the strongest legs and is putting them to the test as much as he can, pulling himself up on couches, chairs and safety gates over and over again and falling over just as many times. With his first wobbly steps just around the corner he’s been wearing in his first pair of shoes, aren’t they gorgeous?

Designed right here in Australia by two clever mamas PaperKrane is destined to be the new go-to footwear label for growing Aussie feet. From cheeky crawlers to solid steps and rapid racing, PaperKrane has got a fit and a style that’s right for every little boy or girl, starting at a tiny size 0 all the way up to size 13.

Depending on the shoe size PaperKrane shoes feature either a SOFTI, MIDI or FLEXI sole, ensuring your child gets the right comfort and support for their age, stage and abilities. With Ted being a big boisterous boy he has jumped right past the faux suede SOFTI soles and started at MIDI. I just love how the suede sole gives him freedom to move and the durable suede noses protect his toes. The soft leather bends, moves and adjusts to his chubby feet beautifully.

My busybees Harriet and Sybil can skip, hop, jump and run to their heart’s content on the FLEXI natural rubber sole. Being active kids they never sit still and the flexible rubber sole doesn’t restrict them in their movements, they can stand on their tippy toes and the rubber just bends with them! On the inside the breathable cotton lining keeps feet comfortable and dry while the durable leather heel and toe offers support, protection and shape no matter what the activity.

All PaperKrane shoes are slip-ons (yes, even the lace-up styles), because let’s be honest, who has time for tricky knots or velco straps that catch onto everything! But don’t let the slip-on aspect fool you, my three guinea pigs have thoroughly tested them and thanks to the elasticised gussets your PaperKranes stay firmly in place until you’re ready to take them off.

Hip Tip: If you like to shake things up and change your look make sure you add a colourful Lace Pack (RRP $6.50) to your order, that way you can give your PaperKrane lace-ups a trendy makeover whenever you feel like it.

Not sure what size to get? Check out the helpful PaperKrane size chart to find the correct size based on your child’s foot measurement or Australian/European shoe size, that way you can purchase with confidence.

To find out more about PaperKrane, to browse the range and to order online visit www.paperkrane.com.au.

40% off storewide at Groovy Kids

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Jul 072016
 

Groovy Kids

Even though the End Of Year Sales are officially over, there are still plenty of bargains waiting to be snapped up. And it’s not just the ‘old’ stuff that is going cheap, even this season’s styles have been reduced; you just need to know where to look! If you love the sound of 40% off your shopping here’s your chance:

Right now you can save 40% storewide at Groovy Kids. Clothing, shoes, accessories, decor, toys, gifts and more, it’s all on sale! This offer is valid for a limited time only and prices are as marked.

Trunki

With our European trip just around the corner I seem to have luggage on my mind, if only grown-up luggage was this cool! Trunki ride-on suitcases are designed to make family holidays fun and practical, allowing young travellers to give their little legs a much-needed rest and hitch a ride on their own awesome suitcase. Available in bright colours and funky designs Trunki (was $79.95, now $47.97) is a real holiday must-have.

Bunny ErasersIf your gift cupboard is looking a tad bare you can pick up some gorgeous gifts for a song during the storewide sale. Take these adorable Tiger Tribe Bunny Erasers (was $6, now $3.60), the forest cottage packaging could not be any cuter! I know a few sweet girls who would love to adopt the three members of this rabbit family and at a bargain price like this they make excellent stocking fillers for Christmas.

Over the past couple of years Saltwater Sandals have become a bit of a cult-item around the globe and here at Hip Little One HQ we are big fans (between me and my girls we have 10 pairs!): They look fantastic, the fit is excellent, the quality is amazing and they are strong and durable, even after wearing them all summer long they still look fabulous. They rarely go on sale but Groovy Kids has a few pairs left at 40% off, you better run!

Saltwater Sandals

To find out more about Groovy Kids, to browse the range and to order online visit www.groovykids.com.au.

See Kai Run – End of Year Sale

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Jun 262016
 

See Kai Run

When you have a big family like ours hand-me-downs are often the norm, in fact some of our baby girl’s clothes have been worn by all three of her sisters before her! The one thing we do buy new for all of the kids is shoes, as we feel their growing little feet are too important to be wearing footwear that has been worn down by older siblings.

MykahIf you care about a proper fit and excellent quality as well as stylish looks you are sure to appreciate US label See Kai Run. Last year I purchased some gorgeous styles for the oldest three kids (on sale of course!) and they have lasted really well, I think it is safe to say we are big fans. With five pairs of feet that are growing rapidly we’re due for another big shoe shop and luckily for me it happens to be sale time at See Kai Run stockist Shoes of Seddon.

LeeannSee Kai Run has kids’ feet of all sizes covered with three great collections: Smaller, See Kai Run and Kai. Across the range there are some huge bargains waiting to be snapped up, with savings up to 70% these amazing shoes are guaranteed to run out the door so you better be quick. To celebrate the launch of the new Shoes of Seddon website all Australian orders over $50 ship free (Excludes Micro Scooters).

Handy tip: Thought the deal couldn’t get any better? If you sign up for the Shoes of Seddon newsletter you will receive a bonus $10 gift voucher, now that’s awesome!

See Kai Run

To find out more about Shoes of Seddon, to browse the See Kai Run range and to order online visit www.shoesofseddon.com.au.

Stepping out in style with Bobux

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Jan 312016
 

Bobux

With the spotlight on ‘Back to School’ it’s all about our oldest three kids at the moment. Trying on uniforms, picking new backpacks, testing out lunch boxes and drink bottles… it may seem like miss Sybbie is missing out on all the fun but with her 3rd birthday just two weeks away she is getting ready for her own dose of excitement.

Bobux Sybil

It feels like yesterday that we battled to get some food into our tiny baby who was struggling to grow, now she measures almost 1 metre tall! She is such a cheeky, active girl and sitting still is definitely not her thing. She is always on the move, climbing, running, chasing, jumping, skipping, hopping as fast as she can and ideally as loud as she can too.

Bobux climbing

Her long, skinny body is not always as coordinated as she would like it to be so not a day goes past without a little slip, slide or fall, it’s good I keep a big supply of band-aids on hand! A good supportive pair of shoes is an absolute must for her growing feet and preferably a design that looks lovely, is non-slip and able to withstand the rough and tumble of active kids as well… I know, we have quite a wish list.

Bobux wood

At Bobux they understand that when it comes to children’s shoes parents don’t just want ‘cute’, ‘pretty’ or ‘cool’, they want quality, support, durability and comfort to encourage healthy, strong feet. Those little feet have to last a lifetime so, even though they will be hiding in socks or shoes most of the time, they are not something to mess around with. Children’s feet are serious business!

Wildflower Mary JaneLuckily the foot experts at Bobux know that the eye wants something too so they have combined al those must-have features with awesome looks that kids (and their parents) love, no wonder Bobux footwear is a hit around the globe. After careful consideration we decided the beautiful Wildflower Mary Jane (RRP $80, size 20-29) ticks all the boxes for us and miss Sybbie is super chuffed with her ‘red flower shoes’, happy faces all around.

Bobux solesThese versatile Wildflower Mary Janes are sweet and strong, flexible and feminine, comfortable and cute, safe and supportive, leather and long-lasting… they simply have everything we look for in the perfect girls’ shoe. Sybbie can be quite fussy with clothing and shoes and if they are ‘not right’ she will let us know immediately and refuse to wear them. For her to be happy with these gorgeous shoes says a lot.

The vibrant red colour is bright and cheerful and the leather is soft and beautiful quality. They really go with everything in her wardrobe and look lovely with bare feet in Summer but awesome with tights in Winter too. Also important: Sybbie loves being able to put them on and take them off herself thanks to the Velcro strap, our little miss independent is growing up…

Bobux slide

To find out more about Bobux, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.bobux.com.au.

Jan 122016
 

Clarks

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While we are busy enjoying the school holidays the first day of school is slowly sneaking up on us. In a few short weeks the twins will be big Year 2 students and Juliet will start reception, I am not sure if I am ready to send another baby off to big school just yet!

Clarks 1

While she is very excited she is also a little nervous about the ‘big playground’ so last week we went for a little try-out at the school. We used these 5 simple tips to help her be confident and relaxed when it’s time for recess play:

  • Play Equipment – We took a closer look at the different climbing frames, slides, bridges and tunnels and tested them out thoroughly. Juliet is quite worried about falling or slipping so sturdy shoes with good grip will help her to safely cross wobbly bridges and climb thin ladders.
  • Playground Layout – When you are only 5 the school yard is one big, scary maze and it can be tricky to remember where you are. We’ve shown Juliet the easiest way to home base: her class room.
  • Toilets – When you are busy having fun children tend to leave toilet breaks until the very last minute. Making sure they know where and how far away the toilets are will help avoid messy (and embarrassing) accidents!
  • Heights – Juliet has a fear of heights, so after trying out the play equipment and checking the ‘escape routes’ she is less likely to get stuck up high and not being able to get down.
  • Office – Hurt, lost, worried or sad? There is always help available either from the teacher on yard duty or the lovely ladies at the office.

Clarks 3

We’ve also tried on a real school uniform, picked a nice backpack, labelled her pretty lunch box and bottle and measured her up for a good pair of school shoes. As you may remember from last year we have had a great experience with Clarks in the past so we’ve opted for the same quality and durability again for our next schoolgirl. Clarks has been around for more than 170 years, supplying Australian families with the original and best school shoes for growing children’s feet.

Clarks 4

Our bright and happy Juliet is a very active girl who enjoys running, skipping, climbing, jumping and swinging, so we need shoes that are tough enough to handle all the rough and tumble that comes with playing and exploring. As she’ll be wearing school shoes five days a week, seven hours a day it is more important than ever to be fitted with sturdy, supportive footwear that won’t fall apart after one term. When it came to picking shoes we gave her a few options and she decided on the Ventura, because ‘I can run very fast in them’. Pretty good selling point if you ask me!

Clarks 2

With its scuff-resistant leather toe and non-marking sole the Clarks Ventura (RRP $89.95, size 8 Junior – size 6 Adult) is a great sports shoe that is perfect for both school and play. It is available in 4 different colours to comply with most school uniform regulations, Juliet opted for the white/silver look which is nice and neutral. She hasn’t mastered tying shoe laces just yet so the quick and easy Velcro straps are ideal. The shoe experts at Clarks understand how quickly little feet grow, which is why the Ventura has a removable innersole to provide some extra growing space and longer wear; great value for money!

Clarks 5

If you are lucky enough to live near a Clarks store make sure you pop in for the 10-Step Check by one of Clarks specialist trained fitters, that way you are guaranteed to get the perfect, healthy fit for your child. If you live a little further away and want to order online make sure you refer to the Clarks website for some handy tips to confidently measure and fit at home.

Clarks 5

To find out more Clarks, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.clarks.com.au.

If you would like to kit out your child’s entire class with a brand new pair of Clarks make sure you enter this awesome competition for your chance to win. Entry is super easy:

1. Follow Clarks on Facebook or Instagram
2. Share your School Proof Tip and tag @clarksaustralia and #SchoolProofTips for your chance to win!

Good luck! Competition ends midday February 24, 2016.

Dec 112015
 

Skeanie

Christmas Countdown – Day 11

If you are anything like me you have picked your children’s Christmas clothes well in advance, ready to be worn on the big day. I decided on five lovely outfits and even sourced the hair accessories to match but only this week realised I forgot all about the footwear, oops! Upon closer inspection some of their shoes really aren’t up to Christmas standards anymore so I did some quick shopping to complete the look.

Skeanie Mary Janes

Just like her older sisters our cheeky Sybil is crazy about shoes, I wonder who she gets that from? She is also quite picky and if shoes aren’t 100% comfortable there is no chance of getting them on her feet again. Lucky for me these gorgeous Skeanie shoes totally passed the test.

Skeanie Snug BootsAustralian footwear label Skeanie ticks all the important boxes: the range is stylish and on trend, the leather is soft and comfortable, the materials are high quality and durable and the designs are supportive for healthy, growing feet. As an Associate Partner of The Australian Podiatry Association (NSW) Skeanie is putting our children’s foot health first, such a great reassurance. The range is even Fair Trade, how awesome is that?

Skeanie SandalsBoots and loafers, Mary Janes and sandals, trainers and gumboots, the Skeanie collection is always growing and with sizes ranging from teeny infants up to size 41 (depending on the style) they have all kids covered. With the Christmas season around the corner festive colours like red, silver and gold are always hugely popular so you better grab your party shoes before they sell out. How sweet are these Cross Over Sandals?

SkeanieFor Sybbie we decided on the classic Mary Jane shoes (RRP $49.95, available in 8 stylish colours) in timeless patent navy leather, they look gorgeous with bare feet in the warmer months and equally awesome with tights in cooler weather. I particularly love how the elasticised back adds that little bit of stretch to make the shoes more comfortable and easier to put on for little hands and of course the velcro closure is quick and convenient.

Skeanie Mary Jane Navy

To find out more about Skeanie, to browse the range and to order online visit www.skeanie.com.au.

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Nov 132015
 

One of the many things I love about having a new baby in our family is celebrating all the ‘firsts’. A first smile, a first tooth, a first step… no matter how many children you have these milestones will always be special. With December just around the corner I am very much looking forward to celebrating Harriet’s first Christmas and of course I’ve picked her first pair of Cheeky Little Soles party shoes already:

CLS

Like the rest of the Cheeky Little Soles range the gorgeous Baby Ballet Slippers ($35.95, available in sizes Small to Extra Large) are designed right in Australia and made with the softest high-quality leather.

Ballet Slipper SilverWhether it’s Christmas, a Christening or naming day, a wedding or a birthday, these pretty infant ballet flats are the finishing touch to your baby girl’s special outfit and with nine beautiful colours to choose from there is a perfect match for every look. Festive shades like Scarlet Red and Silver Sparkle are always popular this time of year so be quick and grab a pair if you don’t want to miss out!

To make sure those little tootsies stay comfortable all day long the baby ballet slippers are flexible and breathable and have a soft sole that allows for your baby’s feet to move naturally. Cheeky Little Soles owner and mum Lisa knows how annoying it is when baby shoes keep slipping off those tiny baby feet so she has specifically designed the baby ballet slippers to be easy to put on AND stay on, leaving you to enjoy the party instead of looking for lost shoes.

If you’re not 100% sure of your baby’s size or if you are buying the shoes as a gift just refer to the handy Cheeky Little Soles size chart to determine the correct size, easy as pie.

To find out more about Cheeky Little Soles, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.cheekylittlesoles.com.au.

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