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Tuesday Travels: Step into Spring

Welcome to Tuesday Travels, a weekly series at Traveling with Baby.  This weekly series will also features ideas for local day trips and  travel tips for families with kids-in-tow.  You’ll also find related product reviews and giveaways.  I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.




My incredibly handsome boy looks super sharp in his new Augustin shoes ($40) by See Kai Run.

The first Sunday he jazzed his toes with these ritzy See Kai Run shoes from their Spring ’10 collection, he dashed ahead of us in the parking lot…and, he scuffed his toe.

Isn’t that the nature of new children’s shoes.  They will get a nick or a streak within exactly five minutes of outdoor wear.

Okay, maybe that’s just me and my offspring.  I remember, as a child, wearing bright white shoes with bows on the front.  I pranced around in them and twirled in my spring dress.  Before church was over, I had at least three black scuff marks on them and the glaring eyes of my mother affixed firmly on my forehead.

It just runs in the family.  The tendency to scuff shoes…not the glaring eyes.  Really.

See Kai Run shoes and soles are super flexible and comfortable for small feet.  However, that soft and pliable leather also means they’re a little more susceptible to scrapes and scratches from the regular rough and tumble of little kids.

Honestly, I never noticed the lack of durability in See Kai Run until AFTER I posted a review of the Logan boots last summer.  Two weeks after that post published, I noticed the pretty gray toes of his boots were wearing thin to soft brown leather underneath.

See Kai Run children shoes show wear and tear faster than other toddler shoes on the market that were tested by my son. Must be due to the buttery soft sheepskin leather upper.  They’re soooo comfortable, but the drawback is that they’re a scuff-magnet.

Honestly, I’d rather have my son wear shoes that attract nicks and scuffs that also provide extreme comfort and flexibility and encourage proper gait patterns, than extra heavy shoes that cause him to walk around like he’s wearing buckets on his feet.

See Kai Run’s Augustin are hands-down my son’s favorite pair of shoes in his closet at present–a top pick among 5 brands and styles!

1) The best thing about See Kai Run? Their unparalleled design aesthetic in children’s shoes.  Gorgeous.  Stunning.

2) Second best thing is the comfortable, springy design.

In the future, I’d love to see the shoe designers find a more durable surface (brushed suede, perhaps), that takes the beatings of childhood with more grace than the smooth leather of the present line.  Other than that, don’t change a thing!

See Kai Run’s Ariana in orange



I’m sooo excited about spring!  I want to help you put some spring into your toddler’s step.  Traveling with Baby is teaming up with See Kai Run to offer a reader a pair of the fresh shoes (retail value $40) from Smaller or See Kai Run. Yay Spring!  ‘Tis the luck o’ the Irish! Happy Easter!

YOUR TURN: I want to know what See Kai Run or Smaller style and size would you choose for your little one? Also, what do you love about spring?

Extra credit:

FOR A SECOND ENTRY: Blog about this giveaway, then leave a comment with a link to your post.

FOR A THIRD ENTRY: Follow @drdolly and @seekairun and tweet about this giveaway, then leave a second comment telling me that you did with a link to your tweet.

FOR A FOURTH ENTRY: Fan See Kai Run on Facebook for the latest glimpse into new styles and great savings!

FOR A FIFTH ENTRY: Fan Traveling with Baby on Facebook for latest recipes, giveaways, and more.

FOR A SIXTH ENTRY: Subscribe to Traveling with Baby by e-mail (upper right side-bar entry form).

Note: This giveaway closes at 11:59 PM on March 23rd. Winners will be selected via random.org shortly thereafter.

*I received a sample pair of shoes from See Kai Run for the purpose of this review.  Read my full disclosure policy.
*UPDATE: Congratulations to the winner, #9 Jessica!

91 Responses

  1. I’m excited for the flowering trees! And I want to get the Rebekah!

  2. i love the ariana orange in a size 9.
    i love spring because of the extra daylight!!! and bulbs!!

  3. Really like the Michelle in size 5. What I love about spring is that I can start wearing sandals again.

  4. See Kai Run facebook fan

  5. Email subscriber

  6. I would love to get my son a pair of the Ariston shoes size 8. I love spring because of the wisteria. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. I think I would pick the Ashley Maija shoes–too cute! My favorite thing about spring right now is wearing bright, fun skirts and feeling the sun on my legs!

  8. I follow @drdolly and @seekairun on twitter

  9. I am a fan of SKR on facebook

  10. I am a fan of Traveling With Baby on facebook

  11. I subscribe to Traveling With Baby

  12. I love the new skr shoes! I’d choose the Kaila in size 9 for my daughter. thank you.
    mainlandmama at gmail dot com

  13. I’m a Fan See Kai Run on Facebook.

    What I love about spring is the awesome weather…nice cool mornings and warm days!

  14. I am a fan of Traveling With Baby on facebook

  15. I Subscribe to Traveling with Baby

  16. I’d love Tavi in a 12-18 month size.

    the best part of spring is gardening!

  17. facebook fan of see kai run

  18. Facebook fan of traveling w/baby

  19. I subscribed to your blog.

  20. The Patrick sandals in 12-18 months would be perfect for my son! Best part of Spring? Flowers! =)

  21. I’m a subscriber

  22. These shoes look amazing! I would love to win the Marian sandals- they are my faves.
    And spring- I love everything about it, especially all the trees in bloom- so pretty.

  23. I subscribe to your e-mails too 🙂

  24. I like the adorable Tobias shoes in 12-18 months. My favorite part of Spring is the nicer weather!

  25. I’m a subscriber!

  26. I love the MacKenzies. So cute and my daughters need new sandals!

  27. I love the Rebekah, my favorite part of spring is going to the parks so much with the kids and just being outdoors and not cooped up. thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  28. I’d love the Patrick for my son to come in may

  29. I am a Fan of See Kai Run on Facebook (mrstinareynolds)

  30. I subscribe to your blog thanks eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  31. I am a fan of Traveling with Baby on Facebook (mrstinareynolds)

  32. I’m excited for all the green, leaves, grass, flowers. Green everywhere instead of this dull brown.

    I’d love Violet in a size 9.

  33. I like ‘Jayce’ in size 4. Cute shoes! Reminds me of the Bee Squeaky shoes my girls wore – very comfortable, easy for them to put on, flexible rubber sole…

    I’m so glad to be seeing some green! And warmer weather, of course 🙂

  34. I’m a Fan of See Kai Run on FB

  35. I’m a fan of Traveling with baby on FB also.

  36. I would pick Arianna – green in size 4. I think the would match a lot. I’m drawn to Elise size 5, because they are same name as my DD.

  37. Fan See Kai Run on Facebook: andrea…bidwell

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