With Vancouver counting down to the 2010 Winter Olympics, running Feb. 12-28, Robeez is proudly showcasing its Canadian roots through a collection of winter booties with Olympic and athletic themes. Available in four sizes—0 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months and 18 to 24 months—each of the six styles is lined with a super-soft and fuzzy plush material to keep baby’s toes warm. Patriotic motifs include a red leather bootie with a maple leaf emblem and a red, white and blue style with a star for Robeez’s American neighbors.
Last week, Suri Cruise, the 3-year-old daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, sported silver peep-toe D’Orsay kitten heels during an outing with her mom in Boston. The shoes (which actually look like dance shoes without ankle straps) spurred blog posts on style sites and negative comments on parenting forums. Remarks ran the gamut, accusing her parents of setting Suri up for lifelong foot damage to igniting topics on sexualizing children.
In the giving spirit this summer, Benjamin Lovell Shoes, a retailer with six locations in the Delaware Valley and Baltimore, presented over 100 children with a brand-new pair of Crocs, through the Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) organization. A team of volunteers fit each child with a fresh pair at a North Philadelphia recreation center and playground, outfitting the kids to run and play in the park’s water features.
A manager of a Missouri Burger King finds himself entangled in the long-running debate on whether babies need to wear shoes. Jennifer Frederich and her 6-month-old baby Kaylin, were asked to leave the burger joint because the manager sited the baby’s bare feet as a public health risk. In an interview with CNN, Frederich says the manager told her it was against the health code and she would have to take her food to-go.