A while back I was contacted by “First Baby Shoes”, a Polish company, to review a pair of their baby shoes. What’s unique about them, is that it’s a shoe making kit that they send you with all the materials and instructions! I decided on the yellow “Karo” shoes, because I thought the colour would be nice in the autumn for Lucy. One thing to note right off the bat– they are only made in one size. They have picked the average size of foot for a baby who starts walking, which is 12cm long (I’ll talk more about this later).
The shoes arrived very fast! I was surprised, considering how crummy Canada Post is. Usually they end up losing my stuff or forgetting to tell me that it’s at the post office. They are great that way. But this isn’t about Canada Post. I digress.
They came in a cute little box all perfectly packed with all the necessities. I was pretty excited to start, but I had to wait for Lucy to go down for a nap before I could get anything done. Once I started, I quickly realized (surprise surprise) that I’m terrible at reading instructions. This was never my strong point in school…I learnt by doing, never by reading. Thankfully, they have video tutorials on their website that show all the separate steps. Those were lifesavers for me. I’m pretty sure the shoes would have gotten sewn backwards if not for that.
The first shoe took me about 45 minutes to sew, but keep in mind I was also learning and following video instructions. Once I figured it out, the second shoe only took me about 15 minutes to sew.
Below is the finished product! Aren’t they flippin’ adorable?!
Here are a few things that I have to say about the shoes now:
1. The obvious: They are adorable. The colour is perfect and the styling is classic but still unique.
2. The leather is very high quality and soft.
3. They have a nice rubber sole, so that when Lucy starts walking her feet will be protected.
4. Also, there’s a padded insert for extra comfort.
5. They were fun to make! I would definitely recommend these to other crafty mamas.
1. Poor Lucy has teeny feet. These actually won’t fit her probably till late winter. My face was very sad when I put the shoes on her feet and they just flopped off. I kind of wish they had different sizes…at least 3 to cater to small babies, average babies, and big babies.
That’s about it! I can’t wait till they fit Lucy and I will be sure to post a picture of her wearing them as soon as they fit.
Visit their website here for more information: “First Baby Shoes”