My daughter adores shoes. Maybe it's genetic. And, as I've said, I'm featuring several products and brands during the month of April that are eco-friendly, since Earth Day is coming right up. I definitely wanted to feature some children's items as well. This particular review I'm super excited about! It never even occurred to me that children's shoes could be eco-friendly. Not only do I get to feature an awesome brand I've recently become acquainted with thanks to Facebook, but they sent my daughter the cutest pair of shoes and she loves them. Mommy and kiddo couldn't be happier. The best part is that they had no idea our favorite color is purple. Woohoo - Let's all give a big round of applause to Cienta Kids Shoes USA!
"Dedicated to promoting the natural development of children's feet, the entire production and design process of Cienta is centered on quality and comfort, making use of only natural materials and the most advanced technology."
Cienta Kids Shoes are manufactured in Spain - Oooh fancy! They are also a very eco-conscious company only using 100% natural rubber, and 100% cotton. Cienta refrains from using any glues or harmful substances during the entire production process. Thank goodness, because my son also enjoyed nomming on them when his sister would leave them lying around.
My daughter has giant feet. She's not quite 2.5 yet, and she comfortably wears a size 8. We've always had issues with her feet being wider and taller than most shoes are designed to fit. I requested a 9 so she could have a pair of shoes to grow into and because we weren't sure how roomy her normal size would be. Although they're a little big (which is exactly what I wanted) she can still wear them without any tripping, or rubbing issues.
These shoes are incredibly light weight and flexible because all of the materials used by Cienta are porous allowing feet to breath from top to bottom. Even when her shoes actually fit she has a hard time walking and running in them, so she often opts to go barefoot. The other thing I really liked about these shoes is that she can wear these 3 out of the 4 seasons up here in Maine. Obviously in the winter we'll be switching over to boots, but these are great for any other time of the year. If it's raining or a little chilly we put socks on her, and when it's a nice day, especially like we'll have in the Summer, she can go without socks. They're perfect for just walking around, playing in the yard, and going to the park nearby. The pair we were sent has a Velcro closure, so they're easy to get on and off. She gets a little rough and since she has tall feet sometimes the Velcro comes undone, but that's our issue and not the product's. You can tell by the picture that she was enjoying flaunting her sparkly purple Cientas.
I had read through the Cienta USA web site several times before the shoes came, and somehow I missed the fact that the in-soles are scented! It completely makes sense now. When I took the shoes out of the box there was a certain aroma that I couldn't put my finger on. It wasn't that "new shoe" smell, and it wasn't a gross smell. But, it was a bit strong. I can tell when my daughter is around and wearing the shoes because I can smell them, but I'd rather they had a strong pleasant smell than a disgusting odor. Turns out these in-soles are not only scented and padded for comfort, but they also absorb moisture, which is also another great feature, especially when wearing shoes without socks in the summer.
We both really loved these shoes. This is the best pair of shoes she has worn in her short 2ish years of life. The style is perfectly simple. We aren't big on fru-fru, and we don't like characters from movies and TV shows on our shoes. But, the little bit of sparkle this particular pair has makes them even more adorable with just the right hint of "girly". We couldn't be happier with the brand and the product. Great quality, great styling, and great support for our environment. Definitely 2 thumbs up from both myself and my daughter!
Make sure you head over to the Cienta USA Facebook page! Every so often they giveaway a pair of Cienta shoes. The Cienta USA giveaways are actually how I found out about the brand. They also keep you up to date on the new styles coming out, and where you can purchase them. If you're interested in browsing their web site (which I highly suggest because your kids will love you forever), you can check out their shoe selection [HERE].
*I received a product for free in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.