The warm weather is finally here and, with it, a refreshing of the wardrobe. If you’re pregnant or a new mom with the typical increase in shoe size, you have even more reason to welcome the longer, sunny days of summer with a new pair of shoes! This year, I’m celebrating the season with a pair of classy Dawn Sandals ($159), while my 4-year-old daughter enjoys a new pair of dazzling pink, Merino wool-lined Sparkle Lo Boots ($69). Both from EMU Australia, my sandals and her boots are attracting admiring looks while keeping our feet happy.
The Dawn Sandals lend my petite stature some much welcome height with 3” heels. As one who doesn’t normally wear heels and who is generally somewhat wobbly when doing so, I’ve been grateful for the Dawn’s rubber soles, egg-shaped heels and adjustable ankle straps that lend stability, keeping me upright and poised. While the heels are substantial, the sandal’s clean lines and two-toned color palette (pictured here in Sand, but also available in Hazelnut) keep the Dawn looking sleek, elegant and attractively feminine. The nubuck and full grain leather upper, as well as its leather-wrapped heel, are well constructed and sport a playful sophistication, which is well suited for both work and play. In addition, a molded EVA cushioning foot bed provides comfort and support that makes it easy to comfortably wear these heeled sandals all day long.
I love pairing my Dawn Sandals with casual jeans, a lightweight spring dress or a more serious pair of slacks. They really work with everything! Part of EMU Australia’s High Rise Collection, the Dawn is made for city adventures – or, alternatively, keeping up with little ones. After all, becoming a mom doesn’t mean you have to totally give up the heels! Taking the advice of a couple user reviews on the EMU Australia website noting that the sandals run a tad large, I ordered my Dawn Sandals a half size smaller, and they fit great.
As EMU Australia makes shoes ranging from 6 months through adult men’s and women’s sizes, I ordered a pair of Sparkle Lo Boots for my preschooler along with my sandals. My daughter was thrilled when her boots arrived right on the heels of mommy’s sandals (pun fully intended). She couldn’t wait to put on her new sparkly, pink boots, and her little brother was soon to follow. I can understand – I could barely resist their sparkly charm myself! Plus, their Merino wool-lined interiors provide a plush environment that keeps little feet warm in the cold and cool in the heat. These boots are so highly enticing that more than one friend has asked if they can order a pair in a larger size.
Because these are kids shoes, we had to test that the Sparkle Lo Boots live up to the rough play of a preschooler. We are happy to report that the boots easily survived a trip to the playground and provided enough flexibility and traction for my daughter to enjoy traversing the rope play structure to her heart’s delight. Dual-layered EVA and rubber outsoles, combined with reinforced suede heels, provide confidence that these boots will continue to lend support and comfort for many playground trips to come. In addition to glittery boots, the EMU Littles Collection includes fanciful animal designs, which kids are sure to love.
If you’re looking for new footwear for you and your kids, browse EMU Australia’s selection at http://www.emuaustralia.com. An added bonus: if you order online, you can have the shoes shipped to your home for free. You don’t even have to go to the mall!