4.21.2014

freshly picked moccasin review + giveaway!

Freshly picked

Owning a pair of freshly picked moccasins is like some kind of right of passage. You aren't a legitimate mommy blogger until your baby is sporting these in at least half of your instagram pics. The Kardashians are well known for their support of the freshly picked brand, so it goes without saying that they are basically the snazziest, stylish baby shoes around. So let's just start out by saying that I'm honorably freaked to be collaborating with Freshly Picked. I mean, these guys are the real deal! 

To start off,  there is a sizing guide to help you measure your baby's feet. Rory, who is 5 months old, measured perfectly for a size 3. But, since he's a giant and is in the 99th percentile, I knew that those size 3 moccs wouldn't last him long. I decided to size up, hoping that these shoes will last him through the summer, and maybe even longer. 

Deciding on a color? You guys, I became completely obsessive. I wanted a color that would work well with his wardrobe and that I could easily pass down to his next sibling, boy or girl (and hopefully like 2 or 3 years down the road, yikes). We've already got a pair of brown Minnetonka's, and so I didn't want another neutral color. It got to the point that I laid out all of Rory's summer clothes on the floor and took a picture, trying to imagine what color would work best. I know, I'm crazy. It came down to Golden Rod and Aruba, and I picked the yellow because Rory already has so much blue in his wardrobe, being a dude and all.


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So I mentioned before that we have a pair of baby Minnetonkas. I bought them before Rory was born because I so desperately wanted a pair of freshly picked moccs but couldn't afford to pay $60 for a pair of baby shoes. And even if I could pay for them, as if I'd be able to justify them to Andy. Ha! I think that might be the biggest downside of the Freshly Picked moccs. They are ridiculously priced. Good quality? Absolutely. But unaffordable, for us poor college folk at least. So we got a pair of $20 Minnetonkas, size 1, and Rory was finally able to fit in them about a month ago because they were so big. The sizing is so weird! What's that about...

The difference between the Minnetonkas and the Freshly Picked moccs is huge. They are completely different shoes. The Minnetonka's are made of suede and they have a hard sole. They are held on by a velcro strap on the back. These shoes are impossible to get on. For some reason, getting Rory's heel fully into the shoe is extremely difficult because of the warping velcro that gets in the way. They look great, don't get me wrong. Probably just as great as the expensive Freshly Picked moccs, who also make suede versions. But the difficulty of these shoes isn't worth it. I don't like the hard sole, as I feel like a baby needs to be able to clench his toes and have some wiggling capability to help him balance. They aren't soft on the inside and I always feel like I should be putting socks on Rory first to protect him from that gosh darn velcro. And because they are so hard to get on, they fall off way too easily and my baby ends up going barefoot most of the time. Unacceptable.

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Freshly Picked moccs are made with a thin leather, but it seems thick enough to be pretty durable for baby shoes. They are soft-soled and slip on easily because they are held together with an elastic. Freshly Picked sizes all the way up to a 10, and because they're soft-soled I have no idea how the leather holds up with a big kid who walks and runs and jumps around. What I do know is that these moccs will stay on their feet! Even going up a size, Rory has a difficult time pulling them off, and he's yanking and pulling and sucking on them any chance he gets. I was a little worried that the moccs would be too warm for summer, but I don't think that will be an issue. They seem pretty breathable. And the smell of them. Yum! Genuine leather. I don't even have a pair of shoes this nice.

So even though Rory looks a bit like Mickey Mouse with his too-large-bright-yellow-roundy shoes, I don't even care. Maybe in a month or so he'll have grown enough that he doesn't like a duck. Until then, I'm searching for a new pair of baby shoes that will fit Rory NOW because it's too warm for those Minnetonka's and they're driving me up the wall. I'm hoping to convince Andy to let me get him those Arubas in a size 3, and maybe since we're getting a monster tax return I'll be able to swing it (thanks Obama!)

So here's the great news!

Freshly Picked sent me a free pair of moccasins to review, and now I get to give one of you a free pair as well!!



I'm hosting a giveaway on my instagram page. Follow me at @ravidmar and repost this image using the hashtag #ifrolicandpickfreshly. That's it!

For extra entries, you can tag friends on my original instagram post or leave a comment below! You can regram up to once a day. When you leave a comment here, be sure to include your instagram username so I know if you followed and reposted.

The contest closes Monday, April 28, 2014 at midnight mountain standard time. US entries only.

Good luck! And thanks again to Freshly Picked!

18 comments:

  1. I would love to win! The yellow is perfect and Rory looks adorable! I reposted on IG - michelecave

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  2. jbutlermcphee - Love this giveaway! I love the swimming with the sharks colour. Too much.

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  3. My IG is @callenandco . I would love to win for my son! I think I would pick weathered brown - so hard to choose! Your son is adorable. My son has pretty blue eyes also. We are in trouble! We own those leggings too! ;)

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  4. My IG is @BrookeGordon106! I would love these little moccs for my baby! So adorable especially those heirloom moccs!

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  5. My instagram name is @krismcclain27 and I would love to win a pair for my little man that's due in 2 weeks :) thank you for the chance!! ♡

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  6. My instagram name is berlynnlucille ((: I followed and reposted! Would love to win these for my 8 month old ^_^

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  7. My IG name is ashemoniquejade. We are so deeply in love with Freshly Picked moccs & it totally is like a right of passage to own these well designed durable cute & colorful pieces of Moccaholic heaven! Thanks for the chance!.

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  8. My IG is mistylittles!
    Thanks for the chance :)

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  9. ig:tweetyscute

    I love the stone suede color

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  10. absolutely adorable in so many great colors (@geckogirl5)

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  11. Rory is adorable! Such a lil heartbreaker :-) thanks for the fun giveaway, @allyssabelle

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  12. I want to try these so bad! I love the color you got. I follow and posted on instagram (@lanaechristi2)

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  13. My IG is carolita009- I follow you on IG :-) I'm in love with Freshly Picked moccs! My faves at the moment are Prince George and after seeing your little man in Golden Rods I would love those too!

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  14. Re-grammed & following. My username is themorrisplace.
    Thank you! sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  15. Shared on IG @ norahsdigs. Thanks for the giveaway, love the yellow! ;] Fingers crossed!

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  16. Rachelle4g on Instagram
    Love love love the brights and metallics! I have chrome and was obsessed with choosing the perfect color like you...I now have a wish list/timeline of what I'm hoping I can buy and WIN...next on my list is a bright one...Aruba!!! Then butterscotch. Then rose gold.

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  17. new follower here! new momma and fellow blogger and freshly picked enthusiast! posted!
    IG - acolorfulreality (check out my blog, www.acolorfulreality.blogspot.com) I own a few freshly picked, but i was hoping to win to give to my friend who's having a baby in July! (seriously, how awesome a gift would that be?)

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  18. I think I missed the cutoff but am gonna try just in case, thanks for the awesome chance! :)

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