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December 19, 2010

VIVOBAREFOOT Kids' Shoes Giveaway*; VIVOBAREFOOT Kids' Shoes Coupon Code

* Or, Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes!

Presuming that most of my readers aren’t in the age 7-and-under demographic, this week’s VIVOBAREFOOT contest isn’t for you – rather, it’s a chance to pay a giveaway forward. More accurately, you’ll be paying it down, to the little feet of someone you love. That’s because the prize is a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT kids' shoes.

I first reviewed this line of shoes in September, when my then-six-year-old daughter was drafted into service for Running and Rambling Inc., to test-drive the incredibly cute Pally model for this review. She absolutely loved them, wearing them to school practically every day, even using them to smoke the other kids on laps around the track in P.E. class.

VIVOBAREFOOT Oaky, and some of my daughter's favorite chapter books

This time around, my daughter has turned seven, and the shoes she’s been testing for several weeks are the Oaky, cleverly described on Terra Plana's website as a Mimi-Me version of the Oak, which happens to be my own favorite VIVOBAREFOOT model.

Nubuck upper loosely attached to nylon mesh sockliner; a sampling of American Girl books

The upper of these shoes is made of nubuck, with a nylon mesh collar and lining that is loosely attached to the upper at a few anchor points. There is a removable memory foam insole, and the entire shoe is completely flexible in all directions to let developing feet move and bend naturally. Overall weight of the shoe is 4 oz, or 3.5oz with the insoles removed.

3.5mm puncture-resistant outsole; even more American Girl books

One difference between the Oaky and its parent shoe is that the Oak has a more all-weather tread pattern on its outsole, while the Oaky (and most of the VB kids shoes) uses a shallower tread pattern like the one used on the adult Dharma. Thickness of the puncture-resistant outsole is a bit less on the kids’ versions, 3.5 mm compared to 4 or 5mm for the adult versions.

Classic styling of uppers; assorted book favorites

Like the Oak, the Oaky has a fairly classic styling that can be used as an all-purpose shoe for just about any kids' activity – and like all VIVOBAREFOOT shoes, it’s durable enough to easily last until your child outgrows them. However in the interest of full disclosure, we did discover one durability problem: the “toggle” piece of leather that holds the ends of the laces in place came loose fairly easily on my daughter’s pair. This is a known issue at Terra Plana that was addressed for next season’s design. We fixed ours by just tying the elasticized laces in a knot; fortunately, the laces are mainly a decorative feature on the Oaky just as they are on the Oak.

I described my rationale for loving this line of children’s footwear in my original Pally review, and since that time nothing has changed to make me hesitate to recommend them to any parent concerned for his or her child’s healthy foot development. As it does with its adult lines, VIVOBAREFOOT has a large selection of children's shoes in various styles and colors, and from now until December 27th, all of those shoes are available at a 25% discount with coupon code RRKIDS. The banner ad at the top of the page will remain in place this week as a reminder.

But if you’re lucky, you won’t even need a discount: one lucky winner selected from the comments below will be awarded a free pair of children’s shoes this week, courtesy of VIVOBAREFOOT. Please note that the largest sizes in this collection are a US kids’ size 3, so if your little ones have bigger feet than that, your options are to sit this giveaway out, or try winning them for a friend or relative.

Since this is a holiday week, we’ll do this contest with a short turnaround time: enter by 5PM Wednesday, December 22 and I’ll announce the winner the next day. Let’s keep entries for this one simple as well with a “one comment, one entry” system. Big thanks to VIVOBAREFOOT for sponsoring this contest, and good luck to everybody!

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plh55,  12/19/10, 8:47 PM  

Let's see if I can get my kid a FREE Christmas gift.

Turi 12/19/10, 8:48 PM  

Good subtitle, made me laugh.

Bet my son would wear those black Oakys with his uniform proudly.

Jeff_C,  12/19/10, 9:02 PM  

Did I see 'Organic Chemistry' and 'Topology' texts among the book collection??

And, yes, I would like to win a pair of shoes...for my grandkid.


Mr. Liporto 12/20/10, 2:45 AM  

Hey, if I didn't win a pair for me, my son might as well try!

Tess 12/20/10, 4:23 AM  

Oh, I've been looking at these for MY 7 yr old! He would love a pair.

The BIG E 12/20/10, 4:37 AM  

my little one would love a pair

Jeff 12/20/10, 5:23 AM  

I would love to get a pair of these on my daughter!

Trail Clown,  12/20/10, 5:37 AM  

Cookie Monster Baby need oaky cookie

Jason 12/20/10, 5:56 AM  

Would love a pair for my little girl. Thanks!

Chris 12/20/10, 6:01 AM  

Would love to win a pair of these for my 10yr old daughter. Thanks for the chance!

Round Runner 12/20/10, 6:04 AM  

I have a very active 3 3/4 year old who loves shoes. These would be great!

Chanin 12/20/10, 6:06 AM  

Thanks again for the opportunity!

Eddie 12/20/10, 6:29 AM  

Count me in for the opportunity to win

shel 12/20/10, 6:33 AM  

oh please oh please oh please... i hate the foot coffins that they sell for kids these days!

Kevin 12/20/10, 6:37 AM  

Hey my kids have feet! I'm in!

Rolfe 12/20/10, 7:02 AM  

It's nice to see these for kids too. Count me in!

Woodrow 12/20/10, 7:53 AM  

Sounds like a great gift indeed.

Daniel Prevett 12/20/10, 7:59 AM  

I would like some of these shoes for my kid. Count me in.

dml 12/20/10, 8:43 AM  

Either of my kids would love a pair!

tdomina 12/20/10, 9:26 AM  

I've been eying VB kids shoes for a while now, but it's tough to think about spending that kinds of dough on something they grow out of so quickly. Free sounds perfect!

migangelo 12/20/10, 9:33 AM  

i know a baby i can outfit with these.

John Nguyen 12/20/10, 10:30 AM  

Count me in, for my 3.5 year old daughter...

D-A-D-D-Y,  12/20/10, 11:17 AM  

Problem with winning will be figuring out which kid gets the shoes! Guess that is where the 25% discount comes in handy.

Steph 12/20/10, 11:37 AM  

I would love a pair for my kids.

Chad 12/20/10, 11:39 AM  

My kids would love them!

Moshe 12/20/10, 12:59 PM  

could be great for my 5yo daughter!

wch 12/20/10, 1:34 PM  

My girls are developing a shoe collection like me, so this would be perfect for them!

Freer 12/20/10, 2:57 PM  

Flat shoes my kids would actually wear!! Woohoo!!

Angie Bee 12/20/10, 3:20 PM  

I have spawn and I would love an entry for them!
Thanks for another great giveaway!

puux3,  12/20/10, 3:46 PM  

My grandson would love a pair! hey look so comfortable! Thanks for al the goodies in your give a way bags :)

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES 12/20/10, 7:08 PM  

Those are some seriously sweet shoes! My 5 year old would rock the heck out of them!

Rory dela Paz 12/20/10, 7:12 PM  

We got my daughter a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT Pally at the TP store since it was on sale. It would be great to get my son his own!

papafoster 12/20/10, 8:22 PM  

Please put me down for an entry for my 4 year old daughter. I hate seeing her run with lead weights on her feet!

Kate 12/20/10, 8:41 PM  

I would love to win those shoes for my older daughter. She's a proud runner at age 4, but she did inform me the other day that she takes the winters off. Given that we've already had 25 inches of snow, it feels like I practically am too. :(
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iJuls 12/21/10, 3:45 PM  

By the way, I received my Kali's yesterday (thanks to the discount code) and am wearing them at work today. They're feeling pretty darn good. Thanks!

Please enter me into this contest.

Thomas 12/21/10, 8:21 PM  

My three year old would love a pair : )

MacDo 12/22/10, 6:56 AM  

My nephew will be amazed ... i'm my brother flabergasted, I have been talking about Vivo barefoot for a while ...

Corey Singletary 12/22/10, 3:42 PM  

My niece could use some quality shoes

krazygoat 12/22/10, 7:52 PM  

My lil munchkin could use a pair

Artem Portnoy 12/23/10, 10:03 AM  

I've been a fan of Vivo shoes ever since I found out about them about two years ago. Of the three pairs I have, Dharma is by far my favorite and is the one I wear regularly. However I was extremely disappointed with their kids' shoes. I got Oaky for my 6 year old son and found the soles really stiff, as bad and even worse than some of his "regular" shoes - an absolute deal breaker as sole flexibility is one of the important features of "barefoot" shoes. I ended up returning the shoes and am currently considering Soft Star mocassins.

Krista Gordon 12/23/10, 10:18 AM  

My daughter needs a pair! I love mine!

Donald 12/23/10, 10:20 AM  

Artem: Thanks for your comment. We found these Oaky shoes to be quite flexible, just like my Oaks. Soft Star mocs are an excellent choice, but the styling is completely different than what VB offers. There's a place for both, and I'd certainly still recommend the Oakys for anyone.

Artem Portnoy 12/23/10, 10:44 AM  

Donald, very interesting. I wonder if the problem could be related to shoe size. The ones I got were EU 29, and I could barely flex them with my hands. The sole seems to be of the same material as adult size shoes, but maybe because of the shape they get stiffer when small.

Melody S.,  12/23/10, 10:55 AM  

My daughter would LOVE a pair!

mucamaca,  12/23/10, 1:08 PM  

yes please

Jason 6/15/11, 5:56 PM  

My wife won't let me put the boys in kids KSOs or Trail Gloves yet, so it would be great to snag some Vivobarefeets for them to run around in

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