Comment from: joy [Visitor]
joy

GO FOR IT! finally a shoe that will let
the kid's feet grow the closest way to our true human "natural programming".

thanks AVI and JUSTIN for
that GREAT review!

10/24/12 @ 17:50
Comment from: Jamey Bly Williams [Visitor]
Jamey Bly Williams

Happiness! I've been waiting for my three-year old to be big enough for Merrell BF shoes... these will be a definite purchase in spring. The only barefoot-style shoes we have for her now are Preschoolians. Great shoes - washable, flexible, adorable - but the worst customer service ever. (The shoes arrived months late, although they did at least give me a refund).

10/24/12 @ 21:12
Comment from: KellyW [Visitor]
KellyW

My son's Keen sandals got very stinky too. I've found some natural foot spray that I spray on his feet or the shoes. I think my goal for their next sockless shoes (once fall/winter is over) is to buy two pairs so they have time to dry! My older son gets some foot stank as well. I am happy to read this review! I want to try the bigger kid options for this shoe when they outgrow their current shoes. My 6yo already needs an XW so I am hoping that these give him some room. I am worried that he won't have as much room as a child with more narrow feet will have, but if its comfortable for him then we'll be happy with that!

10/25/12 @ 08:49
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

I plan to pick up a pair of these in the Spring for my 4 year old. My wife is usually open to letting me pick out our children's footwear. The only problem is convincing her to let me spend $50 on kids shoes. We usually try to stay closer to the $35 range, especially since they are in them for so little before they outgrow them.

10/25/12 @ 09:32
Comment from: Fitz [Visitor]
Fitz

I have my 5 year old boy and 3 year old girl in these. My review would line up exactly like yours! My son's (blue, not lavender) smell terrible because he refuses socks. But they both lover the shoes.

10/25/12 @ 09:50
Comment from: Vitor [Visitor]
Vitor

I want the Vapor Glove so much that is not even funny.

10/25/12 @ 19:45
Comment from: Jessica [Visitor]
Jessica

Hooray! I've been waiting for more child sized minimalist reviews. I hope we can hear about the child line from Vivo soon.

I just got a pair of these for my son (two years old, size 9t shoes) and I love them. We've been using Skidders for when it was warmer outside, but Oregon fall/winter has begun to set in so we needed something a bit more substantial. The heel is kind of stiff but overall they're very flexible and thin-soled. There are mesh panels which do help with breath-ability but unfortunately also let the cold in. But, that's mostly remedied with a warm wooly pair of socks.
We ordered online because the local Merrell store only carried size 10 and up and the ones we ordered turned out to run a bit large. This pair should easily last him through the entire winter they're so big.

I second that they fit wide feet well, this kid has gargantuan feet. And my son doesn't fight me when I put them on him, so, I assume he finds them comfortable.

Overall we're very happy with them and will probably continue with this line (unless something less expensive comes along that is just as good or better) until he's big enough for some Vibrams.

10/26/12 @ 02:29
Comment from: philip [Member]  

We've had these for our daughter since she began walking (11 to 19 mo). The only major problem is what you eluded to (stinky). Her feet get so hot and sweat way more than anything else she wears, which definitely leads to stinky feet (eventually even with socks).

The other major issue we have is the price. Seriously, $50 for an infant shoe!?. Don't know how true this is, but I was told by someone connected to Merrell that the issue is with using the Vibram soles. With the Vibram branding, they can't sell them any cheaper. I was told if they used their own rubber, they would be around $30.

My personal opinion, it's not worth these at full price for a kid under 2 years (we'll see how I feel at 3 years). Personally, I like Pedipeds the best so far.

On a side note, I love the slow mo toddler run. I notice this every day with our daughter, and I'm sure my wife's sick of hearing me point out our daughter's naturally learned midfoot strike.

10/27/12 @ 23:55
Comment from: Kim [Visitor]  
Kim

Does anyone know if these are still sold in junior sizes? My almost 4-year-old wears size 8 (infant/toddler) and I am having a really hard time finding minimalist shoes for her.

03/01/14 @ 08:05
Comment from: Leilani [Visitor]
Leilani

Do you know if these have been discontinued? We found a pair of Merell Barefoot Crush Glove kid size 11 at REI on clearance in the Fall. I wanted to pick up the next size up and I can't seem to find them anymore. REI said they aren't carrying them. Merrell has moved all the kids shoes off their website onto Stride Rite.

05/28/14 @ 15:53