Mabel has been outgrowing shoes like it’s her job. I’ve complained about it before.
Back in Auguest, Totsy was having a sale on Rainbow Steps shoes.
I’m a fan of vibrant colors, so these are the ones I chose:
I also purchased these Pipsqueaks:
I got the first pair in in a Little Kid 6, and the second in a Little Kid 7. I had to scour the internet for a size chart since Totsy’s didn’t make any sense. The sizes listed in the chart (1,2,…,1,2- yup there were more than one of several sizes with different measurements), didn’t match the pull down menu to pick a shoe size (little kid 4 v. big kid 1v. toddler 1). So, I was practically ordering blind. Of course there’s no 24 hour toll free number to call for help and they have a Draconian return policy- so it’s buyer beware.
Anyway- I hadn’t purchased Rainbow Steps before, so I wasn’t sure about the quality of the brand. Now that they are here, they seem a little bit cheap. I can already foresee the velco closure ripping away from the shoe- it doesn’t seem securely attached. Also, there are some areas around the sole of the shoe where the glue has oozed out and discolored the upper. If Mabel keeps growing at this pace, the quality may not be an issue- she might grow out of them before they wear out. For what I paid, with the Totsy discount and all, I’m OK with them and really love the colors.
The Pipsqueaks seem to be better quality, but since they are still too big for Mabel, we’ll have to wait and see how they hold up.
Overall, I’m not a big fan of Totsy. In addition to the inexplicable size chart, their ordering system is a wreck. Every time you revisit your shopping cart, the visible countdown showing you how much more time you have the item reserved for (before it becomes available to another shopper) resets. So, you really have no idea if the item will still be in your cart when you check out. I learned this the hard way when I had a pair of shoes in my cart, then through the whole checkout process, hit submit and found the item had disappeared at that final moment. Their customer service was unapologetic and unhelpful. Despite reporting this to them, they still haven’t fixed it. I think it’s a big sham to get you to pay for shipping and handling on separate orders because something went missing. So, if you’re thinking of ordering from them- beware.