Thursday, October 16, 2014

On Trend: Moccs

Over the past year or two, a new trend has emerged in baby and kids footwear. Behold the moccasin, or “moccs” as they are more lovingly known by most fans. These soft sole shoes are usually made of leather or suede and have an elastic opening, making them easy off and on for Mom and Dad, but also allowing them to stay on your little one’s feet. I'm dying to get a pair for my daughter, but lately she has been quite picky about what goes on her feet. Over the summer she would pretty much only wear a pair of pink and purple neoprene Nike sandals we bought her for the beach. These days it's a black canvas slip on shoe I purchased on a whim from Walmart! Go figure, my two year old has a mind of her own.

You’re right, the moccasin isn’t a new shoe. In fact it’s been around for ages and Minnetonka has made and still makes some pretty awesome moccasins! My husband even has a pair of moccasins that he wore as a toddler!

However, there's a new kid in town when it comes to these soft soled shoes. The most familiar brand, and one you may recognize from the ABC show “Shark Tank,” is Freshly Picked. Susan Peterson and her adorable moccs were already quite popular with trendy moms and she had a small celebrity following when she appeared on the show in May 2014 and struck a deal with Daymond John. Since then, her brand has grown tremendously, including many new colors, a collection of totes and clutches, and recently she announced that limited colors of her moccs will now appear in on and in select Nordstrom stores. The price point hasn’t changed ($60 for most colors and designs) and the moccs are still made in the USA.

Freshly Picked certainly isn’t the only place you will find these adorable and stylish baby and toddler shoes. I’ve collected a few of my favorite mocc makers below--each offering a different take on this cool “new” trend. Check them out and grab a pair for your little one this fall. They’ll no doubt be the coolest baby on the block.

{1} These Coral Pear Bow Moccasins in Sunshine Yellow might be my favorite of all favorites! I am a sucker for yellow and the little bow adds just the right feminine touch. 

{2} Looking for something with laces? This Little Looker Shop Oxford in pink and grey is a unique alternative and could be a good option for a dressier occasion.

{3} The Mary Jane by Coral Pear is so sweet and would look just darling on any little lady.

{4} The Faas Design Frontier Boot would be a perfect staple for fall. I can see this paired with some skinny cords and a cable knit sweater. I might have to request these ones in an adult size. 

{5} These Timber leather and flannel moccasins by Happy and the Hectic make me want to roast marshmallows and drink apple cider!

{6} The sleek Faas Design Modern Moccasin in hot chocolate is a sleek option for those who aren't big fans of fringe or decoration.

{7} Happy and the Hectic makes some of the more artistic moccasins I've seen. I really like these Hot Pink Rover moccasins. 

Tip: If you're interested in these mocc makers, be sure to follow them on Instagram or Facebook for shop updates, sales and giveaways, and of course pretty pictures of adorable baby shoes.

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