Tuesday, 11 October 2011

First Steps with SKEANIE...






Buying the right shoes for Babies and Children can be confusing. Experts say that bare feet is best for babies and young children, as children's feet are soft and pliable making them prone to damage.

My daughter Elizabeth is 10 months old and has recently started 'cruising' around the furniture and walking holding our hands, she now wants to do this ALL the time whether we are inside on the wooden floors, at Grandma's on the carpet or outside on the cold pavement. I want to do the best for my child's feet, but her being barefoot all of the time isn't really practical. I needed the next best thing, a shoe that would keep Elizabeth's precious little feet warm and protect them but would also nurture them and leave them free to move as she learns to take her first steps in the world...


So I was thrilled to discover SKEANIE, the critically acclaimed Australian children’s footwear manufacturer that has just launched its first collection in Europe! SKEANIE, who since their launch in 2009, have turned both old and young heads with their beautiful range of children’s shoes, manage to combine all the protection and health benefits a child’s feet require with stunning designs inspired by the latest collections. All SKEANIE shoes are handcrafted from the softest eco-leather creating a light-weight, flexible and loveable shoe which is specially designed to provide comfort and support that allow children’s feet to develop naturally and in a healthy manner.

SKEANIE’s are fair-trade and the preferred provider of the Australian Podiatry Association.

I visited  www.skeanie.co.uk/ to have a look at what was available, and what a selection it was!

 SKEANIE Snugs - Pink - Large - super soft eco-Leather Baby BootClassic PlainMJ's Patent RedLoafers NavySneakies NavyRiding Boots Choc

SKEANIE currently offer shoes for children 0 - 5 years of age, with their Infant range available up to 18 months, and then their Junior range continuing up to 5 years! Looking through the site, I wished I was a child again! I wanted to squeeze my feet into these fabulously funky looking little shoes!



Elizabeth is 10 months old so I looked at the Infant range, which offers classic soft sole pre-walkers, sporty sneakers, skeanie snugs and Infant Mary Jane’s. Although they all looked gorgeous, I couldn't resist the very cute and girly Mary Jane’s! These are available in either 'milk' (which I decided on) or a lovely pale pink colour.





When the shoes arrived I was very excited and couldn't wait to take them out of the box to look at them!

They looked even better in real life! The creamy milk colour is lovely and complements Elizabeth's clothes beautifully. The eco-leather is delightfully soft and very flexible, the stitching is of the highest quality and they have lovely extra details that make them look very special! I love the adjustable Velcro strap with the flower on the end which gives these already very cute Mary Jane’s that extra something and also secures them well on Elizabeth’s wriggly feet so she cannot kick them off! Another fantastic feature is the flex-ease elasticated collar at the ankle, that gives baby feet even more flexibility!

Elizabeth has been wearing these for a few weeks now I am very impressed! They look beautiful on, we have had so many comments from friends and family about how smart she looks in them and I am yet to find an outfit of hers that they don't go fantastically well with! The suede sole provides her with grip when she is crawling and cruising about and the soft leather of the shoe gives her little feet room to breathe and grow!



 Children’s feet are all different shapes and sizes and the soft flexible leather of the SKEANIES is perfect for adapting to this, as is the flex ease cuff, but it does mean that sizing is not going to be exact, the infant range is available in sizes Small, Medium and Large. Although the size small is supposed to be up to nine months, Elizabeth is almost 11 months and they fit her perfectly, allowing room for growth.



In the last few weeks Elizabeth has been taking more and more steps to independence and can now take a few footsteps holding on with just one hand! As she toddles you can see how soft and flexible the Skeanie's are on her feet, they support and protect her little feet without restricting them at all.

Skeanie Recommend that babies remain in the Infant Range until they have been walking independently for at least 8 weeks, after which they can progress onto the Junior collection which offer a flexible rubber sole in place of the soft suede soles of these.


These beautiful handcrafted shoes are available from www.skeanie.co.uk for £26.99 which is excellent value for the quality and design of such a unique shoe which are designed to protect and nurture babies feet!


You can follow Skeanie on Twitter and like them on facebook to keep up to date with the latest news, offers and competitions.





Competition now closed! The very lucky winner is Snow_Bunny!!!

Congratulations!!!

Please email your required size and contact details to mymummyspennies@gmail.com and I will pass over to the lovely folks at www.skeanie.co.uk to arrange to have your prize sent!!

I'm sorry if you weren't the lucky one this time, don't forget to check out the full collection of children's shoes from Skeanie on their website and remember to enter our other competitions...
You could be our next winner! :0)




The lovely folks at SKEANIE have offered you very lucky Mymummyspennies readers the chance to WIN a pair of SKEANIE'S of your choice!

To enter to win this fabulous prize...


- Like SKEANIE on Facebook or Twitter

- Pop over to their website and take a look at their fabulous range of infant and junior leather shoes

- Comment below stating which pair you would most like to win and why

- Please include in your comment an email address so we can contact you if you are the chosen winner (SKEANIE would also like to send you their email newsletter, if you would prefer not to receive this please state this in your comment)


For extra entries you can share this competition on Facebook, Twitter or Forums (please leave an extra comment for each extra entry stating where you have shared.


T's and C's


1. The competition is only open to individuals over the age of 18, and prize can only be posted within Europe.
2. The closing date for the competition is 04/11/2011
3. Competition is in no way affiliated with facebook.
4. The winner will be selected randomly from all entrants who have correctly followed the instructions for entry
5. For the name and country of prize winner please send a SAE to United Brand Management, Delta House, Wavell Road, Manchester, M22 5QZ within 3 months after the closing date
6. If you win the competition, we will notify you by email within 10 days after the closing date. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into
7. If the first winner fails to respond to an email within 14 days a new winner will be randomly selected
8. No part of the prize Is exchangeable for cash or any other prize
9. Winners may be required to take part in publicity
10. Entrants personal data will be processed in accordance with the SKEANIE privacy statement and any preferences you express when entering this promotion
11. By entering this competition you confirm that you have read and understood these terms and conditions
Promoter: United Brand Management, Delta House, Wavell Road, Manchester, M22 5QZ


Although Elizabeth did receive a pair of SKEANIE'S without charge in order for us to review them, all opinions are my own.

79 comments:

  1. WOW these are gorgeous, I really like the cream Mary Jane's, as they would go with so many different outfits,
    following on FB and twitter @tracygrant3

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  2. I really like the cream Mary Janes.
    I like Skeanie on FB and Twitter.

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  3. I have shared on Twitter @topyam

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  4. i love the red patent mary janes would be perfect for christmas- love them :) kphillips@cloughhall.staffs.sch.uk

    Kathryn Phillips

    x

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  5. id love to win the mary jane's in pink they are just lovely and my little niece would look like a princess wearing them
    ive liked skeanie on fb thanks
    kirwin4smithy@yahoo.co.uk

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  6. shared on facebook :)

    kathryn phillips

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  7. tweeted @mummykx

    kathryn phillips

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  8. I have liked skeanie on twitter my favourite pair are the milk mary janes they are beautiful and would be perfect for my 9 month old girl who is just standing up on her own so her first footsteps will be coming very soon hopefully!
    Carly Markham- CarlY_2k05@hotmail.co.uk

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  9. leanne mccarthy
    i love the mary-janes patent in blck because they look fab and will go with alost anything! will look lovely with the red and black dress i got for my little girl for christmas.

    leannemccarthy07@hotmail.com

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  10. Have tweeted the competition @carlymarkham1

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  11. lexi-mai would look adorable in the
    SKEANIE Snugs - Pink - Small - super soft eco-Leather Baby Boot
    Perfect for her first winter

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  12. I like the INFANT MARY-JANE'S because they look so elegant and girly and would be perfect for my liitle girl contact mummy2five@live.co.uk

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  13. I posted the link on my mummy2five fb page

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  14. I shared on my fb profile Joanne dodd

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  15. I adore the Skeanie Snugs in Pink. They are so cute.
    I like Skeanie on FB and Twitter.
    @01592_katie
    katie01592@gmail.com

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  16. I have tweeted @01592_katie

    https://twitter.com/#!/01592_katie/status/123717302112890880

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  17. I have shared on facebook Kate Cunningham
    @01592_katie

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  18. The SKEANIE Snug boots in pink are gorgeous & perfect for the winter.

    nessgorton@gmail.com

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  19. I've shared on Facebook Ness Gorton

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  20. I really like the cream Mary Jane's, as they would go with so many different outfits,
    following on FB emma cella and twitter @emmajane2000

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  21. I would love to win the SKEANIE Snugs - Choc as they look adorable and sure to keep my sons feet warm this winter @Bobbity666
    Bobbity666@rocketmail.com

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  22. Shared comp on Twitter using your buttons @Bobbity666

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  23. Following Skeanie on FB - Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    and Twitter - @littleboo_21

    Would love: Sneakies Navy, for my little boy these would look great with any outfit

    @littleboo_21
    http://boorootiggertoo.blogspot.com/

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  24. Shared on Facebook - Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    @littleboo_21
    http://boorootiggertoo.blogspot.com/

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  25. Shared on Twitter

    @littleboo_21
    http://boorootiggertoo.blogspot.com/

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  26. I have shared on FB.

    My favourites are Sneakie pink and I would like to win them for a beautiful little 2 year old Sophia who lives in Sydney Australia.

    sarah.money@virgin.net

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  27. i love the cream infant mary-janes, they are so classicly pretty and would suit my little angel perfectly xx clairejs1705@live.co.uk
    oh and the skirtles are fab too :)
    facebook shared too as claire whitehurst

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  28. Would love to win some riding boots for my son as I live in Scotland and its been so cold and its only going to get worse Boots are a must have :) dontthinksopussycat@hotmail.co.uk

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  29. I love the infant milk mary janes- amazingly pretty shoes yet good for their feet. I have liked on Facebook.
    blondecurlysarah@hotmail.com

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  30. these are gorgeous, I really like the cream Mary Jane's, as they would go with so many different outfits,
    following on FB Emma Cella and twitter @emmajane2000

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  31. I follow Skeanie on Facebook as Hannah Mdy and Twitter as @hannahmdy

    @hannahmdy
    Hannahmdy17@gmail.com

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  32. I would love to win the SKEANIE Snugs - Navy - Medium - super soft eco-Leather Baby Boo for my little boy because they look sooooooo comfy and cosy for the upcoming wintery months :)

    @hannahmdy
    Hannahmdy17@gmail.com

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  33. I have shared on Facebook as Hannah Mdy

    @hannahmdy
    Hannahmdy17@gmail.com

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  34. I've tweeted too as @hannahmdy

    Hannahmdy17@gmail.com

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  35. I have also pressed the Google +1 button as Hannah Moody

    @hannahmdy
    Hannahmdy17@gmail.com

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  36. I Like SKEANIE on Twitter @pandcands.

    I would most like to win The SKEANIE Snug boots in Pink because they look great and warm!

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  37. I follow Skeanie on Facebook (Liz Tumbridge) and on Twitter (@MunchkinHart)

    I adore Skeanie's shoes. My daughter is only just about to fit into their smallest junior size even though she's 2 now. So looking forward to getting some! I would LOVE a pair of the Pink Winter Boots. They look so cosy :)

    munchkinhart@gmail.com

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  38. I have shared on Facebook as Liz Tumbridge xx

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  39. I have shared on my page 'The Hart of the Munchkin Patch' too xx

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  40. And I have shared on Twitter as @MunchkinHart xx

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  41. Have liked Skeanies on facebook x x

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  42. Have shared competition on facebook x x foxymanc@hotmail.com

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  43. The pink loafers are gorgeous and would go with so much of my daughters wardrobe x x foxymanc@hotmail.com

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  44. Wow these are gorgeous, so hard to choose

    I love the Winter Red Boots, they would be perfect for the snow this winter and so christmassy.

    ljnolan24@gmail.com

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  45. I'd like to win these SKEANIE Snugs - Choc - Small - super soft eco-Leather Baby Boot because they look like they will be very comfy and very warm!
    ramblingsofasuburbanmummy@mail.com

    (followed them on twitter)

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  46. following and shared on fb as star heather, love the Winter Boots - Choc - Size 23 - super soft eco-Leather Children - just fab! love all the shoes so hard to decide which ones i like the best but winter coming up went for a sensible option! luckyhxxx@yahoo.com

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  47. following your blog and am following you on twitter as luckyh678 and have tweeted! x

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  48. I have shared on FB but i dont even know how to get on twitter lol.......i think the small choc Skeanie Snugs are gorgous and would keep my baby boys toes warm for christmas :) xx Sarah Sincock
    hayessarah73@yahoo.com

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  49. Following on twitter (sammie1884) love these really stylish. I would love the mary janes in pink (small) for my little girl due in january xx

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  50. I love the Skeanie Snugs in Pink, these would be perfect for Pearl! Wish they did an adult version too :)
    Sharing on Facebook & Twitter.
    sophie_levitt@hotmail.com

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  51. I would love the large classic plains in white. They'd go with so many of my baby daughters outfits. A great addition to her wardrobe. lornarae@hotmail.co.uk

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  52. SKEANIE Snugs - Pink - Small - super soft eco-Leather Baby Boot I would love to win these for my little niece because she loves Pink and they would go with nearly all her super cute outfits and keep her feet warm this winter
    Following SKEANIE on twitter as Vinmag89
    And liked of FB as Cat Goodband

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  53. Hi I wd love to win a pair of blue infant skeanie boots for my baby boy. He is small for his age so is very hard to find footwear for his first steps as he has now started furniture cruising. A pair of either the blue skeanie uggs or snugs would be lovely for his first birthday on 17 December!

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  54. Hi Jen. I would love to win a pair of the riding boots for my little boy. There seems to be so much choice out there for girls and not nearly as much for boys. Skeanies however seem to be the exception to that rule. So I'd love for a pair of these to wear with his birthday outfit on 7th nov. X kirstie_bain@yahoo.co.uk

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  55. Have liked the FB page
    cpoir@hotmail.com

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  56. Think the navy sporty sneakers are really cute :-)

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  57. entery from facebook for Laura Elbrow - I would love a pair of the infant mj's in pink for my little girl who is nearly walking and in need of some new shoes. lauraelbrow@live.co.uk

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  58. I like the Classic Loafers Pink because the color is so cute and my little princess could wear them with dress or jeans as well!
    verunca@googlemail.com
    Veronika Matewu

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  59. Shared on Facebook.
    Veronika Matewu

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  60. I have bought about 10 pairs of skeanies for my 2.5 year old daughter, 11 month old son and 12 month old niece! I would love another pair of mary janes in the red or the new boy boots for my son!
    Your shoes are great skeanie!
    I like on facebook!
    Cheers Jemma, zane.jemma@hotmail.com

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  61. i would love a pair of the choc winter boots :)
    kerry.brown17@yahoo.co.uk

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  62. i have shared on fb too,for got to say why i would like them lol i think they are beaut :)
    kerry.brown17@yahoo.co.uk

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  64. Liked and shared on FB and we don't want to chose! I guess if we must then Sneakies in pink! Cos they are just adoreabubbles!

    Claire
    ferretmum@gmail.com

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  65. SKEANIE SNEAKIES in blue are fabulous they would look brill on my son and they look confortable. I have liked on facebook
    jessicawhiteheadstevens@gamil.com

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  66. I would love the junior Winter Boots in chocolate because they look like they will keep the cold out for my lil girl. Very warm & cosy!
    Facebook:nashath ullah
    Twitter:@princessnishat

    nishy2005@hotmail.co.uk

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  67. I would love the black patent MJ's, so cute! I am a FB fan :)
    emmabourke83@gmail.com

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  68. I have shared on FB under the profile Emma Zajac, my email is emmabourke83@gmail.com.

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  69. I simple LOVE the Skeanie Snugs and would love to win a pair for my little man x
    sadiequinton@hotmail.com

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  70. Beautiful shoes! My little Daisy would love some soft pink infant Mary Janes as her first shoes. She says she wants to start as she means to go on - a shelf (or three) full of beautiful shoes that feel just as fantastic as they look! dmallett@hotmail.com (Have been a fan on Facebook for a while.)

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  71. shared on FB letting people know 10 minutes left x

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  72. Liked & shared on facebook-Em flaherty
    eflaherty1@hotmail.com

    Would have to be the The SKEANIE Winter Boots in pink.. such cute little girlie boots.. that my little princess would adore.. Boots is one of her few words and she is stuck with her brother hand-me-downs so to have her own pair of "pink boots" would make her smile every day!

    http://www.skeanie.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=37_42_105

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  73. shared on twitter retweeted your msg @sadiequinton

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  74. Skeanie shoes are available at
    Cherry Blossom Boutique
    Carmichael Place
    8 Lochwinnoch Rd
    Kilmacolm
    PA13 4DT xx

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