Kids are forever in motion, adventuring and playing. It’s what we (usually) love about them, right? I am continually inspired and in awe of their energy and zest for life. And M.A.P. Footwear (which, appropriately, stands for “Motion, Adventure, Play”) has got kids and their needs nailed.
There’s nothing that ruins a hike quicker (or, let’s be honest, any day around here) than uncomfortable footwear. I love that not only do M.A.P. shoes have moulded outsoles made for maximum stability and traction, they are also comfortable and keep feet cool/warm as needs arise.
The older three kids are testing them out this fall….and have yet to have a complaint.
Troy (sizes 11-5):
J has been wearing these on a daily basis for the past almost 3 months. He says they are his favorite shoes and he much prefers them to any hiking shoe with ankle support. They grip very well (which he is sensitive to), have a toggle that he has managed to not wear out (again, something he is very good at doing apparently), and keep his feet comfortable and moving forward. He happily wears them hiking…..but for everything else too. They’re just rugged enough and are “splash safe” too.
Alps (available in sizes Toddler 5 – Youth 5):
These Alps boots are so unique for a few reasons:
- They are made for cold weather hiking/playing and are “Frost friendly”. P had no issues hiking in them when it was 55 degrees, and plans to wear them throughout the winter for hiking too (will definitely update this review after he gets a chance to!)
- Hiking boots like these are REALLY hard to find in small sizes. These are awesome for toddlers just getting comfortable on the trail too.
- The maximum grip outsoles are outstanding…..especially helpful when the ground freezes!
The only thing I wish is that there was a toggle to tighten/loosen to adjust for thicker or thinner socks. But, P said he doesn’t miss that at all.
Sequoia-T (available in sizes Toddler 5 – Youth 5):
To be honest, I swore I would never put my girl in faux fur boots (or real ones for that matter!) But, L thinks these are the best things ever. In fact, she doesn’t care if suddenly we have a 70 degree day – those boots are on her feet. They have a side zipper for easy in and out and ARE pretty cute. But, more importantly, they feel comfortable to her and are definitely trail-worthy. They also happy to be pretty cushy inside….and she often refuses to wear socks with them.
I highly recommend the brand and the shoes! You can purchase them right now at the Nordstrom Rack (for really good deals!)
The new M.A.P. site will also be up shortly (and I’ll link up to it when it is!)
M.A.P. Footwear generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.
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