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I don’t know about you, but when I see an adorable little girl in a cute outfit with coordinating shoes, I melt. I don’t know what it is about women and shoes, but it seems to be inherent and it begins early in life. Like most moms, I’m on a budget, which means I can’t purchase coordinating shoes for every outfit my five-year-old has. To compensate for this, I often purchase shoes for my kiddo in neutral colors (ie. white, tan, and/or black). Enter Swicharoos.
Swicharoos are a new shoe designed by a young girl and her father. They are new to the market. The shoe itself is a flip-flop/sandal hybrid—sandal because it has a firm sole and flip-flop because of the Y-shaped top of the shoe that does not secure the ankles.
Swicharoos get their name from their functionality; the top of the sandal can be removed and swapped out with up to twelve other options that come with each package. This way, you get twelve shoes in one. The tops range from solid colors to vibrant designs with sparkles so there are many options from which to choose.
I was impressed with how easy it was to swap out the tops. The back of the straps have “Left” and “Right” stamps; simply place the tabs into the holes of the sole, twist and snap. I tried it once, showed my five-year-old, and she picked it up immediately. Not only did she swap out the tops on her own several times the first two days (she changes outfits like a host on an awards show), she also showed her friends from next door while they were playing in our house.
The shoes work with many different outfits and can be dressed up with a cute outfit or down for a more casual look. The band around the edge of the sole is pink and doesn’t match all of the straps, but the difference isn’t easily recognizable. Once my daughter had on the shoe with a paired outfit, the pink on the sole didn’t attract the eye. With matching straps, however, it accentuates it well.
The sole is firm unlike most flip-flops. This caused the only main issue we had with the shoe. My daughter said they felt “weird” on her feet. I believe this is due to the sole not flexing as she walked with the heel of the shoe snapping against her heel. This didn’t stop her from choosing to wear them, though. Just today, she needed an animal print for her Safari-themed summer camp and pulled from her Swicharoo collection. She took great joy in the autonomy and flexibility of being able to choose her own shoes to match and coordinate with her outfits. They have become her favorite shoe.
Swicharoos run slightly small. We ordered an 11-12 for my daughter and they were nearly too small for her—she’s normally an 11.5. If your child is on the upper end of a range, consider going a size up. They can always grow into the shoe and it’s better safe than sorry.
Swicharoos retail for $74.99, which works out to around $6.00 per shoe. While $6.00 per shoe is a great deal, I have a hard time with the higher price, and would not normally spend $74.99 on summer shoes (nor purchase twelve pairs). Per shoe, though, this is a great deal. They also have the option of paying in three installments.
The shoes and sandal tops all come in a super-cute carrying case that zips and stores easily. This comes in especially handy when the closet is all ready littered with random shoes.
Overall, Swicharoos are a win:
1. They will save you from buying multiple pairs of flip-flops and sandals.
2. Kids can swap them out on their own and have a lot of fun doing so.
3. They come in a great case and store well.
4. With every purchase, you support a father-daughter team in their passion and entrepreneurial efforts.
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