Bobux Xplorer Review
I was massively thrilled way back at the end of last year when I received a reply to my tweet to try out the Bobux Xplorer range. Precious Sparkle had recently started walking and I wasn’t sure about the shoes to get for him. It is very important to me that his feet has room to grow, but I also want to make sure they’re protected when we are out and about. So this was a fab opportunity for me, a first time mum muddling through motherhood.
The shoes arrived amidst much expectation and to my delight in January this year. As you’ve probably guessed, I was very keen to try it on my son, and I did. Precious Sparkle has put them through their paces over the months, and literally tried and tested them on a range of surfaces.
My verdict: I really like Bobux Xplorer and I highly recommend it.
As a new blogger then, it was especially lovely to take part in Bobux’s sampling campaign, though it took me a while to get it round my head that no review was expected from me.
However, we’ve had such a good time with our pair of shoes that I’ve decided to write about it. They are a key part of the development of Precious Sparkle’s walking. Our little boy even learnt to say, ‘shoes’ with his Bobux Xplorer :-). ‘Awwww’, right!
Here are the top 5 things I really like about our Bobux Xplorer.
1. Lovely Texture
They look and feel like good quality. We got the original range, which is made of 100% leather like all Bobux shoes. They are just right in their consistency; simultaneously hard, soft, and stretchy enough for big hands to put on little feet, and for a comfy fit.
2. Cool Colours
Such fun combinations; we went for the black and blue one and it goes with all of Precious Sparkle’s outfits.
3. Chic Style
‘Cool, comfy, and cute’ are the words that come to mind. Its strap fits through an attached top flap, making it easy to keep secure when faced with exploring little hands. The elastic mechanism that joins the rim of the shoes to the front fixed flap makes the shoes easy to put and keep on little feet. This of course also means that it has extra room for a comfy feel beneath little ankles.
4. Firm and Flexible Sole
It’s like the base of a rocking chair; only its middle rests on the surface it’s on. I think this adds to its comfy feature. Its firmness and flexibility are definitely an essential for its dual indoor and outdoor use. It’s soft enough to wear indoors, for toddling and crawling; but firm enough for walking outside on a range of surfaces.
Precious Sparkle sometimes ‘jumped’ with it, stamping heavily on the ground just for the fun of it.
Bobux’s measurement guide made it easy to choose the right size for Precious Sparkle; this gave enough growth space for us to use our pair for over 5 months! We got the 3.5 size for him and he started wearing it around 11 months.
The front of the shoe is wide enough for wiggly toes and it’s easy to feel through, to know when it’s time to move to a bigger size. Precious Sparkle walked in it on a range of terrain both in and outdoor – carpeted, tiled, grass, paved, sandy, bumpy, rocky, smooth etc – without any issues.
It’s also breathable; he always wore them with socks in a range of temperature and his feet never got sweaty.
I was surprised that it didn’t fall to pieces given the use we got out of it at home, church, parliament, parks etc. I’m of course glad that it’s still in good working condition and I’m definitely planning to reuse it next time round :-). For now, we’ll be storing it in Precious Sparkle’s keepsake box.
Bobux Xrange comes in 3 collections: Xplorer for toddler’s learning to walk [from £27, 3 styles, 9 colours], Step Up for first walkers [from £35 , 4 styles], and I-Walk for confident walkers [from £42, 4 styles].
They are available in EU sizes 18 to 22 and UK 2 to 5, and are definitely good value for money.
I like sourcing fab competitions for my readers and Bobux kindly obliged me in this instance. You can enter my competition to win a pair of Bobux Xplorer shoes for your little one until July 8 2015; very easy peasy entry options.
What did you like about your little one’s first pair of proper shoes?
Check out Precious Sparkle rocking his Bobux Xplorer shoes on Instagram 🙂
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