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Stride Rite SM Kellen Sneaker Review

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I can’t believe it but my little guy is on the verge of walking! I’ve been very anti-shoe since he was born (who wants to shove pudgy baby feet into shoes that won’t even touch the ground) but I want to get him used to wearing them because I’m sure once he starts walking, he won’t be letting me carry him as much.

When deciding which shoes to buy for him, I did a lot of research and the top three things that were important for me when choosing a shoe was that they were:

  • Breathable
  • Lightweight & Flexible
  • Rubber Soles

I saw Stride Rite mentioned a lot as a recommended brand for toddler shoes and while perusing their website I fell in love with the Stride Rite SM Kellen Sneaker.


Stride Rite SM Kellen Sneaker Details

  • Suede upper
  • Rounded edges to decrease stumbles and falls
  • Premium leather lining for breathability
  • Alternative closure with hook & loop for easy on/off and adjustability
  • Memory foam insole for enhanced comfort

Besides checking all of my boxes for what I was looking for in a toddler shoe, the Kellen Sneaker is a part of the Stride Rite Soft Motion collection which is “built to encourage natural movement. They give toddlers the confidence and support to take first steps”. A perfect match for what I was looking for!


As soon as the package arrived, I put the shoes on my little guy so he could give them a try. I thought he would be a little resistant to them but after grabbing the toes a bit at the beginning, he didn’t pay them any attention the rest of the time he had them on. I let him crawl around the house in them for about an hour to see if they would stay on and to my amazement they did! The hook & loop closure makes it so easy to put the shoe on and secure it to keep the shoes on.

I think this is a great shoe that could be worn at a variety of occasions from swinging at the playground to attending a wedding. I not trying to buy this ever-growing child a million pairs of shoes so I love that these are versatile.

Overall I am very happy with the Stride Rite SM Kellen Sneaker. Interested in buying this shoe? Check the links below for a list of retailers.

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