Friday, March 7, 2014

Freshly Picked Moccasins: a feature, review, + GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}



I've loved all of the amazing shops and individuals I've been able to feature over the years but this is the most exciting one yet! Freshly Picked Moccasins is HUGE and getting bigger by the minute. I love their start up story (which I'll share below) and have enjoyed following their success for a while now. I'm just tickled to be able to review their moccasins for you and to give a pair away!


Susan Petersen started making baby moccasins in 2009 after becoming frustrated by the lack of well-designed baby shoes. Using her second child, Gus, as a mocc-tester, and a bag of scrap leather she picked up at a yard sale, she began experimenting with designs. Working at her kitchen table, on a shoestring budget, Susan persisted through some disastrous attempts until she had created a pair of moccasins that not only looked adorable on Gus’ chubby little feet, but stayed on his feet as well. 
Since then the moccasins have gone through about six design changes. Each change has perfected the look and the fit of the soft-soled shoe. The moccasins you purchase today are durable, well designed, and most importantly: stay on your child’s foot.  

Money was tight at the time Susan started and in order to earn money to start her business she got resourceful. Her brother owns a window installation business and in the summer of 2009 she convinced him to let her keep the old windows that he was removing from the houses. She spent a whole summer banging the glass out of the windows because they were encased in aluminum frames. At the end of the summer she took the aluminum window frames to the scrap yard and recycled them to get money. She made $200 dollars and with that literal sweat equity, she started her business.  

Each pair of moccasins, whether being shipped to the rich and famous (or at least their kids), or shipped across town, are made with care, perfection and a love for the little feet they are intended for. 




Shandell's Review

When we received our very first pair of Freshly Picked moccs last month, I was pretty giddy. I had intentionally ordered them in a toddler size that I thought would fit our 3rd baby when he/she began walking based on average sizes and my boys' feet when they were around a year old. I settled on a size 5 and hoped that I could squeeze Desmond's feet into them just for a few pictures (he's approaching a size 7 at 2 1/2). When I put them on they were tight as expected but when he wanted to walk around in the "cute shoes" his feet slid into them and he was dancing around with delight.



I wouldn't let him wear them out or on a regular basis because they are for baby #3 and they don't fit properly, but goodness they do look cute on him! Makes me almost wish I had ordered his size instead! I didn't know how thick the sole would be so I didn't figure my active kiddo could comfortably wear them out of the house, but these things don't disappoint! He'd easily be able to walk around comfortably  in our yard or at the park. What a treat! A cute shoe that is precious on babies but ALSO works well for toddlers and preschoolers is a rare and exciting find. Their sizes go from 1-10 so they are just under what Malakai (4 1/2 years) could wear.







These moccasins are precious on boys and girls. The color palette is inspirational, I could choose a pair and base a room off of them (like the new coral ones)! Some colors are discontinued to make room for new ones, but they always carry a large selection. Check out their brand new camo ones above, adorable!

As I mentioned the leather material is exquisite, and they craftsmanship is incredible. They are durable and beautiful. I picked "Swimmin' with the Sharks" because we are fond of grey, they are gender neutral and go with everything, plus I thought it was timely choice with Susan having just appeared on ABC's Shark Tank. The color is exactly what I expected from having only viewed them on their website. It is deep and rich and the material is soft yet strong. I couldn't recommend these more highly!




GIVEAWAY!

Freshly Picked is giving readers of Breaking New Ground a chance to win a pair of their gorgeous moccasins! Best of luck!

Use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter. There are multiple ways to enter that will unlock after you've completed the mandatory entry. Please be sure to complete it correctly or all of your entries will be void. All entries are subject for removal by Breaking New Ground.



a Rafflecopter giveaway


This contest begins Friday March 7th and is open until midnight Thursday March 20th. A winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter. The winner will be announced here and notified by email at the address associated with their Rafflecopter entries. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the email to claim their prize or an alternate will be chose.

Interested in seeing your product featured here, see the PR + Disclosures tab and contact Breaking New Ground by email to be considered. Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  Click for additional disclosures and PR policies.

Questions, concerns, comments unrelated to the nature of this giveaway can be left on other generic posts or emailed to Breaking New Ground. 











37 comments:

  1. Hands down best baby shoes. Sister needs a new pair in a size 4 ;) Such a fun giveaway.

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  2. I would love the iced mint or the camo in size 4 ♡ I'm completely undecided right now but they're both amazing

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  3. It is too hard to choose!! I love the new coral and golden rod colors but also the suede bubble gum is lovely! Lilah is a newborn so any size would work but I think for the most longevity I'd also choose size 5

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  4. These are very cute! I like the weathered brown size 3

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  5. COPPER - LIMITED EDITION MOCCASINS
    size 3

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  6. I would get the camo is size 3! Love them so much. :)

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  7. Frosted rose is beyond amazing / perfect for my little lady!!! :)

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  8. I love freshly picked mocs!! I would die for the coral in size 2 😀

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  9. I would pick the platinum or the yellow!

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  11. I loved that episode of Shark Tank! Love the weathered brown moccasins in size 5.

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  12. I would pick Platinum in a size 4!!!

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  13. I'm in love! Thanks for giving us a chance to win! My daughter would look so great in a pair of Blush 1s on her first birthday! :)

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  14. The steel are a perfect neutral!

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  15. Weathered Brown size 2 or 3. (Not sure!)

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  16. I would pick the frosted rose in a size 2.

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  17. Size 5 swimming with the sharks!

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  18. great review! i'd want the aruba moccs in size 4 :)

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  19. Size 5. So many great colors! Blush, Aruba or ox blood!

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  20. Size 5. So many great colors! Blush, Aruba or ox blood!

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  21. Awesome opportunity, would love the weathered brown or a black in a size 3 or 4

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  22. Frosted Rose, Size 4;)
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  23. I adore them all, but I think I'd pick the very versatile "Steel" in size 5. :)

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  24. I'd choose radiant orchid or blush in size 6. :)

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  25. Size 4 in copper are my favorite for my little guy!

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thanks for responding, I love your feedback!

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