Stride Rite Announces New Eco-Friendly Boot for Kids

Tracy Stengel
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Stride Rite, a well-known leader in manufacturing kid’s footwear, strives to give parents eco-friendly options when buying shoes and boots for their children. On Earth Day 2022, Stride Rite launched the Stride Forward collection with the Stride Rite 360 Aseel sneaker that was crafted from recycled water bottles.

Today, Stride Rite announced their latest eco-friendly creation — the Cedar boot — for the upcoming fall season. Like the other footwear in the Stride Forward line, the Cedar boot is fashionable, comfortable, and better for the planet. The Stride Forward line epitomizes Stride Rite’s commitment to nurturing the next generation and protecting the world they live in.

“After a successful spring launch of the Sprout and Fern [eco-friendly sneakers], we knew we had to expand our Stride Forward collection for fall,” said Naly Lee, Senior Design Director for Stride Rite, in a press release. “We sought out eco-friendly materials to make the Cedar boot the perfect addition to the collection.”

The Cedar boot will be available in little kids’ sizes 3 to 6. Every boot in the Stride Forward collection uses eco-responsible materials such as recycled polyester, recycled twill lining, and recycled rubber.

Every parent understands putting on and taking boots off a baby can be challenging. That’s why Stride Rite’s Cedar boot has an easy on and off opening to help make getting dressed easier for Dad, Mom, and the little ones. The sole is flexible and slip-resistant and the footbed is made of memory foam.

Stride Rite’s dedication to sustainability doesn’t end with their Stride Forward footwear. It extends to the packaging. They use plant-based inks and eliminate toxic materials. They have limited factory waste to reduce the impact on the environment.

“The styling and storytelling of our Stride Forward initiative and collection of shoes has resonated with our customers and we are excited that we are on a journey of taking small steps to make a bigger impact together,” said Lee.

You can purchase the Cedar online or in Stride Rite retail stores.

Fun fact #1: Stride Rite was founded in 1919. For over 100 years they have been inspired by a child’s imagination.

Fun fact #2: A newborn’s foot bones don’t fully develop until they are about 24 months old. Between 2 and 4 years old, a child’s feet will develop quickly. Flat feet are normal to the age of 5 because a child’s muscles are still getting stronger.

Fun fact #3: Stride Rite discourages parents from giving their children hand-me-down footwear. When a kid wears a shoe regularly, the shoe forms to their individual foot. If another child wears that shoe, it may be worn down in the wrong places and could put them at risk for foot problems in the future.

Is it important to you that your child, and your family for that matter, wear sustainable, eco-friendly footwear? If so, what other things do you do to protect the planet? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments!

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