Tsukihoshi: Fun, functional and full of features

04/29/2008 at 07:00 AM ET

Tsukihoshibaby03_2 When I was a kid, a sneaker was … well … a sneaker.  But as well all know, those days are long gone.  It has only taken me four years of motherhood to figure out that not all children’s sneakers are created equally; Technology has advanced to such a degree that sneakers are now full of features my own feet could have only dreamed of 30 years ago.  And if it’s feature you desire, then features you shall receive, because it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Tsukihoshi

With fun, but fully functional, selling points like a green-tea based deodorizer, its no surprise that Tsukihoshi would be the sneaker of choice for celebrity babies like Liv Freundlich, 6, and Sam, 4, and Lola Sheen, 2 1/2

Click ‘continue reading’ for the full Tsukihoshi review. 

Tsukihoshichild01Tsukihoshi (pronounced ski-ho-she) means ‘moonstar’ in Japanese, and has been operating in that country as a shoe provider since 1873.  The company employs four special features in each pair of shoes it produces, including the two pairs we tested — The Tsukihoshi Baby 03 (shown at intro of review; available in sizes 4.5-7; $45.99) and the Tsukihoshi Child 01 (shown at right; available in sizes 6.5-13; $49.99).  The features are: 

  • Balanced landing:  Tsukihoshi constructs their shoes with a solid half-sock board and a solid heel counter to help provide stability in the heel area, where little feet need it the most.
  • Arch support:  A "molded cup insole" is designed with a child’s arch — which is not yet fully formed — in mind. 
  • Light and flexible:  A "flex-joint outsole" allows children to bend their feet along the line from the joint of the big toe to that of the little toe.
  • Barefoot-like comfort:  Extra space in the toe area allows the child’s toes to splay on contact with the ground.

But the perks don’t end there.  Tsukihoshi employs a wide and curved Velcro fastener that is the very definition of easy on/off.  Many shoes bill themselves as such, but Tsukihoshi is by far and away the winner in this category from our perspective.  Need more? 

The molded, removable cup insole is coated with green tea polyphenol, to deodorize and keep the sneakers smelling fresh while also wicking away moisture from the foot.  Its not just a gimmick:  Whereas a normal insole has an 59% efficacy rate of deoderization, Tsukihoshi’s green tea polyphenol boasts a rate of 95%.  And although Tsukihoshi has done what it can to guard against odor, no sneaker can guard against the puddles they’ll inevitably be stomped in … But if your Tsukihoshis get dirty just toss them in the washing machine.  Yes, that’s right!  A designer sneaker, worn by celebrity babies, that’s machine washable.  Just be sure to use the cold cycle with normal detergent (no bleach), and air dry away from direct sunlight.  The company also recommends that the insole be removed and washed by hand.

Tsukihoshi’s shoes are light as air, but heavy on features that growing feet need, and at a price that won’t break the bank.  To purchase a pair of Tsukihoshis for your own child, click here.

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