Treads Boys Leather School Shoes – Review

Treads are a brand that believe they have created the ultimate school shoe, one that is indestructible during playground play, where the stitching will not come undone and the soles will not wear out.  In fact they stand by this claim and offer a 12 month guarantee by which if any part of the shoe does fall apart during normal wear then they will replace the shoe free of charge. 

With a selection of 8 boys shoes available at them moment I think the styles cover all tastes and likes so there is something for everyone. There is also a line of girls shoes due to come out next year so keep you eye out for those – I certainly am!

We decided to try out the Madrid shoe from Treads, a very sturdy looking shoe with velcro fastening, just what my little boy prefers. I was particularly attracted to the extra strengthened toe area which looks like it will stand up to a lot of wear and avoid that dreadful scuffed toe look.

The shoes also have dual fit technology meaning that by simply removing the orange mid layer inside will make the shoe wider, giving a more comfortable fit for those with wider feet.

As you can see in the pictures below the shoes look very smart on my boy and I just love how incredibly sturdy and durable they look.  They are comfortable and stylish for the school day, but also suitable for all those playground games, running around and football that take place at break times when we see the majority of damage occur to school shoes. 

We are really happy and impressed with the Treads school shoes so far and are keen to see how well these will fare over the next few months. If we can get anywhere near 12 months from them before his feet grow I’ll be very happy to say the least, normally at the end of each term his shoes look wrecked, so I’m hoping these live up to their indestructible claims.  All I can say so far is they certainly look incredibly durable, well built and tough so I have high hopes!

Head over to Treads now for a look at their school shoes range and let me know what you think?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Finn a Boy Doll – Review

Finn is a boy doll made by Arklu, the same people who made the award winning Lottie doll for girls which promotes healthy and realistic body shapes and activities a child would typically do.

We received Kite Flyer Finn along with the Gone Fishing accessory pack for 4yr old Mister B to try out.

finnMister B was thrilled with his new Finn doll.  At first he was a little confused that a doll could be a boy, but once he grasped that concept and saw the the removable clothes and little accessories, he couldn’t wait to start playing.  The doll itself and each outfit pack comes with a complete outfit, shoes and associated accessory.  The Kite Flyer set comes with a kite that you can attach the handle to Finn’s hand and the Gone Fishing set has a fishing rod.  Both of these accessories really added to the play value and kept Mister B occupied and happy, sending Finn on various adventures.

finn 2Finn is a really down to earth character who enjoys traditional activities, making him a perfect role model for young boys today.  He’s well made with clothes that are easy to take on and off.  It is even easy enough to balance Finn to stand upright on a flat surface.  His joints are all moveable allowing for full action play, posing him in various positions which Mister B really enjoyed.

finn 3Finn is really different from other boy dolls on the market, free from guns and violence and an ideal role model for little ones, encouraging them to engage in traditional activities.  Finn is the male counterpart of the Lottie doll, a girl doll that has a realistic body shape and enjoys child friendly activities.  Why not check them out today?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received Finn in order to write the review.

DC Super Friends Magazine

My children love magazines and are always lured by the toys on the front cover so when we received the brand new DC Super Friends magazine their eyes lit up eager to see what was inside.  DC Super Friends is all about the world’s superheroes such as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash and many more along side their baddies.  The magazine is primarily aimed at young boys between 2-5 years old and every issue comes with a free toy.

DC super friends magazineThe first issue comes with two communicators with switching screens which you can turn over to show different characters.  Mister B was immediately drawn to these and couldn’t wait to pretend talking into them and spent the rest of the day carrying it around.

The DC Super Friends magazine is full of activities including a story, colouring in, observational puzzles, spot the difference, code puzzles and much more.  There is also a making section to create a Batman mask and Batmobile by cutting and sticking onto card – great for little ones that love to make – I know my children do.

DC superfriends magazineI think this magazine contains a great variety of activities for little ones to do, inspiring their imagination and lots of quick fire questions and observations to keep them alert and thinking about things.  Mister B was fascinated by all the super heroes, Batman being his favourite the moment.  He loved spotting Batman’s logo as we went though the magazine and asked me what others were that he didn’t already know.  He also liked the page discussing colours and he went through each superheroes outfit telling me what the colours were.

Overall I think this is a lovely magazine for young boys, although at the younger age they will require supervision to complete this, but for me it is a nice activity for me to sit down and help Mister B with.

There’s also a couple of competitions included which you can get involved in to win superhero prizes so if you fancy trying a copy with your children when the DC Super Friends magazine goes on sale in the UK on the 19th September 2013 which you can find in supermarkets and newsagents.

Good discounts are available for subscribers, details of which can be found at and within the magazine itself.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.