Pros of MyMayu's Muddy Munchkins:
- Flexible soles allow kids feet to move naturally.
- Gaiter style-cuff keeps out gravel, mud and water, which keeps kids happy, extending outdoor play time.
- Fun colors and styles.
- A family-founded and run company.
- Good fit for little feet.
- Can be used with or without fleece liners (sold separately).
- They pack down super small and they are really lightweight, making them great for travel.
Cons of MyMayu's Muddy Munchkins:
- The tread could be grippier, but I’d only suggest this if the sole’s flexibility is maintained.
- Currently only available in limited toddler sizes ... but more sizes coming this spring.
- The Muddy Munchkins model is not 100% waterproof ... but stay tuned for the Aqua model coming this spring.
- Made in Mexico ... but this is only a sort of con because the company is keeping a close eye on its supply chain and chose to manufacturer in North America (versus Asia) to reduce its environmental footprint.
The full review:I’m a mom with a 2.5 year old. I’m also an ultrarunner who is a closet believer in minimalist shoes. So, when I first encountered MyMayu I was blown away by the simple brilliance. The company's founders took the idea of flexible shoes for kids and designed awesome lightweight boots. The soles on MyMayu boots allow children’s feet to move naturally as they run, climb and somersault. All the while, the gaiter-style cuffs that attach to the soles keep out water, mud and gravel. Our daughter tested out a pair of the Muddy Munchkins' purple garden girl, size 7/8 this fall. When they first arrived our daughter was thrilled because she now had her own pair of rain boots “just like mommy’s.” Once a string of golden fall days turned wet and cold, we finally got the chance to put the boots through their paces. We jumped in puddles. We waded in creeks. We climbed with them on the playground. We rode bikes with them. And we even used them in snow. The Muddy Munchkins model is NOT seam-sealed, and we knew this. This model is recommended for light rain, not stream wading. But whenever we test a piece of outdoor gear, we like to truly test it – to find out what its limits are, if we can. So I gave my daughter the go ahead to wade into a stream one October afternoon, and I was impressed. The liner inside the boots (sold separately) got damp, but just slightly – nothing my daughter noticed or mentioned. MyMayu is releasing a truly waterproof boot in the spring called the Aqua. Stay tuned for that. We also let our daughter wear them in the snow on a warmish day, even though MyMayu boots are advertised as three season. Again, we were impressed. With the liner, her feet stayed plenty warm and dry. The sole on the boots are NOT super grippy, so she did slip around quite a bit. But from a 2 year’s olds perspective this was a pro, not a con. She proudly told me she was ice skating. MyMayu was founded by parents Suzanne and Javier Solsona. I got a chance to meet them and talk to them at length last winter. They’re great people, and I personally love their mission to get kids outside. To read about how they’ve managed to start this company while still focusing on their kids, check out this guest post I wrote about them (and other parents who have started outdoor gear companies).
MyMayu products are manufactured in Mexico, and while it’s not the US or Canada, Suzanne and Javier are being extremely thoughtful about that aspect of the business. Here’s what they say on their website: We strive to make the highest quality product at a price that parents can afford. We chose to manufacture in Mexico in order to reduce our environmental footprint as much as possible. We have a close relationship with the people who make our products and monitor all stages of production to ensure that everyone along the supply chain is being treated fairly and being paid a fair and living wage. Bottom Line: I love MyMayu’s boots ... and, more importantly, so does my daughter. Just check out that smile ...