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Discovery: Bical Shoes

By Isabel Kallman

Check these out. I visit my sister’s children’s boutique, Ola Baby, at least once a month. It’s based in Brooklyn in the neighborhood where we grew up and the majority of my family still lives. She has a great eye and is constantly scouring the trade shows and such for merchandise to sell. (Unfortunately, my sister has since closed her store.)

I walked in the other day and, as always, my eye went straight for the new stuff. Love these, I told her and she said so does everybody else. They are manufactured in Brazil and thus for some reason, for which I cannot pinpoint, look to me like they belong on the soccer field. It’s a hybrid of sock meets water shoe.

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Looks like only place you can buy these now is through the company’s website which is UK-based.

Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

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  • Belinda

    July 18, 2007 at 12:19 am

    Oh, man, if only they’d had those booties when Bella was that little! How large do they come?

  • Isabel Kallman

    Isabel Kallman

    July 18, 2007 at 12:24 am

    This came from the Baby Marketplace website:
    Bical Grippers Size Chart
    To ensure this shoe fits your baby properly please measure your child’s foot (draw around it on a piece of paper and measure). Use the chart below to choose the shoe size that will fit your child best. Example if your child’s foot measures 4.75″ then a size 4 / size 5 would be the best fit.
    Size 2 – Insole measures 4.0″
    Size 3 – Insole Measures 4.5″
    Size 4 / Size 5 – Insole Measures 5.0″
    Size 6 / Size 7 – Insole measures 5.5″
    Size 8 – Insole measures 6.0″
    Size 9 / Size 10 – Insole measures 6.5″
    Size 11 – Insole measures 7.0″

  • jenB

    July 18, 2007 at 3:07 am

    I bought a pair from Kim of Babymarketplace fame and we love love love them. They fit a little on the wee side, at least for Charlotte. Kim actually lives about 30 minutes from me! Small small bloggy world. I wish I had a pair to wear in the sand at the playground so my feet didn’t get an unwanted harsh pumice in my sandals.

  • Momly

    July 24, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Ah. So interesting that’s your sister’s store! I no longer live in the neighborhood but it was/is a great addition.

  • Kara

    July 26, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    Wow… do those come in adult sizes? I would totally buy AND wear the pirate ones…

  • Joanne

    July 27, 2007 at 10:35 am

    I would love to see my grand daughters in these around the house. How do they work on the streets?

  • mommyknows

    July 28, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    It’s Kim from here! Thank you for the link! Great shoes ~ we love love love them! They only make them to toddler size 11, which is odd … my son was sad when he out grew them (he actually continued to skwish his feet into them for several months).
    I’d wear the skully ones too!
    Good luck to your sister with her biz, I am too chicken to try a ‘REAL’ store!

  • nik

    December 13, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Am I the only one who hates these shoes? I bought my daughter two pairs because I loved them so much, but they won’t stay on her feet for anything. We went for a walk in them yesterday, and unfortunately, she had to ride in the stroller the whole time, because her shoes wouldn’t stay on!

  • Julie

    January 17, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Hi, I carry these in my store too.
    My daughter loves them. She wore them around and in the pool last summer. She even wore them to daycare many days. They are so comfy. To Nik: if your daughter couldn’t keep them on them you may want to try a smaller size or try them on again when her feet get a little bigger. I found that a slightly snug fit stays on best. And since they stretch they are still comfy.

  • Debbie

    May 20, 2008 at 4:59 am

    I want to buy a pair for my nephew who is an average sized 12 month old. Does anyone know what size I should buy? Or am I out of luck if I cannot measure his foot? Thank you.