Brand Loyalty

I am one of those people who tries something once, and if I like it, I stick with it. I find a menu item that I like at a restaurant, and I order it every time. I find a product I like, and I buy it every time. Brand loyalty (and lack of adventurousness) definitely holds some power with me.

There are just some things that are (probably) never going to change. My dishsoap? Dawn. My paper towels? Bounty Select-A-Size. My slippers? Isotoner.

And then there are some things that I thought would never change but did.

  • My baby gear loyalty has always been to Graco; but when Graco couldn’t offer what we wanted for the twins, we bought Fisher-Price high chairs and Britax convertible car seats.
  • I was loyal to Tide laundry detergent for the first five years of our marriage; but when I realized our clothes weren’t getting clean and our daughter had sensitivities, I started buying Earth Friendly Products Ecos.
  • My facial moisturizer loyalty has been to Only Yourx for the past six and a half years; but when I admitted to myself that the price was keeping me from using the product as generously as I really needed to, I switched to another good but not as expensive product, Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer (recommended by my “retired” estitician-sister).

 
I have one other brand loyalty that I’m currently calling into question, and I would love to get some input on this…. When Abel, our oldest, was ready for his first pair of shoes, I went into our local Stride Rite store and questioned them as to why I should buy their shoes for my child. They explained how Stride Rite shoes are designed based on extensive research and that unlike other children’s shoes, Stride Rite’s are actually good for a child’s foot. Based on that information–and the fact that their shoes come in wider widths than other brands–we purchased our first pair of Stride Rites and have never looked back. The health of my children’s feet is just not something I want to mess around with!

That being said, I’m wondering if Stride Rites are indefinitely the way to go for Isabel and Elliana or if there is another good brand out there that I’m not aware of. My questions are raised by the facts that their feet don’t appear to be as wide as Abel’s and don’t appear to have the pronation tendencies of Amariah’s–and by the fact that there are two of them, meaning an already high price tag is doubled. I do, of course, want to give them the very best that we can give them; but what I want to know is: Are there some other good brands of children’s shoes that I should consider? One thing is sure–quality comes at a price. But, I also want to make a decision that is wise and reasonable on all sides. I am attempting to not be blinded by my brand loyalty (because I really do like Stride Rite!), so if there is another brand that I should “see,” please share that in the comments!

So, what are some of your brand loyalties?

8 Comments

  1. Amy S. says:

    I have always loved Pediped shoes for boys when they were learning to walk. They are so flexible! In fact, Collin refused to wear “real” tennis shoes for awhile.Pediped also makes a bigger version for older kids called Flex. I have never bought them but I know they have an insert that can be taken out and allows the child to wear the shoe longer. BTW~ I LOVE my Britax carseats! I don’t think I’ll ever buy another brand.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Pedipeds! They fit great on Evelyn’s long narrow feet.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I actually love Target’s Paper Towels and Toilet Paper :) I only buy the Method Brand soap refills…eco friendly package, smells good and the price is right (2.49 at Target and I refill my soap dispensers 5-6 times!). I only buy Carter’s pjs (at the outlet or Kohls) for Robyn…they are the only ones that hold up well to lots of washing without shrinking, and again, the price is right :)

  4. trisha hammond says:

    Agreed with the other two post about pedipeds. Like stride right, they are good for kids feet.
    AND they actually last a very long time. After inspecting Jaxon’s first pair, I thought they wouldn’t withstand ruff play of a toddler..but when it came time to give them away they were still in GREAT condition.

  5. Trisha says:

    Target has a brand of shoes that’s a knock off of pedipeds but only $12/pair. Mary found a pair for Salem and I really like them! :-)

  6. September says:

    I really have no strong opinion on the shoes… lol… we started off with Stride Right… but after 5 children… choose the best for the price and quality we can find.. and so.. I will be interested to see any feed back here.
    Blessings to you Angela.
    How is your healthy eating/cooking going?
    I am always re-inspired,… motivated when I hear of another persons diligence in this.
    September

  7. I am loyal to the Works toilet bowl cleaner. It is the last conventional cleaner I buy after mostly switching to eco-friendly ones. Nothing else takes the rust drip out so easily, or at all.
    Also Pro-Activ skin products. I stop using them and my chin breaks out every time.
    Sorry I have no advice on shoes. We do spend the big $$$ on my husband work boots at Red Wings but the quality seems to be going down.

  8. Angela says:

    Thanks to everyone for the comments and suggestions!