I Love: Umi Shoes Review & Giveaway

by farrah on September 4, 2012 · 112 comments

And around here, happy little feet begin with our gentle hands. Hands that meticulously craft each and every shoe for the utmost in comfort and fit. Hands that simply know how to make a better children’s shoe. So, what makes a better children’s shoe? Years of experience working with age-appropriate lasts, patterns and buttersoft leathers give Umi a step up over everyone else. At Umi, all we make are children’s shoes, and we believe every step your child takes is as important as their very first.

Comfort • Style • Trust

It’s that time of year again! We’re all in the throes of back-to-school this and that, looking ahead to cooler days and more rough-and-tumble clothing for our kiddos. I am trying to figure out how and what to stock up on for the boys- each will be in (or have already started as in B’s case) school this year. My dilemma this time around though has been what to buy for the guys that will be long lasting, durable, and able to keep up with them once we cross over the pond and check into a much cooler and more damp climate in the Netherlands.

When I checked out the fall line of Umi’s big boy shoes, I was taken right away with the shoes that were waterproof or water resistant. If there’s one thing I know- moving over to Holland it’s going to be much more rainy this fall and winter than we’ve seen in years here in South Carolina. I closely took a look at the Oleson shoes in dark navy ($70) because they were water resistant. I mean, come on- could I have found a better shoe for jumping in the puddles as we walk and bike to school each day?

Crafted from Umi’s patented water resistant UmiTex technology, Oleson is a classy solution to those school days when the weatherman is calling for a chance of showers. Available in two handsome shades, with two adjustable hook and loop strap closures.

Besides appearing as if they might last through all three of my little men, they have that stylish Umi look and ease of getting them on and off himself. I love them!

We ordered these easily online using their handy little pdf shoe size chart. You don’t want to go messing around and guessing sizes. Print off the chart and measure each foot so that you’re sure you get the correct size. Also note that Umi takes into consideration the whole ‘room to grow’ philosophy. If you order up a size- I promise you they’re going to have more room than you need, so go based on the size given in your chart. I was a little too generous with my size estimation- but they’re still close enough to be worn now as well as this fall and winter.

These are our fourth pair of Umis and ALL THREE BOYS have worn the three previous pairs of shoes. B & L  have been the only lucky ones to get them brand new (my poor little sweet feet C!) – but I think that’s really saying something to be able to pass shoes down through three boys. Sure you might be saying $70?! I don’t even spend $70 on shoes for myself! And I get that. But I wouldn’t mind paying that price for a pair of shoes that are going to earn their wear. Mompromise. These are good shoes.

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Disclosure- I received a pair of shoes for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.

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{ 112 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stephanie September 4, 2012 at 12:34 am

I’d really be grateful for any style, as I’ve got three who need new shoes and fast!

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2 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf September 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

Umi shoes are so great for my boys. I love the Tyler!

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3 Yvonne September 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

We like the hayman! So appropriate too!

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4 Andrea September 4, 2012 at 1:01 am

I want the Darena for little A!! Ive never heard of UMI, where have I been?

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5 Elizabeth Sullivan September 4, 2012 at 1:09 am

Love the Brogan!

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6 Kristen September 4, 2012 at 1:47 am

My girls have such big feet that they are almost caught up with me! I am helping you spread the word though. Umi does have great shoes. Well worth the money and even better if you can score a free pair!!

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7 April G September 4, 2012 at 1:57 am

I think I’d have to get the Moabb if I won, because they’re waterproof and they’re high, both of which are necessary for rainy Oregon winters! Plus my oldest is growing out of his shoes at an alarming rate. He went from a size 9 to a size 10.5 in just three months. Ack!

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8 Shannon R September 4, 2012 at 3:05 am

The navy Paley are adorable!!

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9 Cynthia C September 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

I might select Trincy in White/MLTI

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10 Brianne September 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Darena boots are too dang cute! perfect for winter here!

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11 Crystal F September 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I would get the Ellise boots in silver. thank you!

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12 Jen September 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Bluet for my two year old.

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13 Janet W. September 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I would probably choose the Tyler shoes for my grandson.

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14 lala r September 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

brogan in gree multi

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15 carol September 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

there are so many that my granddaughter would love, but I think the Louise 334051-660 is cute

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16 Kelly R. September 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm
17 Katherine September 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I like the Cali in Black for little Girls

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18 Monique Rizzo September 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I like the Tylers.Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

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19 Mary Happymommy September 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I like the Ryder sneakers.

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20 Teresa Vanselow September 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I would get the Oleson. I’m sure my grandson could get good use from them since he just started Kindergarten this year.

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21 mechele johnson September 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm

i am in love with the Flora in Pewter…beautiful!

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22 AmyH September 5, 2012 at 12:47 am

I hope I have need for the Etude pink and white baby girl shoes 🙂

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23 Nicole Vosburgh September 5, 2012 at 12:55 am

I love the Bodi little boy boots in brown!

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24 Rochel S September 5, 2012 at 1:01 am

Love Marlane in Pewter!

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25 Hoa Le September 5, 2012 at 2:14 am

I like the Morie moccasin.

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26 Colleen Maurina September 5, 2012 at 3:57 am

I would pick their Boys Brogan Shoes in Brown Multi.

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27 Rosanne September 5, 2012 at 4:35 am

I like the Oleson

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28 Paige September 5, 2012 at 4:58 am

I would buy a pair of boys’ shoes and a pair of girls’ shoes from Clearance and donate them to my local food bank’s clothing department.

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29 Stephanie V. September 5, 2012 at 5:02 am

Hedden – LOVE them!

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30 christina givens September 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I would choose the Moraine in leopard print for my oldest grand princess

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31 shelly September 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I’d pick bluet in pink

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32 Kristi C September 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I would choose the Caaden.

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33 Ashleigh September 6, 2012 at 2:26 am

I love the metallic flora shoes for my girls. TOO cute!

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34 Melanie B September 6, 2012 at 6:39 am

right now I’d go with the Cassie in silver or black

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35 Michelle C September 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I like the Caaden in Taupe for my son!
Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

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36 Ashley Hatten September 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I like the Shane shoes for my son! Thank you!

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37 Kelly D September 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I would like the Terran shoes for my son.

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38 Tamar September 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

The pendant for my daughter.

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39 Diane @ One LoCo Mommy September 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I probably get Ryder for my son or Flora for my daughter. I can’t decide, lol. 🙂

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40 Kristy Thiel September 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I’d get the Cerise in pink. Thanks for hosting!

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41 D. Courtland September 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I would totally get the Keelback. I’ve been having a heck of a time finding good closed toe/heel sandals for my little boy.

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42 Kristie Rice September 8, 2012 at 6:15 am

I’d pick one of the umi baby shoes! My best friend is having a baby and these would be perfect!

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43 Hali September 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Torrance is adorable. 🙂

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44 Christine M Tubbytelly September 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Love every color of Bodi.

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45 Bethany M September 9, 2012 at 3:15 am

I’d get callie in red!

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46 Mary S September 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I love the Darena shoes. So cute!

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47 jessica edwards September 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

darena

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48 Susan Chester September 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I would get the Bodi shoes in Navy-cute!

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49 Erika P. September 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I would get the Bodi for boys in taupe.

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50 Richard Morris September 10, 2012 at 2:53 am

i like the Oleson boys shoes

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51 scarlette September 10, 2012 at 3:36 am

tyler for my nephew

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52 Carolsue September 10, 2012 at 7:04 am

I think I would pick the Tyler 357223-492 shoes

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53 dario September 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I would pick the Torrance for boys

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54 Kimberley Meier September 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

I love the black Kayley boots!

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55 Edith September 12, 2012 at 4:12 am

Dana in black

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56 vera September 12, 2012 at 4:57 am

Torrance style for my son

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57 Ann September 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Love the Brogan!

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58 Kelly H. September 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I would pick the Darena boots.

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59 Elisabeth September 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I’d love to get the Addie!

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60 Anne N. September 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I like Calie in Red.

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61 Jill Myrick September 13, 2012 at 12:13 am

I would choose the Brogan shoes from the little boys section.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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62 Brandy Nelson September 13, 2012 at 4:34 am

I like the Brogan, Pendant, and Bodi!

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63 Adrienne Bireley September 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I’d get the Oleson shoes for my son.

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64 Daniel M September 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

i like the torrance in gray

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65 shawna September 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I like the charmmy boots

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66 Kirby McCauley September 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I like the Cassia in pink & navy 🙂

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67 Jennifer September 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

My daughter would love the ellise boots!

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68 Auri Lae September 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I’d get the Rory baby shoes for my little one 🙂

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69 Tabathia B September 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I love the morrow boots

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70 Nicole Larsen September 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I’d get the Ravern pair for my daughter 🙂

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71 Tiffany Hearn September 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

My daughter would love the Eirland pair in Hot Pink Raspberry!

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72 Tara September 14, 2012 at 1:18 am

love the braden!

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73 Richard Hicks September 14, 2012 at 1:21 am

might get little girls Calie 32007-030

brich22 at earthlink dot net

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74 Jill L September 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

I would love the Paley in Fuschia.

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75 jeannine s September 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

I would get girls Pendant

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76 Erica C. September 14, 2012 at 2:04 am

I like the Sammie baby shoes.

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77 Kim D. September 14, 2012 at 2:22 am

I would get the Paley in dark navy.

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78 gina September 14, 2012 at 2:32 am

Brogan in leaf green

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79 Amy Carlson September 14, 2012 at 3:36 am

The Morie (a).

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80 Candice Hull September 14, 2012 at 4:20 am

I like the navy Brogans for my youngest son. Love the socks! My boys have a pair of those too 😀
Thank you

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81 laurie nemeth September 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Would really like this .. thank you

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82 Ciara B. September 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm

i’d pick either the boys braden or bodi shoes

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83 ReggieMann September 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I would get the Big Girls Jenna in Navy

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84 Terry Cross September 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

The girl’s Maddie in black

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85 Michelle S September 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I would choose the Darena shoes.

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86 David Basile September 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Darena 320111-600

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87 cassandra (rab pom) September 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I would get the kyra shoes in black!

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88 Leigha Kelsey September 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Hedden shoes!

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89 Saver Sara September 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Tyler in navy multi

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90 clynsg September 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I like the Louise sandal.

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91 McKim September 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I would choose the Braden shoe for little boys.

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92 vikki Billings September 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I like the Darena in cognac

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93 Lisa Garner September 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I love the Bluet Purple girls shoes!

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94 Jennifer Peaslee September 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I like the Torrance in navy multi

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95 SHAYNA September 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I WOULD CHOOSE THE Bodi SHOES IN CHARCOAL 🙂

shebebes@yahoo.com

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96 jeanne conner September 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

I like the Ravern

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97 Kerri September 15, 2012 at 12:10 am

Calie – always a classic

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98 Kathy Pease September 15, 2012 at 12:35 am

I love the Tendem
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99 Amy DeLong September 15, 2012 at 12:46 am

would like the marlene baby girls shoes
ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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100 susan smoaks September 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

flora in cherry patent

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101 Brenda Elsner September 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

I like the Shane

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102 carol lewis September 15, 2012 at 1:22 am

moire with white and black spots

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103 shanta spradlin September 15, 2012 at 1:28 am

I would get the Bodi shoes

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104 Kerrianne September 15, 2012 at 1:48 am

love the Ellise boots! My little model would rock them, and they’d be passedonto her twin sisters 😉

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105 Re Morgan September 15, 2012 at 1:59 am

I like the Brogan boys shoes.

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106 Angela W September 15, 2012 at 2:27 am

Morie (a) 322562-041

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107 Jill September 15, 2012 at 2:32 am

Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

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108 Laurie Emerson September 15, 2012 at 2:43 am

I would pick the Calie for girls in Cherry.
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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109 Jessica Hays September 15, 2012 at 2:53 am

I like the Paley in silver!

jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

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110 Breanne September 15, 2012 at 2:55 am

Tendem

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111 Hilary September 15, 2012 at 3:19 am

I love the Flora style

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112 DanV September 15, 2012 at 3:48 am

I’d like Morie purple

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