Pregnant in Heels star Rosie Pope is partnering with Stride Rite. Admitting she is “blown away by how on trend the Stride Rite collection has become,” the author, designer and mom-of-four, 35, says that kids “shoes have to feel good” and “my kids have to love them.”
Rosie opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her four children – sons J.R., 6, and Wells, 4, and daughters Vivienne, 3, and Bridgette, 15 months – the top qualities she looks for in a good kids shoe, the possibility of adding to their big brood, and their upcoming summer vacation and Father’s Day plans.
CBS: Congratulations on partnering up with Stride Rite. What made you team up with Stride Rite? What do you love about their products?
RP: “First and foremost, I am a mom and with 4 kids and I have become increasingly aware the challenge footwear plays in our day-to-day lives. Let’s face it, they need shoes that are good for their feet and make playing easy and safe regardless of what else is going on that day.
I was struck by the authenticity of the Stride Rite team. I’ve loved meeting their designers who are parents also, trying to solve problems for little feet just the way a parent would – with complete love and attention.
I have to add though, as a designer, I was not only surprised but blown away by how on trend the SR collection has become. I’m a realist. Shoes have to feel good, be good for their feet, my kids have to love them, and I have to like them too. So, I appreciate that real moms and dads are behind these shoes so I can check all of these boxes.
Check out my Stride Rite top picks here.”
CBS: What are the top qualities you look for in a good kids shoe?
RP: “I’m going to be honest — they have to look cute. I know it might sounds awful, but it’s true. Just as important, they have to be comfortable for my little ones’ feet. I can’t bare the thought of them getting blisters or not being able to play properly. Also, easy on and off and washability are big for me as well as versatility.”
[Stride Rite’s Made 2 Play line is washable!]
CBS: How are your kids doing these days? Are the girls best friends, and the boys best friends?
RP: “I like to think so. They do have their passionate moments in both directions, but most of the time it is very peaceful and I can’t tell you the joy I get out of seeing them play together. It’s the magic in life.”
CBS: Do you have any upcoming Father’s Day plans? If so, please share? How about any upcoming summer vacation plans?
RP: “We are heading down south, where my husband was born, and spending the summer as southern ladies and gentlemen [laughs]. I am really hoping the kids come back with an accent.
As for Father’s Day, the kids and I have decided to write a ‘Dear Dad’ letter, telling him all the ways we love him. Sometimes I think we forget to tell dads just how amazing they can be and how much we appreciate them. They may be bashful, but I think they like the compliments.”
CBS: Any plans to add to your big brood? Or are you feeling your family is complete?
RP: “Last time I checked, my husband said he was really really tired — and by tired, I mean tired of getting up in the middle of the night [laughs]. But, we will see.”
CBS: How are things going with your maternity designs? What’s up next?
I am also launching nursing and baby shoes later in the year as well, and there is more to come next year. And for those that miss me on TV, they should check out my YouTube channel and Conversations with Rosie Pope. It’s so fun to be able to package my honest and real advice in funny little segments — and parents to be able to enjoy watching as well as learn from.”