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Dinosoles Dinosaur Shoes - Raah!

Updated on December 9, 2013

Footwear with Cool Prehistoric Designs

Dinosoles are children's shoes featuring dinosaurs. We like dinosaurs! These sneakers have dinos on them, the soles make footprints and some of them have flashing lights. They're also well made and great value for money. On this page we look at a selection of designs and also the company that makes them.

My four-year old boy asked for T-Rex Dinosoles as a Christmas gift last year. Great! He needed new sneakers anyway. I've included a personal review based on our experience. I updated the review after a couple of months of wear and then again when he grew out of them.

This company knows how to make footwear that will appeal to small children. With both my kids we've found that they go through a stage where they are capable of putting their own sneakers on (especially ones that use Velcro) but they are reluctant to do so. Choosing sneakers that they love and actually want to wear can cut down on the tantrums and get you out of the house faster.

Image: Double Eye X-10 Shoe (Toddler/Little/Big Kid)

Why we love Dinosoles - Features

  1. They are well made, high-quality shoes. This isn't the case for all novelty footwear. Kids feet are important and their shoes need to cope with a lot of action. They get great reviews on their quality. I'm really pleased about this because it's really annoying if a product that your kids love is badly made.
  2. Kids love them. No more arguments about getting your shoes on. (Maybe some arguments about taking your shoes off! "No, you can't wear your new sneakers to bed ...")
  3. They're good value. We think they are well priced given the quality and the appeal to children. They're affordable.
  4. They're exciting enough to make a great birthday or Christmas gift. You have to buy shoes for your kids (well I suppose technically, they could go barefoot, but you know what we mean ...) so buying them as a gift is a bonus.
  5. They're made by a private company based in California who had a cool idea and made it happen. We like to support companies like this.

About the Dino Soles Company

Dino Soles is a privately owned company based in California (company info). They seem to be doing pretty well. These sneakers and the other new footwear and accessories in their range are everywhere at the moment. They also use the brands Dino Soles and DinoRama.

My four year old son has had his T-Rex Diorama Dinosoles for a couple of weeks now. We ordered them online - he got to choose the style and was really excited waiting for them to arrive.

The first thing he loved was the printed design on the box - a very nice touch. Then he opened it as was so excited as he discovered one dino feature after another. T-Rex! Volcano! Another T-Rex on the back! Dinosaur eyes! T-Rex footprints on the bottom! Then he tried them on, and wow, Lights. Preschooler heaven.

They have been comfortable from the start. The first day he wore them to childcare I sent his old shoes too, but they stayed in the bag. He can easily put his Dinosoles on by himself - the velcro straps are great. He says they are really comfortable - he's very particular about shoes, he has an expensive pair of brown leather shoes that only got worn a handful of times because they 'don't feel right'.

They seem pretty durable. He wears them everyday. He's not at school yet so he can wear them all the time. And he does. He got lots of attention wearing them at preschool - one of his teachers in particular loved them!

Review Updates

Update: My son has now been wearing his T-Rex Dioramas almost every day for 3 months. The toes are scuffed - like any kid, he drags his feet and messes around on the floor. Other than the toes, the sneakers are in good condition. I wouldn't take him to a smart event in them but they're still perfectly fine for casual wear. The lights are still flashing too.

Final Update: My son wore his Dioramas until he grew out of them. They were his main footwear for around 9 months. He wore them unless it was wet and he needed wellies. By the end they were pretty scuffed. He had worn them for many trips to the local park. They were not in good enough condition to pass onto his younger brother, but I don't think any of his sneakers have been. (We have managed to pass down leather shoes.) I notice that the newer designs have more protection around the toe area which was the area that got scuffed.

Different Styles

The prices may vary for different sizes. These are just a few of the styles available.

Click through to see prices as they can vary by size.

Dinosoles 3D Double Eye Sneaker (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid),Black,1.5 M US Little Kid
Dinosoles 3D Double Eye Sneaker (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid),Black,1.5 M US Little Kid

This menacing reptilian eye design appeals a lot to little boys!

 
Dinosoles 3D Raptor Sneaker (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid),Green,9.5 M US Toddler
Dinosoles 3D Raptor Sneaker (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid),Green,9.5 M US Toddler

A fun 3D design with raptors that are raised up from the shoe.

 
Dinosoles Dinofit Ankylosaurus Lighted Sneaker (Toddler/Little Kid),Green,8.5 M US Toddler
Dinosoles Dinofit Ankylosaurus Lighted Sneaker (Toddler/Little Kid),Green,8.5 M US Toddler

How about an Ankylosaurus, kids will love impressing people by knowing its name.

 
Dinosoles Kids Flipflopasaurus Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid),Blue,12 M US Little Kid
Dinosoles Kids Flipflopasaurus Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid),Blue,12 M US Little Kid

And an option for the beach. They make cool footprints in the sand!

 

Action Video

If you haven't come across these shoes before, this 30 second video shows them well. You get to see the shoes close up so you get a real idea of the detail and bright colors of the designs. And we like the T-rex on a see-saw at the end, nice touch ;-)

Check out eBay for bargains

If you're looking for cheap Dinosoles shoes, it's worth looking on eBay for a bargain. You might get lucky and find a pre-owned pair that got grown out of quickly.

Celebrity Fans

Dinosoles are very popular. They are often spotted on celebrity kids.

Cool Caps

We love the caps that match the footwear, they make a very cool combination, dinos from head to foot!

Matching T-shirts

Tees too. T-rex and friends all over! There are designs that match the graphics used on the footwear.

Do you know kids who would like shoes with dinosaurs on?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have been buying Dinosoles for about two years now. Two out of the five pairs had to be returned, one due to the diorama image fading to the point of non-existence in three weeks and the other because it completely fell apart in just over a month (with light wear). The prices have also increased since we bought the first pair. But they are the only shoes that my 5 year old will wear, so we will cross our fingers for a good pair and continue buying them.

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      Little boys would love to own one of these. And I think the plush slippers are really cool.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Dinosaur shoes best shoes for the growing boy who thinks he is a raptor or T-Rex.

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      BrassFittings 6 years ago

      cute shoes - I'll show my wife!

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      I've havn't come across these shoes in India but am sure kids will love them.

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      jdwheeler 6 years ago

      My little boy is only a few months old, but I can't wait until he's a little older and he could get some of these. Very cool.

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      Jen 7 years ago from California

      Love these shoes! Perfect for any kid!!

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      MagpieNest 7 years ago

      @thesuccess2: Thanks for the encouragement. Just given it a quick update.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lense! I think most kids love it :)

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      Dinosaurs: get me every time! Keep working on this lens it's got a great future.

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      GramaBarb 7 years ago from Vancouver

      Very cool!