A note from the Editor: This contest has ended, but Bison Booties has new colors and designs for you to love. Check back on the second Tuesday of the month for regular Prairie Style File.
This month’s giveaway is from Bison Booties, which produces cool and often colorful handmade booties and slippers for babies, kids and adults. The soft-sole, vegan-friendly footwear (and other baby items) are designed by owner and super mama Erica Hager and sewn in Bismarck, North Dakota.
I first noticed Bison Booties when Eli was a baby and I was looking for something that would stay on his busy — and super wide — feet. (Sorry baby — you inherited your mama’s feet!)
Then it seemed like I saw them everywhere. They popped up on TV, making cameos on Parenthood and About a Boy and showed up on the feet of celebrity babies. They were featured in Country Living Magazine and the Martha Stewart Living Blog. Bison Booties was also a “Top 15” Finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made Award in 2012, which is a pretty big deal.
Fast forward to downtown, Bismarck, North Dakota, a few weeks ago. I’d been trying to figure out why I recognized the friendly brunette standing near me. When I finally peeked at her name tag, I laughed out loud.
“You’re Bison Booties’ Erica!” I exclaimed, practically chasing the poor woman down in the street like the weirdo I not-so-secretly am. “I’m Alicia from Prairie Style File!” It’s always kind of odd when you meet people you follow online in real life.
Erica, myself and Carolyn
Thankfully, she didn’t think I was a madwoman and we kept chatting throughout the conference. I also met =Bison Booties blogger, Carolyn Moore (who I also recognized from her time in television news — North Dakota is such a small world) and we knew we had to give you all a chance to explore the Bison Booties product line. It’s always more fun to shop when you can use a gift code, don’t you think?
Bison Booties are totally going to be my new go-to baby shower idea. The colors and fabrics are fun and kid-friendly they’re something parents can really use. In fact, baby gifts are how the whole business got started.
“In all honesty, I never expected or planned for Bison Booties to be a business,” says Erica. “But after the first few pairs were given as baby gifts to friends, I quickly learned there was a need for Bison Booties outside of my own use.”
“Not only do Bison Booties stay put on kicky baby feet, they are machine washable, and their soft soles support proper foot development. That combination is impossible to find in commercially made baby shoes,” she continues. “Bison Booties are a great product, but the real reason for our widespread popularity is […]our customers and their constant support and encouragement.”
Bison Booties offers adorable, colorful bibs as well. They’re a nice addition to your own household collection (you can never have too many) and a smart thing to tuck into a baby gift for moms and dads.
And aren’t these adult slippers cute? I didn’t realize Bison Booties made them until I poked around in the online store. So even if you don’t have kiddos, I think you’ll find something you like here. And it always feels good to support a local business.
“When you buy handmade, you are supporting your neighbor, your community. What could be better than that?” says Erica. “I love creating handmade products because I truly believe that handmade is better than factory made. Better in quality, craftsmanship, and value. A little bit of me is in every pair of Bison Booties and I contract with about ten women in the Bismarck-Mandan community who also put their love into each pair they craft.”
Want to win a $50 credit from Bison Booties? Just enter the contest below by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 26. There are lots of ways to enter, including several that you can do every day to increase your chances.
If you’re looking at this on a cell phone screen, the contest widget might not display properly for you. You can enter to win by commenting on this post, liking, sharing or commenting on Facebook and/or Tweeting about the giveaway. You can do all of these things once a day, so spread the word! Just make sure you tag Prairie Style File on social media so I can see (and therefore count) your entry.
A winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Prairie Style File on July 1.
And if you can’t wait and want to buy some Bison Booties right this second, you can find them at Moe Moe’s Garden Baby Boutique in Dickinson, ND, at BREA in Mandan, ND, at Unglued in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and at Bibs and Binkies in Bozeman, MT.
And, of course, you can always shop online at bisonbooties.com.
Good luck and happy shopping!
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