When the owner of these shoes came to a testing event, she had a few of her dishes and other household items tested. Then one of the other mothers there suggested her baby’s shoes be tested (as she was already on her way out the door!) These golden moccasins were positive for lead at 1,674 ppm lead (+/- 63 ppm lead). They were negative for mercury, arsenic and cadmium.
These shoes are unbranded with no information about the make or marker and came to the mother second hand (a hand-me-down from a friend.) The amount of lead that is considered UNSAFE in an item intended for children is anything 90 ppm or higher in the coating. These shoes are therefore “illegal” in that they are newer (past 5 years or so), specifically made for use by children, and positive for a level far above the 90 ppm threshold.
Because of violations like this, new BRAND NAME baby shoes should be lead free (or at least “Lead-safe” – below 90 ppm lead.) All of the new baby shoes I have tested recently have been in compliance with current federal regulations. TIP: Avoid any hand-me-down or non-brand-name baby items.
Here is a good amazon link* to a similar product that should be lead-safe/lead-free: