Once upon a time (about a week ago) I couldn’t find a single pair of Dory’s baby shoes. I found 4 individual shoes, but of course none of them matched. Ugh. We were trying to go run errands to begin with, and apparently a trip to the shoe store was going to be added in.
At the last minute, Melanie found a second shoe that was a match. Hurrah! But the shoes seemed to fit just barely, so time to get a bigger size.
I know most moms have at least one thing that they are “particular” about. For some it is car seats (“Only backward facing until my child is 4”), for others it is natural foods (“We don’t allow our child to eat any artificial food coloring”). For me, it’s shoes. Don’t ask me why. It’s not like I grew up wearing ill-fitting hand-me-down shoes that gave me a complex. But for whatever reason, it’s important to me that my children have shoes that are healthy for growing babies.
Unfortunately that usually means a hefty price tag. When Melanie was little, her feet were like bricks. We called them Flinstone Feet because they were these solid, fleshy rectangles. She didn’t wear shoes until she was a year old because we couldn’t find shoes that her fat little feet would fit into. At a year we finally went to Stride Rite and forked over $40 a pair to get the extra wide shoes for our little chunk-kin.
PediPed has great information on foot health for little ones, and certain things to look for in baby shoes. I remember reading also that the sole of the shoe should be flexible enough to bend in half, and that you should be able to twist the soles as well. Try doing this little exercise the next time you are cruising the baby-shoe aisle at Wal-Mart. You will be amazed. A lot of toddler shoe soles are made of a hard rubber that barely gives, let alone bend in half.
The way I have managed to indulge my shoe-fixation is by shopping clearance sales. My personal favorite is See Kai Run If you plan in advance and keep your eyes open, you can get great deals. I usually pay $20 or less per pair of shoes, and because I am buying multiple pairs at once (again, that planning in advance) I get free shipping too.
But back to Dory’s shoe crisis. We only had one pair of shoes, and she needed new ones. NOW. I figured I could get a decent pair at Payless Shoes until I found another sweet deal at See Kai Run.
The lady at Payless was super nice and offered to measure Dory’s feet. Perfect! Except that she was currently wearing (crammed in to?) a size 4.5 and she measured at just over 6.5.
Mother of the Year. Right here.
After I finished gasping in guilt, I pasted on a smile and started shoe hunting. We ended up with these cute tennis shoes, that do indeed bend in half and twist side to side. Dory no longer has to be put through the Ugly Step Sister treatment when trying to cram her feet in her shoes.
I’m sure she’s grateful. (I, however, still feel guilty.)