Ah, one minute your baby’s crawling, next they’re cruising and – oops! – before you know it, they’re toddling around everywhere.
And if they’re walking, they’re gonna need shoes. Gulp ?
I don’t know how other mums find the experience of buying shoes for their wee ones but I’ve always found it pretty excruciating – from the very first pair I bought my daughter (who’s now 5).
That very first shoe-shopping trip with my little girl was when she was just over a year old. It was a packed Clarks in a suburban town.
We had to get a ticket and then wait for what seemed like an eternity to see a fitter, while my daughter, full of the joys of being able to walk – hurrah!! – ran round and round the shop, picking up random shoes and dropping them wherever she fancied.
Sheer joy for everyone else involved, natch ?
Our number got called while I was chasing her round frantically, so we missed our place as number 79 – which we only realised once number 93 rolled round. Great.
And, irony of ironies, once we did get her to sit still long enough to try a pair of shoes on, the assistant went out of his way to take a pic of her on my knee, and make a little card so we would remember forever (we will, don’t worry) the oh-so-special experience of buying Baby’s First Shoes. Hmmmm.
Nope, it doesn’t get any better
As my daughter’s got older, I’ve discovered the pain that is shoe shopping doesn’t really improve – in fact, it gets worse, but in different ways.
For starters, it is always always a last-minute urgent panic – because I’ve forgotten to check if her feet still fit in her shoes.
Then, on a Friday night at 7pm, just before she goes to bed, she’ll tell me her feet have been “achy” all day. So we NEED shoes. Urgently. Tomorrow.
Once in the shop, she’ll want the strapless / slip on / shiny ones with the HIDEOUS bows that I know will last for exactly 3 minutes before the heel breaks off, while I, of course, want to buy the sturdiest best value ones I can find as I really, REALLY don’t want to to do this more often that I have to.
Then she wants ones with lights on.
And they don’t have her size.
Or we get the shoes with lights on (yay!) but, as soon as we’re home and grab them out of the box, we realise the lights don’t work.
And of course ALL her friends have the same ones at school so GOOD LUCK getting both back in the same size after PE.
I’m not sure I can do this much more.
Feet, please stop growing already! ? ? ? ? ?
What do you think?
Do you find buying shoes for your kids a pretty horrendous experience? Do you spend a lot so they last or just buy cheap cos they get ruined anyway?
Do you let your kids choose the style they want or do you have the final say?
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