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Shoes! - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Like many women before her, Margaret is obsessed with shoes. When she wakes up in the morning they are the first thing she asks for, though in that instance she means her bear slippers. It’s one of the reasons why the footed pajamas only get used if nothing else is clean. She already has opinions about which pair she wants to wear on any given day.

I too love shoes. I am picky about shoes. Shoes must be both stylish and comfortable. The best shoes have flexible soles. I am a firm believer is good footwear, and I like to think that this is one of the reasons why I’ve never had any serious issues with my feet in spite of years of dancing and the associated abuse my feet have taken. If I were blessed with more storage space I would probably own many pairs of shoes, assuming I could find more pairs that meet my standards. Few things give me as much retail therapy pleasure of finding and buying a pair of shoes that actually meet my standards. One of the few things that tops it is finding a pair I love for Margaret, and since she outgrows her shoes my shoe shopping energy is spent almost entirely on her these days.

I am a huge Robeez fan. They have a soft flexible sole that is the next best thing to being barefoot, something I think is important for proper foot development in little kids. I can’t really let Margaret go barefoot much, even during the few months when her toes wouldn’t freeze off, so I consider Robeez to be the next best thing for her in terms of foot development. I plan on keeping her in them for as long as I can find any that fit. With my latest purchase she now has four pair in her current size, plus one pair of their boots. Other mothers I’ve met on the playground have implied that I spend too much on Margaret’s clothes, especially her shoes, but I don’t care. Their children can wear those cheap crocs if that’s what they like. At $30 a pair I think quality footwear is a good investment, and it makes me happy. It’s also becoming increasingly obvious that it makes Margaret happy.

“Shoes!” When I opened the box that contained her the last two pair that I bought her on Monday Margaret was plenty excited about her new shoes. She does not like being barefoot, and will say as much. The first sentence that Warren heard her construct a couple of months ago was, “Need two shoe.” He’d gotten distracted partway through dressing her, and she certainly had an opinion about that. She has opinions now about which shoes she will wear for the day. I’m fine with that as long as they are appropriate to the weather. Since I buy her shoes I get to pick out ones I like in the first place, so she’s picking from a selection that I have already approved. I suppose that there may be battles ahead once she learns about shopping and wants to pick them out in the store, but right now she seems overjoyed with the ones I’ve picked out, simply demanding her choice in the morning. It’s hard not to be caught up in her enthusiasm for her shoes, and indeed, if I could find more pairs for her that I liked as much as the ones she currently has she might have even more to choose from.
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jaedian From: jaedian Date: January 7th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I like pediped. They make soft soled shoes that are really pretty. (not sure where the ones J outgrew are)

I think umi make soft soled shoes as well and they are quite nice too.

I generally buy pricier shoes as I want them to be comfy. There are a few brands (with rubber soles) that I would also recommend once you get there.

J LOVES shoes. No-one else cared, but she loves them. She is often the only one that wears all the cute slippers I got them too. Very fun.
astra_nomer From: astra_nomer Date: January 8th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
My kindergartener has been begging me for high-heeled shoes. I've been on the fence about giving in, because on the one hand, he's been asking for weeks, but on the other hand, I'm not sure it's the best thing for his feet. And he's a boy.

What would you do?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 8th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'd buy him high heels in a boys style: http://www.supadance.com/acatalog/8800.html
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