Last Thursday I brought Henry shoe shopping because I had been struggling to get his shoes on for a while. Turns out he needed it. He was wearing a size 7.5 shoe and needed size 9s. I also had to get him new winter boots since he kept tripping in his and they were size 8s. Let me tell you the bill was hefty. Had I known what a lucrative gig kids shoes were, I would have focused my career to become a cobbler. His feet grow so quickly, we’re constantly getting new shoes for him. I was he would make it through the winter with one pair of boots but I was wrong. Luckily I got him some Bog boots that go from -32 degrees to +15 so he can wear them as spring mud boots as well.
We always buy our shoes at Kids Footwear in the Hazeldean mall. They’re so knowledgeable with how kids feet grow and we have a points card that after 12 pairs, they get a pair free. That may sound like a lot of shoes to go through, but I think we’re on pair 6 or 7 already. From what I was told on Thursday, Henry has “graduated” from baby type shoes to more active toddler shoes, so the price has gone up with it. I know it sounds like I’m complaining but at the same time, I’m not willing to compromise on shoes for him. I’d rather buy him something I know is specifically designed to accommodate kids growing and using new bones and muscles. I mean, if you think about it, in the first 2 years of life, a baby goes from crawling to walking to running and jumping. I want to make sure he has the right support for all of that. So far we’ve pretty much stuck to Stride Rite shoes for him since they make them to fit narrow long feet, like Henry’s. The shoe lady (well that’s what I call her) was saying he’s approaching the age where his feet will start to slow down in growth and shoes will last a little longer. Here’s hoping. At least with a second boy on the way, I know those pricey little shoes will get a second use.
And what does Henry have to say about his new shoes and boots? He LOVES them. I don’t know exactly when this started, but Henry can be a bit of a fashion star. There’s certain clothing that he loves and others that he hates. Like if I try a particular combination of clothing that’s not working for him, he loses it until I pull something out (or he pulls something out) that he’d rather wear. So far, he seems to have pretty good tastes. Anyways, when trying on the shoes he liked, he was walking around the store, pivoting, like he was walking down a catwalk. Then we tried another pair and he just stood there looking at me like “you gotta be kidding right? These clash with EVERYTHING!”. The same with the boots. He tried on a pair that just weren’t cutting it for him, then tried on the Bogs. He liked them but wasn’t sold on them. Then the saleslady said “I have these in other styles” and pulled out a bunch of boxes and Henry dived in, picked out a pair and those were the ones. He loves them so much, he puts on his boots on his own now like a big kid.
I’m worried one day I’ll be getting ready for work and he’ll tell me “you know that looks terrible right?”