Monday, May 08, 2006
Shoe buying for me as a kid was a traumatic and uncomfortable process. I had such narrow feet (tripple A) that there were rarely any of the cool shoes in my sizes. It was an exercise in disappointment all they way into my adult years. I'd find a cute pair of shoes on the rack only to try them on and have them literally fall off my feet. My mom should have bought stock in Stride Rite and while their syles have improved, back in the day the options for kids with narrow feet were sparse.
With the birth of my kids came a whole new era of shoe buying. The were born with lovely, chubby little feet and I have so enjoyed over the years being able to buy them any pair of shoes that caught my eye. No inserts or odd sizes required. Just wonderfully, normal, average-sized feet. The picture is of my favorites of their first shoes. The little cream colored Mary-Janes were for a wedding we attended four weeks after the birth of my daughter. She wore an absolutely beautiful dress with cream colored eyelet lace peeking out from a pastel floral dress. It was such a joy to find these perfect little shoes for the outfit. She wore little cream colored socks with lace trim around the cuffs and she looked like a doll on the shelf of a collectors showcase.
The birth of my children also ushered in a new phase of shoe buying for myself. My feet grew a half size with each child and suddenly expanded to a normal width. Gone were the days of paying premium prices for specialy sized pumps. I could now buy tennis shoes at a discount department store instead of the high end athletic stores. It was an unexpected but very welcome blessing. And now, my little baby that wore the beautiful cream colored shoes, wears the same size shoe I do! For now, I have the blessing of a doubled shoe collection to choose from!