Monday, May 08, 2006

Sunday Scribbling


Shoes

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!

10 comments:

Laini said...

I think this was the first of all the Sunday Scribblings posts I read that addresses buying kid's shoes -- so sweet! Not having any kids yet, I still love buying those adorable "toy" shoes for nieces! And I can't fathom the narrow feet -- I come from a family with "Flintstone" feet!

javacurls said...

Oh those shoes are so sweet! Great post!

paris parfait said...

Love the children's shoes! I, too suffered from a narrow foot and few shoe choices. I still have problems literally walking out of certain types of shoes. Slingbacks help, as do lace-ups or certain loafers. Last week in Savannah I was trying on beautiful suede loafers which literally fell off my feet. Sigh. Lovely post!

Amber said...

That is a good bright side, twice the shoes!

I have narrow feet, and high arches. I hate to wear shoes at all!

:)

Brad said...

KG

Left foot right foot, feet, feet, feet...

A Shoe-win! Nice job and - I think your toes are perfect!

bg

M said...

Another narrow footed one, there are so many of us! Love the pic and that you can share shoes with your kids!

Yak Attacker said...

Great story, and such CUTE shoes!!! Thanks for sharing.

Yak Attacker said...

Great story, and such CUTE shoes!!! Thanks for sharing.

Cate said...

What a beautiful, celebratory perspective in this post! I really enjoyed reading your words! Thank you for sharing your experiences!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

ahh dont you just want to hug those tiny shoes