I don’t have any children in toddler sized shoes anymore.
My 11 and a half year old wears a 5.5 (he has small feet for his age), my 8 year old wears a 4.5 (he has big feet for his age), and my 5 year old baby wears a size 1 (he has humongous feet for his age).
We should probably start making them use lotion regularly.
And, keeping them in shoes at the rate they grow and the speed at which they destroy footwear takes a full time job. You know, nearly. If you’re me and you like to exaggerate.
And, they’re starting to get to the age where having cool shoes actually matters.
No more shoving them into cute leather moccasins and no more fighting them off of those light up character shoes I used to seize over when I saw kids in them at the park.
They want Jordans. Okay, not really, the only reason they even know who Jordan is is because we are old school purist and refuse to let our children grow up without knowledge of the greats (this includes seeing every episode of the Cosby Show ever made, knowing the Fresh Prince of Belair song by heart, and being able to actually do the hammer dance in hammer pants).
They want Kevin Durants. And something else I’ve blocked out of my mind that costs like $100.
I told them they could buy whatever kicks they want with the money they earn. So far no one has deemed their shoe budget worth the effort it would require to pick up an extra chore or two a week.
In the meantime, they are fortunate to have cool alternatives they didn’t have to hustle hard for (although a fight broke out because they ALL wanted the green pair)…
Added bonus: they will feel like little bosses when they get to wear their Monster kicks to the movies this week when we go to catch Monsters University (well, not the big one, he’s declined attending. He think he’s “punishing” us because we won’t let him see World War Z. Whatever, dude, read the book, it’s around here somewhere).
*We received these shoes free of charge from Etnies. These kicks, inspired by the film Monsters University, were created in collaboration with Disney/Pixar, the makers of the film. We decided to test them out because, duh, we like have feet and are long time fans of Etnies. All opinions are my own with a little bit of input from The Dudes.