Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New shoooooooooes....

We like shoes in our house. It's questionable who exactly it is who has more pairs, me or the Frog; however the spud is certainly a contender, mainly because having a third set of feet in the house to buy shoes for is one of the few real perks of owning a child... er, I mean, because we love our little dumpling SOOOO much... er... cough cough cough.

Anyway, so it's not just the spud's hair and belly that are growing it seems; his feet are like row boats on the end of lolly-pop sticks and most of his lovely shoes don't really fit him anymore. He LOVES his shoes and if he's actually complaining about them, well they must be tight as all buggery.

Anyway, so when Umi got in touch to ask if I'd take a free pair of toddler shoes, I ignored the pricking of my conscience and just said 'yes please' - it was too serendipitous to pass up.

The catalogue looked amazing and we dickered for ages over choosing a pair but I didn't hold out high hopes to be honest. We're sort of a Clarks family here (or rather, it's just me, the frog thinks Clarks shoes are the enemy and that I am insane). Anyway, so I had me doubts about the Umi quality but I have to say, they seem robust, good arch supports, great colour and the frog likes them - they're great, in fact.

Actually, I was won over the second I saw the thick rubber toes, because now when he drags them along the ground to stop his scooter - or just because he's trying out his cool new toe-dragging walk - I am no longer to be seen flapping about futilely behind him squeaking inanities about saving his shoe leather.

The spud, however, normally the type of boy who prances around in front of the mirror in new shoes, has been somewhat ambivalent, although I did catch him swinging his foot and gazing thoughtfully at his new toes the other day.

Perhaps I should warn the cat...



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12 comments:

Jen said...

The rubber toes are genius! All boys shoes should have those. My kid wears 9.5 WIDE, which means we can only buy his shoes at one store. What is it with the people in this family and shopping?!

Gringa-n-Mexico said...

Someone sent you free SHOES????!!! Who are these wonderful people? And what are Clark shoes? (I'll google it) Is it a Canada thing? (google) These days I seem to be a Sandal person :) We can wear them all year here and I'm loving it, it's much better than when I would wear sandals back home in the snow. :P

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

I bet he is one proud little boy with those shoes on! Forget budgeting for college . . . every season brings a need for new shoes and new jackets to accomodate the change in weather - there's the real reason I play the lottery.

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

The old scraping your toes across the ground to stop the scooter trick. We know it well. I need me some of these shoes pronto!

DJ Kirkby said...

Fab shoes! How did you know what size Spud was? I liek those a lot and want to look into buying a pair for N3S, do they stock them in shops? Is it obvious I read your post in a rush? Have I missed the answers to all these questions somewhere in your post? xo

The Dotterel said...

I think Charlie needs a pair of those...

Iota said...

Blimey, look at the prices. No wonder you said 'yes please' to a free pair. If you fall on hard times, you could take out a mortgage on them to free up some cash.

Iota said...

The reinforced toes are a great idea.

Sparx said...

Jen - 9.5 wide? I think the spud is wide too - it's not great, hey?

Gringa - sandals all year round *sigh*... but Clarks are British, it's the shop your Mum takes you too to buy sensible shoes that you then hate... but they're comfy!

Fishsticks... I know, it's seriously expensive - that or buy cheap shoes which, I have to say, we have certainly done.

Brit - it's ruined all his shoes! Friends have these overshoes that take the hit on the scooter but they're very weird and the kids hate them.

Hi DJ - I know, pretty cool. They sent me a list of distributors in UK and Ireland, quite a few places do them.

Dotterel - all Charlies need new shoes, it's part of the requirements of the species...

Iota - you made me laugh a lot!!! Maybe I shouldn't be letting him wear them... hmmm...

rosiescribble said...

Why have a never heard of that brand? Guess I have now. Great review.
I'd be happy to test a pair of Prada shoes, in fact any designer shoe would be nice.

SAHM-I-AM said...

'row boats on the end of lollypop sticks' ... brilliant description! My 3 1/2-year-old has the same and I keep hoping he'll eventually grow into his feet (and his gigantic head, for that matte).

cactus petunia said...

Oh, my! Those are real little boy shoes! He'll be running marathons and playing football before you know it!