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The Shoes are New as Long as They are New to You

Posted by Kristen on August 24, 2009 at 8:24 AM in Budget living
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Lately I have been worrying a little about Nate's walking situation. He has a fairly pronounced toeing-in and the poor child trips at least 10 times a day. The doctor says it's no big deal and we have to wait and see if it gets better when he gets a little older.

He doesn't seem to mind that he trips all the time but I feel really horrible for him. Even though the doctor says that shoes will not fix his problem, I wanted to find some lightweight sneakers that would give his feet some support. Trouble is, those really nice sneakers cost $60. You read that right. I have the mother's guilt, so I almost did it. The only problem? My children's feet tend to grow in the fall. So do I really want to buy $60 shoes that might only fit for two months?

I did what any mother of our generation does. I just bought Nate two pairs of shoes on Ebay. I know, I know. The people propagating that whole "kids shouldn't wear used shoes" are more than welcome to send me new shoes. There were two pairs and they looked barely worn (see above regarding fast growing feet).

They fit and they are awesome. All except the part where Ethan spends at least 20 minutes every day trying to pry his feet into one of the pairs of "new, really fast shoes."

K: They don't fit you.
Ethan: Momomomomomom. I want new shoes. These shoes fit me.
K: Ethan, they don't fit you. You wore that size two years ago.

I looked down to see his feet practically folded in half to fit in the sneakers. And now I can't seem to find any "new, really fast shoes" on Ebay in his size. Just my luck, right? I have no idea why the shoes are such a hot item. They have laces. Who makes shoes with laces for 2-year-olds? Clearly someone who has never had children or someone with too much time on their hands.

Gotta run. Gotta go find a pair of used/new sneakers for Ethan. I hope this isn't how they will be about girlfriends in 15 years.


Vanessa writes...

I'm with you on the used/new shoes. They outgrow them so fast. I like to keep used (barely worn) shoes around for running through the mud, splashing in puddles, that kind of thing. Only I need instant gratification so I tend to shop consignment sales or the neighborhood consignment store. I love those places.

Anne writes...

I don't think that there is anything wrong with 2nd hand shoes as long as they're in good shape. How many of us have passed down shoes from the older to the younger children? Whether the shoes come from big brother, big sister, from Ebay, or the local consignment shop - I'm all for saving money on great shoes.

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