The Great Shoe Debacle of 2011


If I could’ve ever imagined the stress that comes with finding clothes and shoes that fit your child, I might have hired that job out to someone else before I got stuck with it.

For example…I learned the hard way that you cannot buy “sets”…at least for Jake. Because even though he may be wearing a 24 month or 2T top…he is still in 12 month bottoms. At least at Carters. Jake pretty much wears a different size shirt/pants from every retail establishment (or so it seems). So buying clothes for him sometimes seems like a marathon.*

*Yes, this post will have a dramatic flair.

Shoes are no exception. All I wanted was to find him a nice pair of cheap tennis shoes. Because, you know, they grow quickly. This process started last weekend and has finally ended this afternoon.


One week.

In the past 7 days, I have purchased approximately 7 pairs of tennis shoes (from either Academy, Target, or Wal-Mart), returned all 7 pairs (two pairs were returned after one wear), and re-purchased the very FIRST pair we started with last weekend**. I actually think it was the exact same pair because one of the tags I took off was still missing.

**I realize I am psycho.

Seth pointed out on the way home from church that I have most likely spent more on gas than I did trying to save us money on shoes. In fact, it might have been a steal to just go find a $50 pair of shoes in the first place and call it a day!***

***I hope not.

So, lesson learned? You cannot possibly squeeze your wide-footed child into a pair of narrow Wal-Mart shoes, just because they are only $9.99. Because then said child will walk around either pigeon-toed, or on the side of his feet, and other people will wonder why your child walks funny.

And I’m not going to be the one to squander his hopes of professional athleticism (ok or musician-ism) in the name of getting a good deal.

That’ll be Drew’s fate when he gets all the hand-me-downs. :)

2 thoughts on “The Great Shoe Debacle of 2011

  1. I can completely relate. I get anxiety attacks when it is time to buy each kid a new wardrobe for a new season. They never match sizes in top and bottom, each brand is a different size so I have to, literally, try every item on every kid, and the “cool” shoes dont come in extra wide for the boys or narrow for Ellen. It. Is. A. Nightmare.

  2. The clothes issue will never go away. Apparently clothes these days are made for severely overweight children. Once he’s into the adjustable waist, it will get better…sort of. You’ll find that you’ll always have to adjust the waists all the way in though. I was never able to purchase sets for either of my kiddos. My best advice…learn to deal with it now, or fatten him up ;)

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