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So my life lately has revolved around shoes.

Everyone in my house seems to need new shoes at the same time, its almost like the shoes conspired and coordinated their untimely demise.

When winter came I pulled my boots out from the wardrobe and realised that they were slightly talking (the sole was starting to separate from the shoe), I figured I could get away with it for a short time, but lo and behold on the second day wearing them at work the sole decided to just about completely separate from the boot. Therefore I had to buy new boots. Good quality boots are not exactly cheap.

My husbands steel cap work boots are wearing extremely thin, definitely need to replace those, not a cheap exercise.

We started using shoes to keep my one year old son from removing his socks, he is quite happy to go barefoot even on the most cold days, however I do not like it. So we started using shoes, but realised that the ones we bought he quickly outgrew. So rather than buy new ones we got out of the cupboard a pair of sneakers his Pop and Nan gave him for Christmas, sure they are two sized too big, but he doesn’t walk yet and they do their job. However I have noticed of late that as they are Star Wars print he seems to have now developed an obsession over them. Every morning when I am getting him dressed he hands me his shoes and literally hits me with them if he thinks I am taking too long to put them on, then proceeds to try putting them on himself and lastly resorts to trying to hand them to Dad. I try explaining to him that pants and socks must go on first, but explanations and one year olds do not really go hand in hand.

My daughter’s winter boots were also pulled out of the wardrobe, and whilst they are in great condition, her feet decided to grow since last year (I wish they would stop doing that!). So we needed new boots for her. We went shopping and in Target she spots these hiking boots, tan in colour and with Velcro straps, none in her size so my husband desperately drove to a different Target store in search of these boots in her size. He finally finds the boots but sends us a text message advising that the boots say Boys on the label and is she sure she wants them, I asked my daughter and she immediately replied, “I love them and why shouldn’t I wear them just because they say boys”. Fair point, I figured so I texted my husband back that she wants them. Sadly my husband came back to the car without them, he said he asked in store and they said they only went to a size 12, so my daughter a size 13-1 cannot wear them. Now begins a new search for a pair of hiking boots that look the same….


Posted by lepumpkinhead, 17th June 2015


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  • Wait until the kids are about 12 y.o. and demand a certain brand or colour scheme for sneakers/joggers. My cousin bought himself a cheap pair from Kmart – he does a lot of outdoor work but they are hardwearing., then he bought his daughter the expensive ones she demanded. Hers started to split on the top as some do within 3 months. He was wearing his while climbing up ladders to disconnected power lines on transformers, even ran along a trench to retrieve some tools etc., and his shoes still looked relatively new.

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  • Shoes are a non stop necessity. School shoes, sport shoes, work shoes, going out shoes, round the yard shoes, winter shoes, summer shoes. On and on and on

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  • my problem is that my girls are and same size so often need two pairs where they only have one.

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  • thats annoying they don’t do it in a larger size.

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  • Kids and shoes…I feel like I am always buying shoes for my daughter as her feet seems to grow overnight!

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  • Shoes are a necessity in winter, but my irritable feet still prefer thongs when I’m home.

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  • how frustrating for you. Not fair

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  • You might try your little one on $5 sandshoes from Big W. I used these until my kids were actually walking.


    • oh yeah! great idea. I love the sound of that bargain. I could still get my littlies shoed for cheap.

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  • I can totally relate to this!!!! Same with clothes too!

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  • I know the feeling, it’s crazy! I think change of season is a main culprit!
    But it’s funny how it happens all at once, ALL THE TIME! Lol

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  • Yes that def sounds like a similar story in most households, when one thing runs out etc it generally has that snowball effect! Hope the hiking boot hunt works out, I have the exact problem once I fixate on a pair I mean find a pair I like ;) nothing else comes close to them.

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  • yep shoes are expensive things that the kids grow out of quickly!


    • Yep! they do and they do not stop growing for a very long time!

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  • Shoes are so important .. but Why all at the same Time??

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  • The joy of shoes and growing feet!

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  • It always happens you get one sorted out , then the next child either needs or wants a new pair just because the other person in the house got them. Its never ending. Luckily for us the only kids who is obsessed by what on them is 2 and its all about thomas the tank so easy to find.

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