My two year old is obsessed with shoes. She LOVES shoes. Her life revolves around shoes. I bought her a six pack of princess shoes a month ago - half of them are broken from overuse.
My daughter is a shoe-a-holic.
The last time she accompanied me to the shoe store, she was able to contain her enthusiasm only for a few minutes before finally ripping off her shoes, screaming "SWHOES!" and grabbing the nearest pair of heels to slip her feet into. Her little body wriggled with ecstasy as shoe after shoe was grabbed, worn, walked in and discarded. I spent the time running after Sadie and cleaning up her shoe mess forgetting I was the one who needed a new pair of shoes.
A month ago I bought Sadie a pair of Keens. They are water resistant, durable and great shoes for playing outside. Sadie refuses to wear them now claiming they are "owie" every time they come near her. She prefers to wear her princess shoes - the same ones that gave her blisters recently.
Yes the plastic crappy princess shoes that gave her blisters don't hurt, but the Keens are owie. I finally gave up on the Keens after Sadie left them outside overnight giving the dogs the perfect chew toy.
Do you see the cute pink sparkly shoes in the picture? Don't they look great from the outside? Yes, I admit, they are somewhat dirty in the inside of the shoe but does it really matter? Does it? Well, to Sadie they warranted a full blown melt down a few weeks ago. Melt. Down. The shoes were owie and yucky and ewwee and no matter how many times I tried to clean the inside with baby wipes Sadie refused to wear them. She also refused to wear any other shoes in the house.
Recently I purchased Sadie two new pairs of shoes. A pair of purple Crocs and a pair of gym shoes that are pink and covered in glitter and light up when you walk. I want gym shoes that do that. Well, maybe not, people might point and laugh every time the lights flashed. And yet, maybe they would all be pointing out of jealousy at the coolness of my shoes. The world will never know. Lazy and brilliant (brilliant in avoiding a shoe store with Sadie) I decided to order the shoes through Zappos. Sadie sat at the computer and picked out the shoes with me. Every day for a week any time someone would pull into our driveway Sadie yelled "SWHOES! MOMMY! SWHOES!"
When her shoes finally arrived the excitement overwhelmed us both. It was a miserable few weeks without shoes Sadie approved of in the house. The purple Crocs became an instant hit. A day later Sadie decided to try on her new gym shoes and ran outside into the dirt. Five minutes later her white and pink sparkly shoes were coated in dirt. I didn't care about the dirt until Sadie declared the shoes were "OWIE!!!" Now I knew I was in trouble. Zappos only takes returns on shoes that look like they've never been worn. I've spent too much time now trying to get the dirt out of every little groove on the bottom of the shoe. Toothpicks. Baby wipes. My nails digging into the small little spaces.
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY GROOVES?
WHY DID SADIE HAVE TO PLAY IN THE DIRT IMMEDIATELY AFTER TRYING THEM ON??
WHY WON'T ZAPPOS TAKE BACK A SLIGHTLY DIRTY SHOE???
There are so many good questions regarding this issue.
I have a theory Zappos inserted a dry slowing glue to all the small crevices in the shoe to collect dirt and prevent returns.
Thankfully Sadie is more than happy with her Crocs. I haven't heard a single complain about her shoes in days. This is good because I was getting close to banning all shoes for Sadie until she was ten.
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