In fact, a quick trip to Macy’s kid shoes department website shows that I’m behind the times. Simple rainboots have been replaced by thematic rain ensembles, which to my mind, means more fun in the outdoors.
For example, I especially love this Fairy Collection set, with rain boots, umbrella, and slicker from Kidorable . In green, it is too cute for words, and is exactly the sort of thing that most little girls will love to death. Look at it! Even the clothes hanger is super cute!
For the boys, also from Kidorable, here’s everything needed for a dragon-slaying knight, rain boots, rain coat, backpack/shield and umbrella (check out the handle on that
And if that doesn’t do the trick, there’s also a fireman, and a butterfly, and a ballerina. Puddle jumping just got a whole lot more fun.]]>
I have to wander the aisles at Target with my little pre-printed list, wondering why they don’t carry white board erasers, and then wondering some more why I need to buy four of them.
We also had to purchase shoes, and made the trek to a couple of stores, only to find a horrible selection. And then amongst that horrible selection, hardly any of the shoes were my son’s size, which happens often. He must have been born in some sort of baby boomlet year, because it seems every time I try to buy him clothes or shoes, they are out of his size.
So, I decided to go to Zappos and see what they had there. They had a much better selection than the stores, and being the magnanimous mother that I am, I allowed my son to choose his own shoes.
Imagine my surprise when he told me he had found his pair and I looked at them on the monitor.
Here they are:
Your eyes are not deceiving you. Those are indeed gold sneakers.
Briefly, I pondered what his choice meant, and how it reflected up0n me, but then decided it reflected more upon him and his desire to be cool and “different.”
Once school starts, we’ll see if being “different” gains him accolades or finds him eating alone at the lunch tables.]]>
*I was given no compensation for this review. I shelled out my own dough for these shoes.]]>
And the best way the Manolo can lend the hand is by suggesting summery shoes for your little peoples, and the Manolo can think of few better summery little people shoes than the Salt Water Sandals from Hoy.
Here is the Original Salt Water Sandal in the superty cuteity fuscia color for your girl.
And for your boy…
The muy macho Surfer Salt Water Sandal in the very masculine navy color.
The best thing about these sandals, aside from their very cuteness, is that they are completely waterproof, meaning that your hand-in-hand stroll on the beach will not ruin them.]]>
Let’s take a peek at his latest sartorial offerings:
I love the color coordination on this outfit.
Mad Hatter meets mod.
All aboard the fashion train!
Would you care for a virgin cocktail?]]>
When you see him with his kids. And aren’t they handsome?]]>
One day at the end of the school year he came home from school and had no shoelaces on one shoe. This despite the fact that he had left the house with two perfectly good shoes. Unfortunately, they were the kind of shoes that have self-enclosed shoelaces, so without them, the shoe was useless. No amount of wheedling, threatening, or bribing would induce him to tell me what happened to those laces. It remains a mystery to this very day.
So, like me, in case you need some replacement shoes for the fall, here are some suggestions.
Sperry Kids – Anchor HL Who said stylish and school can’t go together?
Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On. These never go out of style, do they?
Converse Kids – Chuck Taylor All Star Slip or
Converse Kids – Chuck Taylor All Star Ox. With or without laces, it’s their choice.
Merrell Kids – Jungle Moc These tough shoes will take him anywhere!
Nike Kids – T-run II ALT Shoes that look great and feel great too!
School Issue – Scholar These quality shoes are at a price that won’t hurt your wallet.
Tsukihoshi Kids – Euro These are some cool kicks!
Converse Kids – Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Yes, the hi-tops are still a favorite.
DC Kids – Pure These skate shoes were given high ratings for style.
Stride Rite – TT Transporter A sturdy, versatile shoe.
Timberland Kids – Carlsbad Slip-On It will take a lot for him to destroy these!]]>
Theo is, it must be noted, their son.
From the Daily Mail:
He already has 40 pairs of trousers, 40 pairs of shorts, three leather jackets and 40 T-shirts – all from designer brands.
Miss Vickers admitted: ‘Theo is spoilt. Just one pair of my favourite shoes for him, baby Doc Martins, can cost £120, but I can afford it so why not?
‘Buying things for Theo gives me pleasure.’
She added: ‘It doesn’t mean he won’t know I have to work to give him a good life.’
It is not clear how Miss Vickers, who is a part-time administrative assistant from Tyne and Wear, and her carpet fitter partner Chris, 25, can afford such a lavish approach to parenthood.
Psychologist Dr Funke Baffour said she was stunned at Miss Vickers’ behaviour.
She added: ‘The baby has become a trophy. It’s about how Sophie’s feeling, not the baby who doesn’t know or care if his shoes are designer.
‘Spoiling a child means they don’t learn what life’s really about. She’s setting him up for failure, even at this early stage.’
Miss Vickers is planning to throw Theo a huge first birthday party with fifty guests and plans to spend hundreds on presents for him including a quad bike and trampoline.
She said: ‘I’m always going to want to give Theo everything. Chris would like another child, but I’m not sure. If I had more kids I wouldn’t be able to lavish so much on Theo.’
Because life would simply not be complete without a sneaker that features Linus in the pumpkin patch, right?
New Balance is teaming with the Peanuts gang for a series of shoes to be released this October, natch.
I have to say I’m dubious about the success of this line. The current generation of children does not view the Peanuts as any sort of cultural touchstone like those of us who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. Who amongst us doesn’t remember the special privilege of getting to stay up late to watch all of the Peanuts “television events,” with that cool multi-colored, spiralling “SPECIAL” that would twirl it’s way around your screen? And the very important-sounding music that accompanied it?
Sadly, I don’t think kids such as my son will even be slightly interested in wearing these shoes, and they will only be made in children’s sizes.
I think New Balance is missing their main market, hipsters and nostalgic Gen X’ers.]]>
Yes, you read that right.
It seems that Stride Rite, not being content to let Nike and New Balance get the lion’s share of air-cushioning/levitating fame, is now featuring kid’s shoes with Super Balls in the heels. Well, of course not really the actual balls, but the synthetic material dubbed Zectron by the inventor that was used in their making.
Original Super Balls from 1965-66 were able to be dropped from a building and would bounce almost all the way back up. If thrown down, it would exceed the height of the building on the way back up. I find that both awesome and scary. Sadly, there are hardly any Super Balls left in the world, although there are many imitators.
But now, your kids can have that very same material on their feet! Imagine the damage they could do on the basketball court!
Do you think it’s just a bunch of hype, or might there be something to this Zectron stuff after all?
Stride Rite – SuperBall Zoom
Stride Rite – Superball Quick Close (Toddler/Youth)