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Listmania! Back to School Shoes for Boys

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
By Glinda

It seems that boys go through shoes more quickly than girls. I don’t know if it’s because they are in the dirt more, or in the case of my own son, just sort of like destroying them on their own for no good reason.

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 (Youth) (Black) - Footwear

Sperry Kids – Anchor HL
Who said stylish and school can’t go together?

Vans Kids - Classic Slip-On (Toddler/Youth) ((TM Plaid 09) Espresso/Blue Moon) - Footwear
Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On.  These never go out of style, do they?

Converse Kids – Chuck Taylor All Star Slip
Converse Kids – Chuck Taylor All Star Ox
.  With or without laces, it’s their choice.

Merrell Kids - Jungle Moc (Toddler/Youth) (Gunsmoke) - Footwear
Merrell Kids – Jungle Moc These tough shoes will take him anywhere!

PhotobucketNike Kids – T-run II ALT Shoes that look great and feel great too!

PhotobucketSchool Issue – Scholar These quality shoes are at a price that won’t hurt your wallet.

PhotobucketTsukihoshi Kids – Euro These are some cool kicks!

PhotobucketConverse Kids – Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Yes, the hi-tops are still a favorite.

PhotobucketDC Kids – Pure These skate shoes were given high ratings for style.

PhotobucketStride Rite – TT Transporter A sturdy, versatile shoe.

PhotobucketTimberland Kids – Carlsbad Slip-On It will take a lot for him to destroy these!

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Jennifer and Violet, Doing the Three-Step

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
By Glinda


Say it with me me now, “Awwwwww!”

Who does not love Jennifer Garner and her elder daughter, Violet?

They look as if they are leaving a medical office, and Violet has apparently chosen to decorate her mother’s arm with the obligatory stickers they give out at pediatrician offices.

Violet’s sweater is adorable, and I can’t tell if that is a shirt with a bow underneath, but it looks good all the same. And, I love the hot pink shoes, which look to be the Supergas I pointed out here.

As far as Jennifer’s outfit goes, she is all about the comfort, people. Simple tee, simple jeans, and running shoes.

I have to say that I’m not a big fan of running shoes as part of this outfit. There are so many types of cute, comfortable shoes out there to where you don’t have to resort to the New Balances as daily wear.

Me, I’m so lazy that I hardly ever wear shoes that I have to tie, so running shoes are not an option. Because it’s all about just trying to get out the door in time for school, baby.  Give me a pair of slip-on mary janes and I’m good to go.

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Listmania! Back to School Shoes for Girls

Sunday, July 26th, 2009
By Glinda

Oh yes, it’s that time of year. Again.

The thing is, it so much easier to not buy shoes for ourselves, because we can technically make do with what we’ve already got. But for kids? Unless they plan on going barefoot, there isn’t much of a choice. New footwear is a must at some point during the year. Here are some suggestions in time for the start of the new school year.

Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On
Timeless styling that the kids of today just happen to love.

Converse Kids – Chuck Taylor All Star Slip
Converse Kids – Chuck Taylor All Star Ox
Whether they like the version with or without shoelaces, this classic is always in style.

PhotobucketAster Kids – Aster USA This cute and well-made Mary Jane will probably outlast her ability to fit into it. Comes in lots of colors!

PhotobucketRoxy Kids – Princeton Fun and funky, this fashionable sneaker will be sure to make her happy.

PhotobucketBorn Kids – Luna A well-constructed, sturdy shoe that doesn’t sacrifice on looks.

PhotobucketJumping Jacks – Cheerleader III Who doesn’t love a saddle shoe? Goes perfectly with school uniforms!

PhotobucketKenneth Cole Reaction Kids – Jump-Ster Comfortable, and goes with just about any outfit!

Puma Kids – Espera Glitter FS
For the fashionista who isn’t averse to taking a little risk, these shoes have a big payoff.

Superga Kids – Genova Hook and Loop
Available in some very cute prints, these canvas shoes are a favorite of Violet Affleck!

PhotobucketRoxy Kids – Bella I personally love these shoes, they were given unanimous five-star ratings from all reviewers!

PhotobucketEcco Kids – Jade A bit spendy, but worth the price. On sale, too!


Saturday, July 18th, 2009
By raincoaster

Do me a favour: don’t be That Woman. Lululemon is fine (sure, everyone has been wearing it for the last five years, but Chip is awesome and besides, his clothes are actually quite attractive and good quality. But Crocs? Nevah.

Sorry, three weeks in Boondocksville have got me a little punchy. The fashion columnist here was complaining that when she goes to the Big City (I think she means Kamloops) people mistake her for a member of the Pussycat Dolls. Not. A. Good. Look.

Pussycat, Pussycat, would you put on some damn clothes?

Pussycat, Pussycat, would you put on some damn clothes?

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Cute Summer Sandals On the Cheap

Monday, July 13th, 2009
By Glinda

Sorry, but this one is for girls only.

You know, I have long been of the opinion that it’s easy to find good quality, expensive items.  Usually if you have one, you have the other.  But it takes lots of dedication to find good quality, relatively inexpensive items.  And my friends, I am one dedicated person.

I discovered these very adorable sandals on Zappos, and even better, they are under thirty dollars!  They have been given rave reviews, and I’m here to share the wealth.


Ragg Kids – Peaches


Ragg Kids – Rainbow

Friday Caption Contest Results: Seventies Memorial Edition

Monday, June 29th, 2009
By raincoaster

What’s happenin’, dudes and dudettes? We’ve got a dy-no-mite winner of our groovy Friday Caption Contest, and that’s no jive.

The Seventies were so awesome

Frontier Former Editor Says:
June 28th, 2009 at 8:50 am

The founding meeting of Celebrity Families With Children Having Gender Identity Issues . . .

Congratulations and imaginary swag to Frontier Former Editor. And now, for the presentation of some suitably swinging swag. Give a feverish welcome to the groovaliciousPUMA Cell Meio in oh-so-fashionable orange.

PUMA - Cell Meio (Flame Orange/Puma Silver) - Footwear

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Five Fingers of Fug

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
By raincoaster

Vibram Five Fingers of Fug

Behold the “Vibram Five Fingers,” a shoe that is to ninja feet what the abominable Croc is to honest, old-fashioned Dutch boy footwear, what the Hummer is to men who have impressive or even just adequate reproductive tackle: in other words, what we have here is yet another example of a voracious consumer class taking a good thing (like bare feet) and spoiling it for the rest of us. Which is, face it, what the middle class seems to spend most of its time doing.

Digression: have you noticed that, no matter who they are, people in the Europe and North America invariably both claim to be middle class (“Oh, we’re just plain Windsors now”) and hate the middle class? It’s true. Self-hatred or branding exercise? But I digress…

We were discussing the world’s ugliest footwear; at this point, the fug is Adult-Only, and we can only pray these things go the way of the (also fugly, but the poor things couldn’t help it) dodo before they come out with a children’s line.

They have a “Classic Edition” as if giving this thing a respectable name could somehow make up for the eye-searing loathesomeness. And they have an even more hideous version which I shall not show you, for those who think their feet just don’t look enough like those of an alien who is wading in a Norwegian Fjord while getting a pedicure from a drunk Cher impersonator.

Not that I’m opinionated about these things.

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It’s the Great Sneaker, Charlie Brown!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
By Glinda

Peanuts New Balance

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.

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