Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes…

by Janice

I know.

These shoes MUST go in the garbage! (Or trash as some of you Americans say.)

But have you ever had shoes or clothes that your children just won’t part with, no matter how thrashed they become?

Olivia loves these shoes. I knew she would. When I saw them at the store, I just had to get them for her even though they were a size too big.

She wouldn’t wait until she grew into them. She wore them right away. And wore them out right away.

In fact, they are just now the perfect size for her. Which makes it even sadder that while she sleeps tonight her shoes are going to magically disappear…

By the way, there is a good reason why sequins do not belong on little girls’ shoes. They come off. Instantly.

After the first day of playing in her shoes, the front sequins had come off. And it was all downhill after that. I brought them with us to camp since they were so destroyed already. But now, Olivia still won’t part with them. Ironically, she still calls them her “new shoes.”

Olivia grows so fast and is so hard on her shoes, she goes through pairs so fast! I am sure I have bought far more shoes for her as I did for Jackson. (But that could also be because she is a girl and I am always tempted to buy pretty shoes with things like sequins on them!)

So, I am wondering, what about your kids? Do they insist on wearing items that are beyond worn out?!?

P.S. In case you are concerned, Olivia DOES have other shoes from which to choose. She just really loves these particular “new” shoes.

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1 Lisa August 21, 2010 at 8:18 am

That is just to sweet. Maveric when he was little had a favorite shirt (it had a huge eyeball on the front that blinked) that had been passed down from his older brother. It would take threats and physcialy stripping the shirt off his little body (to wash it). funny thing is he wore it for 2 years, his brother wore it for a year. It was the best use of $20.00 ever. I finally had to toss it as there was nothing left to mend togther but stitches from a previous mendings.


2 Janice August 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

Awww – so cute! And the sad part is that there are tons of perfectly good UNUSED clothes in their closet! LOL


3 Crystal & Co August 21, 2010 at 10:57 am

Awe! Sweet baby.

Yes, there are certainly things my kids do not want to part from.

Right now my twin boys both have a pair of slip on shoes that you do not wear socks with. They are only a month old, but both pairs smell so bad we all come unglued when they take their shoes off at night as we search for that awful smell that leads us to two pairs of stinky stinky boy feet. (It is so bad!)

I want to chunk both pair in the trash, but they are only a month old…. I’ve washed them, but they smell again after wearing them once.

Oh well. At least they shower every night.

Beautiful picture by tthe way.


4 Aleksandra August 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Hmm…I’m American and I say garbage :)


5 BL August 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Me too. I’ve said trash before, but usually I say garbage. In fact, most of the people I know say it the way I do.


6 Janice August 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Good to know – I will edit the post! :)


7 MamaOnDaGo August 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm

My daughter and son love their security blanket, Tay-Tay. They love it so much that I have 15+ of them. I packed 8 of them when we went on vacation. Luckily
I did bc there was some casualties along the way. The type they like is also inexpensive. They carry it with them, sleep with, & throw big tantrums if they aren’t around during nap and bedtimes.


8 Florence August 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Yep, my son’s the same way. I was just telling him last night that we need to get rid of his shoes as they are too small for him and falling apart already. Funny thing is, that’s the second pair of the that he’s gone through already. I had to get him the second pair after he wore out the other one but fussed over wearing something else.

Oh, and let’s not forget the Thomas the Train shirt that made the noise that he refused to part with. Let’s just say that went somewhere, never to be seen again, ;)


9 Alison August 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm

My daughter had a pair of sequinned shoes that she couldn’t let go off too :D We HAD to buy them two sizes two big, because she saw them in the shop and just wouldn’t let go. I’m usually pretty strict, if I think no, then it’s no. But she had her little heart set on those shoes and I couldn’t break it by putting them back. She wore them home that day and then wore them every day after until she had outgrown them by a whole size and we just couldn’t get her feet crammed in anymore. I had to sneak them out of the shoe cupboard one night and put them away until she’s ready to put them on the shelf we have that we keep their outgrown shoes on. Sort of like a memory lane of growth :)


10 Rachel August 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Yes, this sounds just like my daughter! Either she is much harder on her shoes than her big brother was, or the girls’ shoes just aren’t made as sturdy. The toes of her shoes get beat-up so quickly (especially if it’s nice weather season – she tends to drag her feet/toes to stop herself when she is riding on her big wheels or trike). It’s hard, because the shoes look yucky even when they are new! And yes, both of my kids have fallen in love with certain items of clothing and want to wear them constantly, no matter how many other options they have. :)


11 Mommyhood Mayhem August 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I think its fun that they have such distinct likes and dislikes at such an early age! My baby girl has been *attached* to a particular “baahtee” (blanky) since she was about 3 months old. We’ve even tried to “upgrade” to a clean, less ragged one. She knows that difference. Gotta love a girl who knows what she wants!


12 Tarasview August 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm

of course they do… Aiden especially gets exceedingly attached to his stuff but Owen still wears this crazy falling-apart halloween costume from a couple years ago and Olivia is currently wearing her princess dress for the third day in a row. She was afraid I’d put it in the laundry last night so she slept in it.

And I totally let her.



13 Janice August 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Perfect! :) Good to know. BTW – I didn’t have the heart to get rid of them last night. BUT she was getting dressed up to go out to a movie w Sue today and I brought a brand new sparkly pair of dress shoes and she was all, “I LOVE them!” So I think we are all good.


14 Amber Strocel August 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I have a daughter and a son, and I notice the same phenomena. My daughter goes through shoes like candy, while my son doesn’t. Somehow, Hannah is just WAY harder on her shoes than Jacob.

And I agree with you on the sequins, but I also know that it’s impossible to resist them – at least all the time.


15 Susie's Homemade August 21, 2010 at 11:40 pm

My youngest has a pair of sandels that she won’t part with even though her toes are hanging off the end of them.


16 Jaclyn Rubly August 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Yeah, both of my sons are this way. My eldest son insisted in wearing his favorite cowboy boots even when they were too small and worn out.


17 Jennie August 22, 2010 at 2:22 am

My 1 year old’s pink “dancing shoes” that are covered in glitter. She was bringing them to me before she could even walk. Handing them to me with her foot in the air. It was a sad day that those didn’t fit her anymore. Some things just have to go in the hope chest.


18 Funkidivagirl August 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm

My 8 year old daughter has a pair of army-green shorts from Gap that she refuses to part with. I don’t know why she loves these shorts, they are very plain, not special at all. They used to be capri pants and now they are shorts and sooooo tight. I put them in the “home clothes” pile a few years ago (clothes that she can only wear lounging around home), but she can barely squeeze into them at this point. Yet, she won’t let me get ride of them!


19 Mimi August 23, 2010 at 1:03 am

My now 7 yo son had a pair of red rain boots that he loved! He outgrew them too fast, but he was always wanting to wear them. They now sit on a shelf in his room. I loved him in those boots, too! That was 5 yrs ago.


20 zhj August 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Thanks for the chance! Crossing my fingers!


21 Bailey's Leaf August 24, 2010 at 9:35 pm

My daughter has a shirt that says “Go Kristin!” on it. It was from when my sister-in-law ran the Boston Marathon when K- was 2 1/4. She is now 6 1/2. I had to sneak that sucker out, because everytime I looked at her, she had that shirt on.

She was beginning to look like Dora the Explorer.

She was beginning to need help getting out of the too-tight shirt.

Believe me, we’ve all been there. Ooo! And I agree. Sequins or glitter should never be put on a girls shoe. It never stays on and after the first wearing, they look like you’ve gone mountain climbing in them.


22 shelly August 25, 2010 at 7:51 am

Yes! I have an 11 year old boy who doesn’t tell me when his shoes are getting too small. We went shopping for new school sneakers and his foot measured at a size 4. The shoes he was wearing were like a 3 and he insisted that we didn’t need to throw them out. Not sure why he gets so attached to a pair of shoes that is too small, but kids are funny that way.


23 jeffrey April 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

when she is asleep go into here room and tack the shoes and trash them


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