Monday, 7 November 2011

New Shoes

Tiny has something against shoes.

Or more precisely, she has a thing against shoes that have been fitted properly, by a shoe fitting expert. Instead she likes to wear her gum boots sans socks (pooh!), some old Country Road canvas sneaks sans socks (pooh!) or a rip-off Bensimon sneaker by Gumboots sans socks (pooh!). Or sometimes, just for something special, she wears her baby Tip Toey Joeys. She shoves her almost-four-year-old foot into those soft soled suckers and wears them. And wears them. And keeps right on wearing them. If only they made Tip Toey Joey's for almost-four-year-olds, and she'd be set. 

Sometimes she even lashes out and wears her cousins much-loved first shoes, and looks like something out of Narnia, with the heels sticking out the back. It's an odd sight, trust me. I'm an expert.

Alternatively, Tiny likes to tap her inner nomad and go barefoot. Which is all well and good if you've got soles thicker than a set of Pirellis, but she doesn't, and life isn't a cabaret old chum, and the ground is dirty, and there is glass, and burrs, and dirt and stuff. So shoes - yes, shoes are your friend.

So in sheer desperation, I bought some ridiculously super cool shiny purple Saltwater Sandals from my friend, Hayley, at Little Pinwheel.  

You may think happily ever after, right?

Wrong. Tiny had a huge and relentless tantrum, that started when she got in the car, and finally finished half an hour later at pre-school. Tiny finally agreed to put her new Saltwaters on. She still wasn't convinced, despite the initially gush of love - she wasn't sold (I was! I love those wee shoes!).

I whispered to her teacher, J, that Tiny was not happy Jan, and that shoes were the very bane of her existence.

J's eyes lit up. She led Tiny over to her wee friend Lily - and SNAP! - Lily was wearing the same shoes. Same colour. Same shiny. Same same same.

And that, my friends, is a happy shoe story. No Louboutins. No Blahniks. Just a really cool pair of Saltwater Sandals in really rad shiny purple, a tale of two friends - left foot and right foot. It's destiny.

7 comments:

bec said...

I agree, they are the best! I have not had to nag once to 'get your shoes on' since they have entered the house! Mine wanted boring white though....she leaves the bright colours to me haha

bec said...

I agree, they are the best! I have not had to nag once to 'get your shoes on' since they have entered the house! Mine wanted boring white though....she leaves the bright colours to me haha

fast times in m√ľnchen. said...

TIny, you look at sweet as (blueberry?) pie in all that purple. I'm currently stuck with that all too important SW colour dilemma. Purple, silver or red?

Dolores said...

They are sweet retro looking sandals and no velcro means they are probably harder to take off!!

dxx

Sarah said...

what a relif!

MAn children can really throw some wobblies which we have no understanding to. At least yours can communicate (ha ha) better than my 2 year old!

handmade romance said...

shiny, purple, sandal buddies - too adorable!

Rachael said...

They are the best, hands down! Stella loves them. I thnk I will be next in the saltwaters. Louis only likes socks with shoes - the bigger the show the better. He obviously likes hot feet.