Monday, September 21, 2009

Freedom for Tiny Feet

I know many of you have passed this stage of life but I am in the throws of baby feet, tiny toes and chubby legs that refuse do to anything but crawl. I cringe to think of shoving those delicate little virgin feet into anything hard, squeaky, pinchy or bunion producing and so I have found myself on a quest for shoes that will make my little guy feel like running (although at this point I would settle for walking).

Before my littlest one entered the world I have shoved a borrowed pair of Robeez into an old shoe bin and forgotten about them completely. I had actually never seen or heard of such a shoe (nor was I particularly interested) when my neighbor thrust them upon me and insisted I try them out. My first impression was that they looked a bit odd so I pushed them aside and there they remained, forgotten and discarded.

Once my youngest boy entered the world 2 generations of shoes had finally seen their death and I pulled the forgotten Robeez out of the bin and fell in love with them. But now no matter how much I yank, squish and hope that I can continue putting them on my little guy until he is breaking out with acne I have had to come to grips with the reality that they are too small for him.
Thus, began my quest. Unlike my neighbor I cannot afford to pay $20 or more on shoes for my precious boy no matter how much I love his little feet. However, I couldn't bring myself to pick up the hard, stiff, unforgiving shoe on the discount racks at my local department store. I searched for something even comparable and ended up tired and staring at my computer instead of the store shelves. I began on Etsy and searched through what seemed like millions of booties until I came upon these....
Just what I had been looking for and reasonably priced. They are handcrafted so probably better quality if not comparable quality to Robeez and they have some incredibly adorable designs. Since my discovery through etsy my sister-in-law informed me that the woman in charge of these wonderful shoes is related to Passionate Homemaking and that there is also a direct website for these shoes.

Please check her out and the wonderful shoes she is crafting for the tiny feet in our homes.

Now if only my 15 month old would actually start walking.....


Olivia said...

Hey Mary,
You've got a great blog; I've been enjoying reading it. Anyway, I'm right there with you on the shoes thing. I love the little soft shoes like Robeez. I have found some other brands that are good, too as well as cheaper than Robeez. One is called Ministar and you can find those at Target or online, the other is Luvable Friends. If you search for it on anazon, you should be able to find the store. Some of the boys' booties are on sale right now for $6. Anyway, thought you might like to check it out.

Just and Kel said...

Those are sooo cute! I'm bookmarking that site for Clara.

Izzy didn't walk until 16 months, and she wasn't reallllly walking till 16.5 months! I hear ya on wanting your little guy to walk!!!