Children grow so quickly, but when you see them every day, it’s hard to see it until they grow out of their clothes. Or are stood next to someone else’s child and you realise they’ve shot past them in height.
But I’ve noticed that footwear can make a real difference in how they look. Put them in a certain type of shoe, and all of a sudden they look 2 years older, and you’re wondering where the years have gone.
I’ve really noticed it recently having a little school boy, and now having to cater for more shoe occasions.
Forget the 7 stages of man, here’s my 7 stages of children’s shoes (for boys) from barefeet to boots.
1, Bare feet of a baby
The natural state, and really cute to look at and watch wiggling away. A baby’s foot always looks so small, until you put them next to another smaller baby, and your child looks like a giant. Mostly bare, because socks will be fall off or be pulled off numerous times.
Just say no to pram shoes! Bad for the feet, and just look silly. Why would you cover up those cute little toes?
2, The toddler’s first shoes
Usually bought in Clarks, if only because it’s the only place a first time mum knows about for buying children’s shoes, and to ensure you get the first shoe photo.
The first time you realise you have a little child and not a baby, wearing their shoes, cruising shoes or first shoes. And the surprise that they have feet that are a size on the board.
3, Summer shoes or sandals for pre-schoolers
For us it was Doodles first of all, with little buckles, and wearing shoes without socks. The worry in case of blisters. The little legs poking out of shoes with the pumps on the ends.
Open or closed toe sandals? The worry that they’ll trip up. But looking really cute, even if they insist on wearing socks with sandals.
4, Wellies for jumping in puddles
Bright plain colours, or funky patterns. Wellies are an essential for children, meaning there’s no excuse for not spending time outside in all weathers.
My experience is that children would live in wellies permanently if given the chance!
The big second stage is moving from kiddy ‘shorter’ wellies, to proper boots that come right up high nearly to the knee. Very important if you’re on a farm like us.
The first time I looked at N and realised that he was no longer a young pre-schooler, but was looking more like a little boy was his first pair of trainers rather than doodles or pumps. Proper trainers, with the turned up front (and lights – damn that nearly new sale quick purchase!).
They totally changed how I saw my son.
6, School shoes
After a baby’s first shoes, school shoes are next massive milestone. Generally boring black.
It’s that point when you realise they’ve definitely left those free toddler years behind, and are going off on their own adventure without you to be there to lead the way.
Not wellies, but casual boots.
We were getting ready to go to the pub for a meal, and realised that at 4 years old, N had no suitable casual shoes. His trainers were filthy, wellies were a no, so the poor boy had to go wearing his school shoes.
So next step was to find some casual shoes or boots which could be worn outside of school, and for doing anything other than mucking about on the farm or going to the park. Boots were the answer, and he has his first pair of non-welly boots.
They make him look so grown up, tall, and someone with his own mindset about what he wants to wear (he poo-poo’d one pair I’d shown him, and chose the pair he wanted himself).
He’s growing up, and seemingly faster in the shoe stakes.
Do you find the same with shoes? Do your children have minimal shoe options, or are they a mini shoeaholic?
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