All three of my kids just had growth spurts. I don’t even have to see how much they start eating to know a spurt is coming- I can tell simply by how many times they trip in a day. All of them have a spurt in foot growth FIRST and then eat everything in my house. With the foot growth comes tripping- lots and lots of tripping.
With foot growth comes the need for new shoes. I’m quite frankly frustrated with kids’ shoes right now. I’m finding that brands are charging more for lesser quality and I don’t like it. The girls love the sparkly light up shoes- which my oldest had for exactly 3 weeks before one shoe stopped lighting up and the sparkles were almost completely gone off of both- and the shoe itself was falling apart. 3 weeks, but the retail price was $55. I’m not paying $55 for twinkles that crinkle in 3 weeks, thankyouverymuch. I don’t mind spending a bit more on good shoes. I don’ t even mind buying the light up ones because they make the kids happy. But I DO mind spending more and ending up wasting every penny I spent.
My son had light up shoes from the same company. His stopped lighting up within 2 months. Seriously? When did it become ok to charge so.much.money for shoes that fall apart? It isn’t just the light up feature- but the soles come apart from the shoe. In a month or 2? Not ok
Even brands that have been known for great quality for years and that I’ve spent the extra on because they make great shoes for kids that are good for their feet- even those are lacking in the same quality. I had a friend post photos of her daughter’s shoes worn 12 times and 90% of the glitter from her shoes was gone. The other pair from the same brand, worn about as many times, had the sole separating from the shoe. These shoes also retail about $50.
Buying shoes for our kids doesn’t have to be expensive, especially when you can find sales and coupons– or ideally, pair both of those things together. I try to buy quality shoes for my kids- they only get one pair of feet, after all- but I’m beyond frustrated that major brands charge so much money for poor quality.
Next month, when it’s time to look for some new shoes for back to school for the kids, we’ll be heading to places who sell the brands that are STILL making quality shoes- and I know I’ll be paying more but I’ll be sure to look to find Finish Line 2012 coupons and other ways to save on those shoes BEFORE shopping.
Do you find the same thing? Are your kids’ shoes falling apart long before they should be? If you have any recommendations for kids’ shoes– sneakers and everyday footwear, I’d love to hear them!!