We’re in the midst of cleaning out and sorting through the kids coat closet, deciding what coats and shoes still fit, which ones are worn out, and which ones should be “handed down”. And it made me think…. should shoes even be handed down?
It Depends on The Shoe
I think it depends on the condition that the shoe is in…. sometimes my kids will get a new pair of cleats near the end of a soccer season, but by the time the next season rolls around, their feet have grown and the fairly new cleats are too tight. In that case, I keep them in a bin as a possible pass-down candidate for the next soccer player in our family.
At our house, our girls definitely own more pairs of shoes than our boys. Sneakers, sandals, mary janes, and fashion boots are all in the shoe bin in their current size right now…. and all 4 types of shoes are replaced as they grow. My husband kind of shakes his head at this…. because the boys, for the most part, wear one pair of shoes at a time- a sneaker. I’ve even given up on buying the boys dress shoes because they outgrow them so fast, and we rarely have an occasion to actually wear them! But the girls…. they need shoes to wear with dresses, shoes for shorts and jeans, shoes for summer and shoes for winter. So since they are cycling through all of these shoes- sometimes a pair is outgrown while it is still in pretty good shape- so those I pass down. But the boys sneakers? Never passed down! They wear those out!
Oh yeah… and Crocs
And aside from the school shoes I already talked about, each of my kids has a pair of crocs. Perfect for the beach, car trips, around the house, etc. And those suckers pretty much never wear out… and they are fairly easy to scrub up and make all shiny and new again. So I do pass down crocs.
Zappos- a Mom’s Best Friend…
In spite of all of that handing down of shoes… we still have a pretty sizeable need to replenish our shoe supply as we head back to school. But the idea of taking my kids all into a shoe store to try shoes on is the stuff of nightmares. Which is why I adore Zappos! I have an at-home shoe sizer… so everyone gets re-measured, and then we shop together online. I love that I can choose a category and then sort or filter by price, so that my kids can’t drool over the $75 pair of sneakers that I am never going to buy! And I can also sort by “what’s popular”, to get a sense of what other Moms are buying for their kids right now (and helps to me make some reasonable fashion decision for my kiddos too).
And if you shop at Zappos as regularly as I do, you can become a Zappos VIP, where you get free one-day shipping . The only tricky part is when you forget to log into the VIP section of the website before checking out, and then your child stands sadly at the window looking for the UPS driver who doesn’t come because you forgot to take advantage of this feature. (or maybe this only happens to me….)
Can shoes be fun?
They can be when they come with wheels! My son Spencer has been dying to try Heelys for a long time. But his overly-practical Mom wasn’t going to allow him to have the one pair of sneakers that he wears every day come with built-in wheels. I envisioned my wood floors getting all torn up, and the dog being turned into a husky with a dog sled pulling Spencer around the house on his shoes.
And then the kind folks at Heelys sent over a pair for Spencer to try…. and to teach his Mom a few things. First of all- did you know that the wheel is easily removable? (As in- Spencer can do it himself?) I sure didn’t! And the shoes themselves are pretty cool and stylish too. Spencer has a blast skating around the driveway in them (with the wheels in), and even took them on vacation with us so he could skate along on the hiking trails!
Heelys did send my son a pair of shoes to try, but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Zappos did not sponsor this content in any way- I am just an avid fan!
So now I want to hear from you! Do you pass down shoes at your house… or only buy new?