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Toddler Shoes

How much do you spend on toddler shoes? I always want to spend the least amount possible when it comes to clothes for Jax – he grows out of them so fast! But, is it a good idea to go cheap when it comes to shoes?

I am just starting to build a fall wardrobe for Jax (obviously nothing from last year when he was 6 – 10 months old fits him now) and got lucky with some good shoes from the thrift store for only $2.50 a pair. When looking at new shoes in the stores, there are certainly cheaper options for $15 – $20, but for little feet still getting used to walking and running, are they a good idea? You want them to be built in a way that will support their feet in the healthiest way possible. But I don’t want to spent $46 dollars!

I was in Nordstroms with Jax (we park there at the mall because they have the best bathroom with a nursing room) and paused to check out the sale rack of shoes. I saw these green sneakers a size up from where he is now and couldn’t put them down. I took Jax out of the carrier and let him run around in them. They stay on but with tons of room and actually fit his thick feet. And: So. Stinking. Cute. And $20 off! I always check online on my phone before buying things, and everyone had them for $45 or $46.

What ultimately made it impossible for me to put them back on the shelf was the fact that Jax’s Halloween costume will be head-to-toe green. And I plan to make the top half a hoodie he can wear as a coat past Halloween. I’m so in love with them! It makes the fact that his hand-me-down orange sneakers are getting too small a little easier to bear.

So, while it felt painful to buy shoes for $26, I do realize they are a great deal, really good for his feet, and perfect for both his costume and wearing every day. But I’m cheap and don’t like to spend that much on *my* shoes. When I do splurge, I end up with good shoes that last a long time. I need to find that balance between quality and value.

What do you think, dear internet? How much are you willing to spend on your little ones’ shoes? Any favorite pairs?

Cloth Baby Shoes

We have a little niece on the way this autumn so I am excited to get to look at girly craft projects to do. One thing I’d like to try is sewing some little cloth baby shoes. You can make them with fabric scraps and there are plenty of free patterns out there (and lots of affordable ones for sale on Esty.)

Shwin & Shwin has super cute pleated mary janes I want to try. HomeSpun-Threads has several. I really like the kimono shoes and the ballerina slippers. Michael Miller Fabrics has a simple but cute cloth shoe pattern. The ribbons on these Etsy ballet slippers won me over!

Now I just need some toddler-free time to get downstairs to my sewing machine…