Is it just me or does any one else think that children today are rather spoilt with the range of children's footwear available to them on the market ?
Now, don't get me wrong, as a Mum of 2 little girls, I love them to look pretty, feminine and be comfortable, but my, how things have changed in the last 35 years or so!
I can remember, as a little girl, nearly always having a pair of white (usually leather) sandals for going out- in the days when everyone dressed up to go shopping-, a pair of leather school shoes (usually Clarkes), yellow gumboots , slippers, and a pair of sneakers and thongs (flip-flops) for around the house. These days it's not uncommon to find potential Imelda Marcos's with a pair to match nearly ever outfit or occasion.
Being frugal folk, we do try to buy ahead with footwear- especially if there is a shoe outlet closing down or something like that. We've done this a couple of times before,buying what we can afford going up in sizes to store away. We have paid $15 a pair before for good quality leather shoes that retail for around $65 per pair and yes, we do pass shoes down from older sibling to younger- but only if they're comfortable.
My husband has also picked up some lovely shoes for our daughters while on ministry trips to South East Asia. It is very cheap there to buy good quality leather shoes. Mary-Janes and elegant- not chunky- clogs are a favourite with our girls. Children's shoes are quite expensive here in Australia. We usually buy sneakers and the like from Big W.
We much prefer quality over quantity- after all how many pairs can a child wear at once anyway?
Labels: changing times, shoes
posted by Father's Grace Ministries at 9:26 am