Ravi is obsessed with shoes. Especially new ones. He wants to wear his shoes at all times. If he could, he would even wears them to bed.
Ravi walked late at 14 months of age. As a result, I had only ever bought one pairs of shoes for him, as of last week. At the very beginning, I was clueless about kids’ shoes. For his first pair of shoes, one of our friends was kind enough to let us borrow her son’s old shoes which was barely worn. It was a pair of Stride Rite, very well built and comfortable.
When I found out it actually cost ~$45 (not including tax), I was glad I didn’t have to buy it myself. Also during early days of walking, Ravi only used them sparsely as he was more used to walking on his bare feet. By last September, Ravi has finally outgrown his first pair of shoes. So we decided to bite the bullet and take Ravi to a Stride Rite store to get a new pair. I thought, sure it will cost us lots of money, but we need to make sure his feet will be comfortable! At this point I was beginning to understand what to look for in a good pair of kids’ shoes. I liked shoes with good treads on the bottom and sturdy Velcro straps for easy closure. We had Ravi tried on several pairs and eventually loved this one.
Ravi’s Second Pair of Shoes (size 6)
As it turned out, it was only $34! It is not cheap, but much lower than I thought I had to spend. Though with tax it became a $37+ bill.
Fast forward to this year. I have started to notice that Ravi’s second pair of shoes is getting harder to put on. When I felt his toes against the front of shoe, there doesn’t seem to be any room left. I guess it is time to get another pair of shoes for Ravi. At this time, I felt confident enough to shop online for a better deal. I searched high and low hoping to get a good discount, but when you add price and shipping together, most sites don’t seem to have good deals anymore. I finally came back to Amazon and found a pair of shoes I really liked with raving reviews, and priced at $30. Even though it doesn’t come with a hefty discount, but considering I got two days free shipping and paid no taxes on it, it turned out to be a really good deal.
Ravi’s Third Pair of Shoes (size 6.5)
It finally arrived last night and I couldn’t wait to open it up to take a look. Heck, my future online shoe shopping depends on how well this purchase turns out. The shoes look fantastic, better than the picture on Amazon. When Ravi saw it, he instantly became obsessed with them and demanded us to put them on immediately. Then he pointed to the door suggested that we try them out outside! Of course we couldn’t refuse his request. When we got back and tried to take them off, he cried and cried, so we left them on till his bedtime.
Overall, I got to say it was a great purchase. In fact, I love this pair the best out of all three pairs! It is everything I thought it would be at a price little lower than I initially budgeted for. I would definitely shop for kids’ shoes online again. I might even buy couple more pairs of the same shoes at larger sizes, just like another mom has done in the reviews.