Kid Shoes


What is the point of infant shoes? Can someone tell me? Maybe it is the male coming out in me, since I see no real point and my wife thinks they are “cute.”  I will admit that the chipmunk does look more handsome when he is wearing shoes but I don’t think a store is going to refuse us service because our 8 month old isn’t wearing his shoe

I have a constant fight, one that I don’t win, about the chipmunk wearing shoes.   The other day Liz was off to teach summer school and I had to take the chipmunk to the sitters.  She left me a note that said, “Just take the shoes so if they go outside he has something to wear, I love you!” Now I think I have an idea of what was going through her head while she was writing the note.  “He won’t put him in the shoes so maybe if he doesn’t have to put them on but at least just take them with him it will be alright.” I’m almost 25% certain that was what was going through her mind at that time (I don’t pretend to know what she is thinking).

But really can someone tell me the point of an infant wearing shoes?  They can’t walk so its not like the hard floor is hurting their feet.   I mean we are teaching the chipmunk to walk but that is in our own house on the carpet.   But to a kid who can’t walk and just crawls, why?  I just don’t understand the idea of wearing shoes at that age.  The chipmunk is 8 months old and we have to fight him to put shoes on him.  That is a fight that if I don’t have to deal with I just won’t put shoes on him.

This is going to be a losing battle, I know that.  The chipmunk is only going to get older and I am going to have to battle to get shoes on him.   Until then, our kid will be shoeless Joe and it won’t bother me one bit.

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Posted on July 7, 2011, in Fatherhood and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Not only are they not necessary, I’ve heard that it’s best to limit putting shoes on infants, especially when they’re learning to walk. You might want them to add some protection from weather, or just for appearance sake, and to get them used to wearing shoes, but barefoot/socked feet or soft flexible shoes are best when they’re learning to walk because shoes can limit/slow the development of the muscles in feet and legs as they grow and learn to walk.

  2. You will NEVER win this one! First- when they crawl outside, they drag their toes so the shoes are protective. Second- the sooner you realize that your son is your wife’s doll and she can dress him up as she pleases, the better off you will be. On 4th of July, I put my son in a pair of ridiculously small shorts because they were patriotic.

    And in response to above…they have shoes that are developmentally appropriate for their feet with soft soles- Pedipeds, Jack and Lilly, Roobez…the list goes on- as do the fashion choices! Wahahahahahaha!!!! (evil laugh)

  3. Wow. A Wife Reality Check is forthcoming. The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!

  4. When it is cold, I put shoes on Bean to keep his socks out of hi mouth. I’m not sure how they get there, but man, that kid always has socks in his mouth.

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