Friday, May 16, 2008

Shoe Shopping Should be Fun

My sister-in-law is getting married next Saturday. We are ready. Sorta. Tuxes rented. Check. My bridesmaid dress altered. Check. My shoes ordered. Check. My little boy's shoes. Ugh.

My son has wide feet. This doesn't seem like a big deal. But, he cannot wear the shoes that come with the tux. I thought, no problem. I will just buy some shoes that look like the shoes from the tuxedo shop. I started to hit the mall and websites. They make shoes in wide. Yes, for kids who wear tennis shoes they do. I have learned in the last month that wide dress shoes for children are nearly impossible to track down.

I have looked high and low. Nordstrom to Walmart. Target to Dillards. Stride Rite to Famous Footwear. Websites are sold out in my little boys size!

Nearly a month ago, I was so proud of myself. I ordered a pair from Stride Rite. Pricey but at least I found them. Days and days passed. They didn't arrive. I emailed Stride Rite yesterday and they said that there was a problem with my credit card. Thanks for telling me A MONTH LATER. I didn't receive any contact from them. Nothing. So now I am scrambling.

Today I bought a pair of shoes that are not even wide width. The saleslady at Nordstrom did a great job on selling me on their flexibility. They might work. But, I nearly fell over at the price. Almost $80 for a pair of shoes that my boy will wear once. My shoes for the wedding did not cost that amount.

I am going to check on one more store on Sunday. I won't even let my little guy see the shoes. I don't want him to fall in love if I can find something cheaper.


Law Student Hot Mama said...

Heh - I vote for Crocs. It'll be a fashion statement.

Colleen said...

OMG - I went to FIVE stores last week looking for dress shoes for my son. The only place that had them was the veeeerrrrry last one, a place I NEVER shop. (Sear's, in case you want to try there - they are shiny, would be fancy enough to go with a tux. $16)

Do you guys have Shoe Carnival near you? I went to their site and there's one in Boardman, OH. I mention them because they had ONE style of dress shoes for boys (56,000 for girls, of course), they were $15, but they ONLY HAD WIDE WIDTHS. My kid's got the most narrow "ski feet" on the planet!

Good luck! I know how frustrating this can be - I just lived it!

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Indy said...

Thanks for the tip Colleen. I didn't try Sears but is worth a shot.

Marni Tiani Self said...

Thanks for stopping by. Man, I would die if I had to spend $80 on shoes for my son. I'm in a wedding this Summer too and I'm forking out $50 for my shoes tomorrow. I'm dreading it.

THopgood said...

I have the opposite problem with my kids....they have (especially my daughter) very narrow feet. Shoes are usually just flop'n off her feet. That's why I like summer....she can wear sandals.

Good Luck!

Rhea said...

I like Law Student Hot Mama's idea. lol Crocs. Formal crocs...there's an oxymoron for ya! (Big word from an English Major like me. hehe)

Good luck with the shoe saga. I've been through things like this, searching far and wide for a clothing item only to be worn once. It's frustrating. Good luck! Rememeber the days when all you had to take care of was yourself?!!

Genny said...

Good luck with the shoes! And thanks so much for stopping by. I'm having some web issues, but you should be able to pull my blog up via or when you stop back by. Hope to have the issues resolved soon.

ConverseMomma said...

The first pair of shoes I bought my son cost about that. I thought I had to buy him the best, than I realized that Target sneakers are the best when you have a kid who wears out his sneaks about every three weeks. Sorry to hear about your shoe struggles.

Aki said...

I am a shoe lover and I have 7 pairs of designer shoes. Shopping is really very enjoy for me.

Half-Pat Kissin' Time said...

I have the same problem in the other direction; Quad A widths for both kids. (Thanks, Grandma!) All dress shoes have been purchased at a local, Mom and Pop shoe store (and never less than $50 per pair.) You were smart to start early. Stride-right is known to be pretty nice (too bad on the mishap). I wish you luck!

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