I tried. Really, I did. I wanted to believe that pricy children’s shoes would be healthier for my growing kids’ feet and last throughout a season, or at least until the next growth spurt. As someone who did public relations for BirkenstockUSA, it was practically mandatory that I buy into children’s comfort brands.
So, I splurged on two pairs of shoes from my local children’s shoe boutique– a pair of Merrells and a pair from Morgan & Milo – paying full price. (Up until this day, I had purchased only from the sad little sales corner of the store where boxes were practically hidden behind a curtain).
I left the shop pleased that I had finally properly invested in the pedi-health of my children and nervous that my husband would stroke out when he saw the $80 cost. But here’s what happened next:
5 Minutes after leaving the store, getting in the car and going to the grocery store, the insole of Morgan & Milo shoe had already come off. (I called the store owner and he said he’d order another pair to replace it.)
1 Day of sporting the Merrells and my preschooler believes she can run faster and compete in an Olympic long jump.
3 Days after wearing the Merrells, my four-year-old’s heel were rubbed raw.
1.5 Weeks after wearing the Merrells (with a bandage over the sore), the shoes began to stink to high heaven.
2 Weeks after purchasing the Morgan & Milo shoes, I get the new replacement pair. They have the exact same problem with the insoles lifting out. I give up and try to be happy that my three-year-old can easily get the sparkly pink shoes on and that they go with everything – casual to dressy.
1 Month and one washing of the Merrells and they continue to smell, but don’t rub my daughter’s heal anymore.
2 Months post-shopping spree and I’m over high-end shoes for kids, unless they are on deep discount.
Don’t get me wrong mamas, I do love comfort shoes. I also give high-end children’s shoes kudos for being more durable and offering a greater range of styles, widths and fits. But as for me and my house, I think Target shoes will suffice.
(Confession: I’m still lusting after the Toms shoes pictured above. The odds are that I’ll buy a pair for my girls this fall just because they are so dang cute and will go with everything. Here’s hoping I have a good experience with this brand!)
What has been your experience with pricy children’s shoes?