Shoe Ho' in training

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I solemnly swear, as the mother of a girl child, that I will bring her up to love and respect the power of shoes as much as I do. I pledge to buy her an excess of fashionable shoe options by which to express her individuality. I promise to not flinch at spending 40 dollars for a pair of childrens shoes, cause they are damn cute. (There are several pair missing in this photo...)



When appropriate, I will purchase the matching accessories in order to highlight the fabulousness of the shoes, again, regardless of expense. I will do this happily. I will convince her father to do this as well. So much so, that he will start returning with shoes finds for her, in order to prepare her for the type of man she Should marry some day. ( Can you stand the English Roses Line? So Sweet!)



Yes, in this way, I shall pass on the code to my progeny, thus insuring the work for shoe designers for millennia to come. I do so solemnly swear.

28 Baleful Regards:

roo said...

Does that rain ensemble come in adult sizes? 'Cuz I would wear it.

Your daughter has at least four times the number of shoes I do. I'm very jealous. I want cute shoes too!

Anonymous said...

What I find amazing is that every pair looks like it has been worn! I have tried to purchase cute shoes for Sarah, but she just keeps wearing the same old same old. Her Merrills and sneakers, with the occasional foray into Crocs. I think she inherited my "shoe sense" - poor child.

Woman with kids said...

Oh my. She has a fabulous beginning into the world of shoes... Well done.

madge said...

I feel like a weight has been lifted. It's not a failing, my shoe thing. Nay, it is a right and a resposibility.

Thank you, thank you, Dawn.

Fraulein N said...

Awesome. Doubly awesome is that you have your man hunting for shoes on his own. My mother didn't initiate me into the shoe cult when I was a girl and now I'm slowly catching up on my own.

Andrea said...

I am also late to the shoe party. I wish my mother had shown me the way. Emily is a lucky girl.

And with some cute shoes!

Diana said...

I'm going to have to remember to photograph my shoes for you...I'm a shoe whore now, when I was growing up I had one per season. Ick.
I only hope to someday have a little girl to pass this on to, if not, my son will own many many sneakers in every color and style...that's just not as fun.

TB said...

She needs more sandals. You can never have too many sandals.

Lisa said...

She has more shoes than I do. No fair! :-)

Mommy Dearest said...

I am officially guilt free knowing that there are other Mommies paying adult prices for children's shoes and clothes (I love Baby Biscotti and Sarah Loiuse dresses)for my mini-fashionista! great site by the way-

Dawn said...

Tb's - She DOES have more sandals. They are in the closet.

krista said...

I must ask- Is she on official shoe ho?

Does she have pointy toe shoes yet?

mothergoosemouse said...

Ouch. Shoes are a major point of contention between Tacy and me. Suffice it to say, she will not get another pair of Stride Rites because I am not paying forty-fucking-dollars for shoes that she will ignore in favor of ten-dollar flip-flops from Old Navy.

And on Monday, she came home with another girl's shoes on. I hope she gets hers back soon.

Does Em wear all of these equally, or does she have her faves?

Feral Mom said...

It's good to see where our girls are headed. The first thing they do every morning is stand by my pillow querying "shoes? Socks and shoes?" The second thing they do is command "Mama up!" while standing on my trachea. Does your daughter have any kiddie birkenstocks? Oh, dumb question--I'm certain her keen fashion sense prohibits any damn hippie shoes.

C.ELLA said...

My daughter complains when her shoes aren't perfectly comfortable. I tell her to get used to it, sometimes you must suffer for fashion.

lildb said...
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lildb said...

The thought of you, with your daughter, as an adult, on a shoe-hunt-bonanza:

Thy shopping will have made the earth tremble.

And (the shoe) god will have seen, and will have pronounced it good.

And there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth by the husband, when he sneaks a peek at thy credit card statement.

jen said...

Love the rain boots. Am actually looking for a pair myself.

This entry reminds me of the Lyrics to Nick Lachey's hit (when still with Jessica) "This I Swear".

Mom101 said...

You NEVER have to justify buying shoes to me, dear. Not for you, not for your daughter, not for your dog, not for your neighbor's dog. I'm all about the shoes.

wordgirl said...

I have sons and they...**sigh**...they have a limited shoe fetish. As a kid, I would have KILLED to have as many shoes as your daughter has. Presently, I have a serious addition to the English clogs called Clarks. I need help.

Kristen said...

I love it! I myself have over 40 pair of shoes myself, and my 14 month old already has 4 or 5 of her own. She loves them. When it's time to put them on, she beams "Shoes?" and sticks out her feet for them. My kinda girl!

Beth said...

there is nothing wrong with having many pairs of shoes. nay - hundreds of pairs of shoes. dare i say it? -thousands, even.

you are teaching young grasshopper well.

Ellie, too, has joined the sisterhood of shoes: "From sandal to stilletto, this I do solemnly swear..."

Sugarmama said...

Oh.my.god. I always wondered what crazy person paid $40 for their kids' shoes. It's you! It's you! Mystery solved.

Nancy said...

I am a recent convert to the beauty of large shoe collections for my girls, thanks to my lovely fairy blogmother. The pink and purple Gymboree shoes with flowers on the toes! The amazing red maryjanes! The sandals! The only thing that could possibly be better is if I myself had so many fun pairs of shoes.

Gurukarm Kaur said...

DD says I should line up all her shoes and take the pic to send to you :-) And tell you she learned it all on her own :-D Which is not entirely true - in our family it's papa who's the shoe ho' :-) and he SO encourages them.

Izzy said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the polka-dotted rain gear. Not that it ever rains in this godforsaken, drought-stricken peninsula from hell. But if it did....

catnapping said...

Instead of raising her to be a selfish waste of space, why not teach her to be generous to those not so fortunate.

Imagine how much food could be purchased for the price of a single pair of shoes.

If you wanna teach her about power, teach her the power of generosity. Teach her that consumerism is immoral, especially when there are children in her own hometown who go to bed hungry every night.

Dawn said...

Sadly, catnapping, you chose to take one post - which was done in humor - and extrapolate an opinion of my daughter AND my family's values.

Would it suprise you that I have worked as a child advocate in health and human services serving children in poverty for most of my adult life?

That I use these degrees of mine to fight for women and children? That my husband develops economic opportunities for people in empowerment zones - most notably black and latino people?

That I took four bags of those shoes and other things to our local Planet Aid today?

My daughter knows that she is fortunate. She has very well educated parents who Choose to give her material things they themselves did not enjoy. Your supposition that I am raising her to be a "selfish waste of space" is frankly, arrogant.

In our choice to give to our child, we have not turned away from our personal responsibility and obligations. I suggest you read some of my writings on white priviledge, or my expereince as a juror on a first degree murder trail.

What I have not taught my daughter is that she gets to be holier than thou.

 
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