I’m just going to come out and say it. Twice this year, I’ve bought the same pair of shoes as my daughter.
On both occasions, we were in a kids’ store so technically, she got there first.
The first time it happened, we were in Shoes & Socks, looking for winter shoes. I’d recently become aware that the only shoes my daughter had that still fit her were a pair of thongs and her school shoes. Not sure how that happened. Onwards.
At Shoes & Socks, we found these cute high top trainers which I bought for my daughter (age 8) in blue and my son (5) in green.
While they were being fitted, I casually asked the sales assistant what size these trainers went up to. And then I tried them on.
“We’ll all have the same shoes!” I enthused to the kids who were frankly, more interested in collecting their pre-promised bribe from the Doughnut King next door.
So here we are:
I didn’t think too much of it, except for the part where I was really smug about buying some new shoes that were far cheaper than your usual adult pair.
But then last week, in Witchery, I was exchanging something and sent my daughter into the kids’ section to see if there were any boots or slip-ons she might like. She came back to me with the cutest pair of spotty flat boots. My daughter is very particular about shoes – it’s virtually impossible to find any that she finds comfortable enough – but these fit like a dream.
You can guess what happened next.
Not only did I discover they went up to my size (36) but when other women in the shop noticed me wearing them, they began to comment and I morphed into a salesperson. “Oh they go up to size 37 and they’re SO COMFORTABLE AND YOU SHOULD TOTALLY TRY THEM ON GO ON TRY THEM!”
Spotty ankle boots for everyone!
Aware that me buying the same shoes as my daughter had now moved from novelty to pattern, I broached the subject out of courtesy, expecting her to dismiss my concerns. “Um, darling, do you mind if I have the same shoes as you?”
She paused and looked slightly uncomfortable. “Well, just don’t wear them at the same time as me….”
Hmmmmm. How did this happen? Anyone who says parents must never treat their children as fashion accessories is totally right. But we totally do and anyone who insists we don’t is quite literally kidding themselves. The very act of choosing clothes for your child requires a million conscious and subconscious decisions.