September 7 11

I bought school supplies for three kids. I got pencils and binders and backpacks and lunch bags and labels and red pens and erasers and markers and crayons and scissors.I bought socks and long-sleeved shirts and sweaters and skirts and dresses and jeans. I filled the cabinets with snacks and good nut-free and meat-free lunch food ideas (YES. their is school is both).

In all that remembering and planning and buying and organizing, I forgot one very important thing. Well, I guess I forgot six very important things. And they are all attached to the ankles of a fifth grader, a fourth grader, and a first grader.

(You can see the rest of their back-to-school photoshoot here.)

I can’t remember everything, my god. I’m not a superhero, you know. 

So, off to Browns we went. My three and I.

The place was packed with mothers who had clearly not remembered that children’s feet tend to do that little thing called GROW over the summer and when you wake up on the first day of school and it’s freezing cold and JACKET weather, those flip flops and crocs are no longer going to cut it. FINALLY, we got measured.

“Excuse me, Ma’am, I would like to buy a pair of GEOX. But GEOX only because I see that you have a sign here that says if you buy a pair of GEOX then you get a free watch. Also, I am in fourth grade and I still don’t know how to tie laces.”


“And I would like to have the most sparkliest pair of shoes in the entire store. Just whatever is the pinkest and the sparkliest please and thank you.”


After hours of pleading and trying to convince them to get something less blinding and something less ugly, with no more energy left inside of me, I threw my hands up.

So, we are now the proud owners of some ugly GEOX and an even uglier and junky rubber watch.

So, we are now the proud owners of some twinkle toes shoes.

I guess I should be thankful that they don’t light up.

Please tell me I’m not the only one…


  1. I feel your pain. Same ugly shoes here. I too am thankful the Skechers don’t light up, that would have sent me over the edge.


    Comment by chris on September 7, 2011
  2. Thank god I am not the only one with an older kid who can’t tie laces – mine’s a fifth grader. Thank you so much for posting this. And yes, he chose the most god-awful ugly Nikes you ever did see. That cost $80. The weekend before school started. All I could think was, “at least they don’t light up…”


    Comment by Emiily on September 7, 2011
  3. I saw those sketchers (more importantly, my 5 year old saw them) and said “i’m not spending $55 on indoor shoes”. I also went into to the stores (shoe company, tootsies, wal-mart, zellers and superstore) already having said I will NOT buy shoes that light up or have barbie, tinkerbell or any disney princess on them. I got a pair of clearance shoes from Lands End. I hate shoe shopping.


    Jessica replied on

    I’m with you… only I think that I said “I’m not spending more than $25 on indoor shoes that you’ll grow out of in two months. Unless they’ll also make your lunch.”


    Comment by suze on September 7, 2011
  4. Crazy how similar our children are.

    Jay, third grade, still does a terrible job with laces.
    Lola, needs hoooooouuuuuuuuurs to pick out one pair of shoes.
    Feenie freaking got anything she wanted, like always, and is now the owner of twinkle toes THAT LIGHT UP.

    I wish we can get them together one time in this life.


    Comment by OHmommy on September 7, 2011
  5. Ahh, it could be worse. Those are very Isabella.


    ali replied on

    Seriously. You and my husband.
    Always with the “it could be worse” argument.


    Kristabella replied on



    ali replied on

    …and I just died.

    Comment by Kristabella on September 7, 2011
  6. do they each need three pairs as well – indoor/outdoor and gym shoes, holy moly school is expensive eh!

    ok .. onto more important issues, if you can’t give meat and you can give peanut butter .. what can you give for lunch?? Give me some ideas .. I’m curious how you handle that!!!


    ali replied on

    I mean they have six feet between them…I was only buying one pair for each kid last night…but yes, they will need OTHER shoes too.

    sooooooo expensive.

    as far as lunches…it’s a MESS. Emily likes hummus. So, she takes carrots, celery and crackers and eats that with the hummus…when she is in the mood for it. Other than that…it’s a nightmare. cheese? jam sandwiches? cold pizza. NIGHTMARE, I tell you.


    Sarah replied on

    yes I knew the six feet between them .. but ya, lot’s of shoes each .. and then they grow out of them by Feb lol

    ya I guess you can send soup/pasta etc in a thermos .. but wow, pretty hard to get the protien in them for sure!


    Comment by Sarah on September 7, 2011
  7. *can’t give pb…


    Comment by Sarah on September 7, 2011
  8. Oh yes. Last year, the day after Thanksgiving, we stopped at the great shoe store by mom’s, which had light-up shoes in only the middle child’s size. I had them call every other store in the chain in a 50 mile radius to see if they had the particular pair that the oldest child wanted. They did not. The oldest child cried, sulked and grumbled a very cranky monologue the entire two hour drive home. The second we got home I found the shoes he wanted on Amazon, ordered them with two day shipping, and had them Monday.

    The other day oldest child said to me, “remember when you bought middle child those cool shoes but you didn’t buy any for me?”

    Swear to God.


    Comment by Lisa on September 7, 2011
  9. Oh, back-to-school shoes. I got lucky this year. Both my girls picked out nice-enough-looking shoes. Adorable photos. :)


    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on September 7, 2011
  10. I worked for a children’s shoe store from Aug 2002 to Jan/Feb 2006, and let me tell you – 75% of our stock either sparkled, lit up, or MADE NOISE. How I hated those shoes.

    When we started carrying more European brands (such as Børn) and Japanese (Tsukihoshi), I was thrilled; the shoes were about three times the cost but they were AMAZING and they lasted. I actually bought a pair (I have wee sized feet), and I had them for a couple of years, at least, before I couldn’t wear them anymore.

    But.. um… no on those shoes. GEOX were pretty bad, though – and CHEESY…


    Comment by Mari on September 7, 2011
  11. OMG my MOM bought these for Gigi. She tried to do it the other day and I was like UM NO, and they shen bought them behind my back because they were “so fun!”


    Comment by Brittany on September 7, 2011
  12. My five-year-old has those shoes, except worse because they light up. I refused to purchase them. My best friend (damn her) laughed and bought them anyway for my child’s birthday. Lord help us when our kids are teenagers.


    Comment by Amanda Hill on September 7, 2011
  13. i agree with this post i have sketchers and it’s 5 years from now and i am still using the next time i buy i probably same brand sketchers too.


    Comment by Hellen on September 8, 2011
  14. I always read, and never comment. But I am driven out of my silent ways: no nuts, no meat? Holy shitballs. Thats carazay.

    And – come on – those shoes aren’t half bad. ;)


    Comment by Mary on September 8, 2011
  15. Ok I understand the no nut rule but please explain the no meat?


    Comment by Susan on September 9, 2011

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