Elijah's never worn shoes before. He's worn booties and he had one pair of pre-walker boots that he grew out after only having worn them twice, but not real shoes. Because he has a freaky, turned-under toe, it's been recommended that he be barefoot or in socks most of the time, in the hope that might straighten out his toe. But now, it's getting too cold for bare feet and he can't go outside in only socks, so it was time for real shoes!
I was intending to just get Elijah a cheap pair of shoes for his first pair, but do you think I could find shoes that fit him? All the size 3 shoes were too small except for a pair of size 3 pre-walkers. Since Elijah is now walking with confidence, pre-walkers just won't cut it anymore. The size 4 shoes were too big: Elijah was able to pull one off as I was putting the other on.
Eventually, I found the only pair of shoes in the entire store that were an acceptable fit. Unfortunately, they were also the most expensive. They are leather and about twice the price I was intending to pay! I'm sure they are more expensive than some of my shoes!
Fortunately they do fit very well, with a bit of growing room. It didn't take Elijah very long to adapt to walking in them. We gave him a trial run in the house before letting him loose outside.
Oh yeah, he's cool alright!