‘Just the 2 of Us’ 2015 #11 – {Eden’s First Shoes}

‘Just the 2 of Us’ 2015 #11 – {Eden’s First Shoes}

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This weeks ‘Just the 2 of Us‘ post marks a very special rite of passage for every Mother and Daughter, our very first shoe shopping expedition.  Eden’s feet are so small at nearly 16 months old and still as UK toddler 1 it is really difficult to find footwear that she can wear outdoors.  Now she’s walking it feels so unfair for her to be strapped in the buggy whenever we’re out and about, so after a recommendation from a friend we ventured to ‘Paces & Laces‘ a specialist shoe shop for children.

I had checked out their website and saw that they stocked a lot of our favourites for the girls, Lelli Kelly’s, Twinkletoes etc, so figured it was worth checking out even if they didn’t stock anything in Eden’s size.  I was so pleasantly surprised.

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They had a gorgeous little wooden train in the back room with lots of little carriages for seats.  It was such a lovely touch, Eden really enjoyed herself exploring away.  There were mirrors everywhere in which she was kissing herself (and making extra cleaning for someone – sorry), and given her teeny size, every little chair was like a mountainous challenge that she had to climb.  I was so pleased it had been recommended to us.

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Given Eden’s teeny size there were only 3 pairs that she could try on.  A beautiful pair of pink t-bar dolly shoes, but she must be like her Dad because although one fit beautifully the left shoe was far too wide.  This style would not work for our princess, not yet anyway.  The lovely owner then presented us with some NOEL boots.  There were 2 similar styles and given their small fitting they fit Eden perfectly with the right amount of room to grow.  Obviously the owner wanted to make sure she could see Eden walking before selling the shoes to us as making sure the children’s feet are ready for hard soles is  priority when buying first shoes.  It is better for children to stay barefoot as long as possible, but at nearly 16 months and being unable to join in any festivities outdoors, despite her tiny size, Eden was definitely ready.

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It took her a while to get used to having anything on her feet, but eventually she was off and showcasing that yes indeed she could infact walk.  This pair had a lovely paisley pattern on them, but I felt although these were maybe the prettier of the 2 styles and the size being exactly the same, for some reason these ones looked bigger on Eden’s feet.  I guess like an optical illusion we decided on the simpler design of virtually the same shoe.

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I took photos of both of the shoes and text Daddy at home, asking him which one, and then before he replied, knowing what he would say I asked the owner, ‘How much are they?’.  I knew that Daddy would automatically choose the cheaper option as I was a little bit torn.  I was then informed they were both the same price £47… I double checked with Nanny (James’ Mum) who always likes to buy each of the children’s first pair of shoes, if this would be ok… it was and we purchased Eden’s first shoes extremely happily.  I was still so pleased that we had discovered this little gem of a store.  I’m a huge fan of shopping small and shopping local, so it thrills me to have such a cute boutique shop that stocks all of our favourites without needing to buy online.  The shop also offers a family rewards scheme (which works well when you have as many children as we do) for every £200 accumulated you receive a £15 off voucher.  Better than a kick in the teeth as they say, and with all of ours it wouldn’t be too long before we acquire our first voucher.

Our little girl is really growing up.  She loved her shoes, wore them all day with no quarms and in the evening as we got her ready for bed, she kept trying to put them back on herself.  A very satisfied little girl.  One very happy Mummy.  A wonderful Mummy and Daughter’s first shoe shopping experience.

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4 thoughts on “‘Just the 2 of Us’ 2015 #11 – {Eden’s First Shoes}

  1. Oh her new shoes are absolutely gorgeous Alexandra- and that little shop looks lovely too. I do love Clarks as I think their service is great, but the shoes are just rubbish, they never have any styles I like. But it is so important to get their first shoes as fitted- I am bad with the girls now as I just put them in shop bought non fitted ones- my Grandma gets cross with me and says they should always be fitted. 😉 x

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