Monday, 25 March 2013

A Week of Firsts


Today C is 13 months old. Tomorrow it will be 1 year since her due date. Yesterday she got her 1st tooth and today she got her 1st pair of shoes! 

C has been getting more and more confident with her walking over the past week so we decided to get her feet measured in the hope of getting her some shoes before the Easter holiday rush.

We took her to the shop where I got my first pair of shoes, The Golden Boot in Maidstone, Kent.  The Golden Boot has the advantage of being an independent retailer and therefore stocking a variety of brands, including Clarks and Start-rite, and thus offering a greater choice than a single brand shop.  

The assistant was very patient and C was reasonably amenable to having her feet measured.  She measured a 3G. Wide feet!  We were informed that as she was confidently walking then she should go straight to “walkers” rather than an intermediate pair of “cruisers”. Unfortunately most of the “walker” styles start in a 4 therefore we were warned the choice might be limited. 
The assistant came back with 6 pairs of shoes: 1 start-rite, 2 Clarks, 2 Pediped and 1 other brand. I was asked if I had a preference out of the styles.   My only preference was ideally not Pink. Being a girl, C has lots of pink things. I therefore was hoping to break away from that in shoes. 

Both the navy Start-rite and the white Clarks styles came up slightly tight therefore we were advised to try an H width fitting. An H!!!! Wow!!!! 

There was only one style available in the shop in a 3H….. ClarksAlana Star first shoe….. in bright pink!

To be fair, once on they looked very cute, and most importantly they fitted well!

As part of The Golden Boot’s “My First Shoe Club”. C then had her photo taken in her first pair of shoes :-)



Since we have been home I have let C have an hour in her new shoes to get used to them. I am conscious not to keep her little feet cooped up for too long.  I am impressed how quickly she has taken to them and she is now able to walk around easily. Equally impressive, if you ask her where her shoes are, she now points to her feet :-) 



I can’t believe my baby is now a toddler! This does not fill me with the sadness that I know it would some. I am so excited for the future and everything it will bring.


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