Why do we do things like this?

@toe_ster (771)
United States
June 6, 2007 12:39am CST
Shoes for kids. I understand the need for them but not the price. It annoys me to go somewhere like payless and have to pay $15 or higher for my toddlers size 5 shoes when he will grow out of them in another two weeks. And that is Payless. It is not like going to Macys or anyything like that. My irritation builds when I see these babies wearing $50dollar shoes that won't fit next week and people go on like its nothing. I am not rich but I am not poor. It seems almost wasteful to me to spend that much on a shoe that won't even get good use. What do you do wit it afterwards? There are so many other things money like that could go for. Sorry if I am venting. I just had toget the frustration out. My son has the habit of losing his left shoe. I don't know why or how but we have a closet full of old shoes that are right foot only. Where do they go????
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I totally agree. I try to just buy cheap shoes at walmart. Or I sometimes find some good shoes at yard sales. We find a pair of nike kids shoes for $1.50 that the parents probably paid $40 for their kids to wear them a few months lol. Thats funny about always losing the left shoes. You didn't put them in the dryer did you? lol
@toe_ster (771)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Oh yeah yard sales! I live in a rainy state and it is about summer meanng yard sale season!! I should start getting out to them more. Never know what I can find. Maybe the other half of a missing shoe lol!!! Thanks for responding.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Ha, My oldest son used to do that too. (lose one of his shoes) With my youngest, he hardly wears them, and all he wears right now are hand me downs, because he's only 9 months old, he doesn't really need them yet. Once he starts walking (problably w/in the next month, as he's already cruising a bit) we'll go buy him a new pair, but even then he'll mostly rely on handmedowns till he gets a little older (most of his older brother's shoes that are bigger sizes are not worth reusing.. (: It's crazy how much money they expect you to pay for a pair of shoes that will last a couple of weeks. (if that, we bought the oldest one a brand new pair of shoes for his first easter, we bought them 2 weeks before easter, and he had already outgrown them before Easter, The youngest one has worn them once, and is now too big for them! *sigh* I usually go to Target, and catch their sales, when they have sales on shoes, you can find shoes for 5-10 dollars, and they are nice quality shoes. they always have sales too. I refuse to pay full price for them, because it's just ridiculous!
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@toe_ster (771)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I like trget shoes. I do need to catch the sales. we used to go a few times a week and catch all those ridiculous clearances, like t-shirts and shorts or pants that used be $5-10 and are now for lik.93 cents. But since having a third kid, it is a lot harder to go out with them. It seems like I beter start again. thanks for responding
@jolenegreen (1209)
• United States
6 Jun 07
LOL My children wear $50 shoes. BUT only becuase I get on ebay for anywhere between $15-$20. I figure if I am going to pay that much for a shoe at payless, old navy or walmart then I might as well get a name brand shoe right? LOL. I get the kids a pair of Nikes on ebay for $20 while u go to the shoe Dept and it costs you $50. SO I am saving really I am!
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@toe_ster (771)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I never thought to look on ebay. Great idea. My husband is way into clothing and brand names even though we can't afford them. Good to know where to look. Thanks
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
6 Jun 07
Try a shoe swap in your area. Those who have the habit of loosing right shoes may have collection of left shoes. Sometimes you may hit a pair. Two more advises: Pass on the shoes between siblings if your kids shoes is in good condition. Never buy shoes thet exactly matches their size. But a bigger one.
@toe_ster (771)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Good ideas. I don't knnow any shoe swpa but I like it. Maybe I could start one as soon as I can keep both shoes together. Lol. Maybe there is someone outnthere that loses the other shoe. My older kids wear their shoes down as they get more hard playing at school. They sre not in a good enough condition. When they were younger we did a shoe swap with my sisters. I had the oldest of the four boys born in the same year. So my midde child had a good selection. We got rid of them seeing as nobody else was pregnant for a while . Big mistake. 4 years later, here i sit ragging to everyone on mylot. Lol Thanks for the suggestion.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I agree with you, shoes are too expensive for little ones. My little guy wore his size 0 shoes ONE time. He was born on a Wednesday, and wore them to church that Sunday, by the following week, he couldn't fit in them anymore! Now he's moving right on up. He's in a size 7 at 16 months. Shoes still don't fit him for any length of time. They always still look brand new when we put them away for the next baby. We only buy his shoes at Walmart. He did have some Nikes when he was in size 3 and 4, because a friend of mine gave them to me. Her older son (he was 19 when her youngest was born) bought them for his baby brother. Normally my son just wears the shoes from Walmart that are like $12 or whatever. He has some Diego ones right now, and we will probably buy him some sandals soon. I can't imagine spending $50+ on his shoes. It's bad enough when I have to do that for ME and I wear my shoes for like a year.
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@toe_ster (771)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I can't even afford to think of buying $50 shoes. I am hoping to be able to put my 1 year olds shoes away except he keeps losing the left ones. If I had a dollar for every lost shoe, I could probably buy an expensive pair of shoes lol! I do like walmart. We just don't get out there as much anymore. It is a good 20-30 minute drive. I totally agree abouthaving to buy my own shes at that price and mine 4 times the size and get 4 times the use. Its ridiculous.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
14 Jun 07
it's like having the sock monster; you have the show monster! lol
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@Roswell (104)
• India
7 Jun 07
well yes, i do agree to some extent but if the quality of the shoe is well suited for his or her feet i would not risk damaging their feet. And if they are really young then surely shoes would be no problem cuz they aren't walking yet. And the loosing shoes are cuz maybe you are buying them in larger size so that you don't hav to buy a new one when his feet grow and save some money but make sure you don't buy lace shoes children get frustrated
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• United States
7 Jun 07
I have four kids, and if I had to buy new shoes for them all, I'd be completely broke!! I am a big time yard saler. Kids outgrow their shoes before they wear them out (as do they their clothes too!). I look ahead to what size I think my oldest boy will be wearing in the next year. Then I buy what I can, unless it's completely ratty. I have 3 boys two years apart, so they just pass them down to the next brother. I also have a lot of shoes and clothes given to me by friends. Another great source for shoes and everything else is www.freecycle.org. You give away what you don't want, and someone else will give you what they don't want. It's completely free. Check it out!
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@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
7 Jun 07
yes i do agree that the price for child's stuffs are very expensive nowadays... not only the shoes... but also the clothes... and they can't even wear it for long because they grow up very very fast... it is just a waste of money... i don't have a child yet... but when i do have one, i wouldn't want to spend heaps of money for their shoes and clothes... it's just not worth it... and i think garage sale is a very good idea to get rid or the stuffs or give them away to somebody who really need them...
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• Canada
6 Jun 07
I know exactly how you feel about this so unless there is a sale on then I go to thrift stores and pay $2.00 for my kids shoes sometime less and I always make sure they look almost new. The last pair of Brand NEW runners i bought for my 4 yr old was in january and I only paid $5 at payless I was shocked but now hes out grown them already its really crazy to spend so much on shoes that won't even last a season. All the old shoes in my house end up back at the thrift store.
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@avea3399 (59)
• United States
6 Jun 07
That is like me i buy my shoes for $50 and then next year it doesent fit me. What i do is give to my little brother if he wants it or just throw it out.
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• United States
6 Jun 07
I would never spend more than $5 bucks on shoes for my little one. She just goes through them to fast. I love Target if you go there and check over the clearence racks you can get some super deals we just got her two pairs of shoes for $3 each. That is quite a deal on brand new shoes. I also picked up five pairs of jeans for only $6 a piece so I am clothed for the year on $30 I love it!! As for losing things my daughter can not keep a pair of socks to save her life! I buy a package of new socks and it seems before I even get it home it is missing a pair.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Lol, right foot only! I know what you mean, it is crazy.
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• Malaysia
8 Jul 07
People will do anything to get money. Growing children is an opportunity for some people to gain easy money. That's why they are using this and taking advantage of it. They never cared if we have to spend a fortune on a pair of shoe. Only money that matter to them. I hope this doesn't offend anybody. This is what I think personally.