My 2-year-old Jacob has a thing for boots. He always has. In fact, I wrote of his love for his shiny red rain boots almost a year ago. When I allow Jacob to choose his footwear, he nearly always opts for boots. Toddlers and rain boots – a match made in heaven.
Sadly for Jacob, though, he had outgrown all of his boots. I could barely squeeze his feet into the biggest of the three pairs of red rain boots I originally bought for his big sister Hannah. And so the hunt was on for new rain boots, which would be worthy of Jacob’s love and affection. I tried the second-hand store first. No dice, so sometime later I headed to the mall. I visited 5 stores. I found lots of snow boots, in every conceivable style, colour and size. I found some dress-up shoes and novelty socks, but no toddler rain boots.
Note to department store purchasers, who presumably live in Toronto: Canada is a big country, as you know. And in this part of Canada, protecting against
the incessant rain wet weather is more important than protecting against cold. You might want to think about that when you’re stocking the local Sears. Love, Amber.
I tweeted about my hard luck on the rain boot front, and Twitter made suggestions. So a week or so later, I headed out once again. This time, I stopped off at the local Superstore. There, I found rain boots for big kids, but none for toddlers. But once again, I found vast quantities of snow boots.
Note to Superstore purchasers, who presumably live in Toronto and refer to themselves as Loblaws purchasers, since that’s what the retail chain is called in Ontario: See my note to department store purchasers. XOXO.
Finally, I visited the kids’ shoe store that I should have started at. It’s a funny little shop, and you have to ask the owner to bring you the shoes you’re looking for in the size you want. And so I did that. First, she brought out some shiny red rain boots, that looked exactly like the old shiny red rain boots. Be still my heart. I tried them on Jacob, they fit, and they were affordable. I was ready to go.
These are the boots that made my toddler’s heart sing
Jacob was not ready to go though, because about 30 seconds later the owner brought out the lizard and worm boots, and Jacob ripped the red boots off his feet and lunged in the direction of the lizard and worm boots. He put them on himself. He ran off. He refused to be swayed by the other options presented to him. He had chosen his boots, and there was no getting them off his feet.
On the way to visit Skeeter Farm – wearing his rain boots, of course
It’s only been five days since we bought the new boots, but they have become a permanent fixture on Jacob’s feet. And not a moment too soon – November in Vancouver is rainy, indeed. When it’s time to go he runs down and puts his boots on, usually on the wrong feet, and often before he’s wearing anything else. There can be no doubt as to his affection.
Playing in the back yard, with rain boots on the wrong feet
Jacob has adventuring to do, and he has the boots to do it in. What could be better?
Do your children have strong opinions when it comes to their footwear? And do you also find that stores never stock appropriate footwear (or clothing) in season? Tell me all about it!