I haven’t been to the mall in five years or so. I detest the place. But, my growing disdain for any shoes that come from WalMart has brought me to a state of foot-wear desperation.
It’s not for me, it’s for Slim. You know? The nine year old. Nine years old is Latin for “his feet grow while he sleeps.” So I can’t buy his shoes at Academy. It would be just asking for him to out grow them this week after spending $40 on them, bad idea. And I wouldn’t buy him shoes at all except he has none. Oh, that’s a lie. He had the sandals he wore to the mall, so he could bring his feet along to try on all the new shoes. But we threw those suckers away as soon as we got home. Unless it’s the new style that the toes should touch the floor in front of the sandal I don’t think they fit him anymore.
I went to Penney’s. So-o-o not in my price range!
Next stop, Payless, where we did in fact pay less. I bought him a pair of sandals long enough to accommodate his whole foot. And they were on clearance for $7. Totally in my price range.
Still shopping because the boy needs some footwear for playing soccer of a Saturday.
Following our trail from Penney’s to Sears we passed and went into Footlocker for Kids. Looked at some prices and ran screaming from that money trap.
Seems like there was another store where we had the exact same experience, but I have no recollection of the name of that one. But there was screaming and horror at the sight of the price tags on the tennis shoes. My word, do people really spend $80 on shoes for kids whose feet grow every night?
Finally made it to Sears where, even if the clearance shoes had been reasonably priced I wouldn’t have bought them. We don’t go in for cartoon characters on shoes, and by cartoon characters I don’t mean bugs bunny and mighty mouse. I may have done that. What they had were scary, evil looking things. Forget it.
Back to Payless where he “chose” (read- I chose for him) a pair of good looking athletic shoes for a good price. And by good looking I mean brown and gray (read- dirt don’t show so much) and by reasonably priced I mean clearanced to $10!
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