My Convertible Life

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What's in a Shoe

My daughter loves these shoes. LOVES them. They were a gift from my mother-in-law at Christmas -- Nonna picked them out specifically because she thought the ankle straps would make them easier to wear. It might be a little hard to see, but in addition to the high heels and ankle straps, the shoes also have satin ruffles with rhinestones down the front.
I've resisted the urge to write this post because I didn't want to offend Nonna. Pippi LOVES the shoes -- and I would have, too, when I was her age. And to be honest, I'm probably just jealous that Pip can walk, run (yes, run) and climb stairs in them way better than I can in heels that actually fit me.

But every time I look at these shoes, all I can think is Do they come in a gift set with a pole and some nipple tassels? I mean, seriously, they look like stripper shoes.

I'm not even going to try to write about all the frighteningly sexy stuff marketed for toddlers -- that's well-traveled territory among mommy-bloggers. But I admit that my first reaction to the shoes had me all worked up about how inappropriate it is for a two-year-old to look like an exotic dancer -- a reaction that wasn't helped by Pippi's penchant for wearing the shoes and her diaper and nothing else.

Once I talked myself off the ledge, I remembered that Pippi doesn't have that context for the shoes -- all she sees is sparkly, pretty, pink fun. She gets to enjoy the shoes without worrying about what anyone else thinks, without any baggage or hidden meaning at all.

So Nonna, thanks for giving my baby girl some shoes to match her sassy personality. And thanks for reminding me that sometimes girls just want to have fun.

4 comments:

  1. While the shoes are um, not my taste. I can totally see the appeal for a little girl who just squees at pink and sparkles. Also, I am pretty glad I have sons. ;-)

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  2. Had to jump over here for some more shots of the stripper shoes. They are FANTASTIC! And the way Pippi posed for the photos, you might have an ankle and foot model on your hands. ;0)

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  3. I covet those shoes! For my girls, of course. I don't think those fab-o shoes would encourage a future in exotic dancing. More like a future in professional princess-ness. And the ankle straps are genius!

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  4. I have just installed iStripper, and now I can watch the best virtual strippers stripping on my taskbar.

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