Getting everyone out the door and off to school and work in the mornings, is easily the most stressful part of my day.
Please tell me I’m not alone in this?
Last week as I was rushing to get everyone off their separate days and
yelling at speaking lovingly to my children that they needed to hurry, we had a little crisis. We couldn’t find Jimmy’s Crocs (aka, the shoes that he adores because despite being incredibly unattractive, they are comfortable and he can mostly put them on and off alone). In our rush, I grabbed a pair of new flip-flops from his closet. Right about now I’m thinking that this will absolve me of all of my earlier yelling by putting a smile on my toddlers face with is new shark print flip-flops from Old Navy.
There were tears to get them on.
Tears to walk in them.
The darn things wouldn’t stay on.
Chloe was about to miss the bus.
I was carrying the baby.
So I did what I had to do. I grabbed Chloe’s hand and started to run for the bus, yelling over my shoulder for Jimmy to just stay there and that I’d be back in a minute. Although it was just at the other end of the block, the boy looked at me with his new shoes in his hands (since at this point we’d given up hope of them working for his feet) like I’d just told him I was putting him up for adoption. The tears started to flow, the screaming commenced and I just kept running. There was NO WAY we were all walking all the way to the school if we missed that bus.
Well, we caught the bus (barely). As I returned to the sobbing little Jimmy, he promptly threw his shoes at me and yelled “YUCKY”.
So for all of you who think that shoes don’t make a difference, guess again! Especially for KIDS!
If you read our last post “Culture Shock, Growing Pains, and Why Life Is Better With a Good Pair of Sandals“, you heard my story from an adults angle. Yes, in life it’s usually the little things that end up making a BIG difference. That’s why shoes are a big deal around this house (and why I’m currently cursing spending $20 to buy 10 pairs of crappy flip-flops from Old Navy…what a waste).
The sandals that are currently on our most worn list are from Sanuk.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or possibly in Saudi Arabia…), you’ve likely seen Sanuk footwear popping up all over the place over the last few years. Here are some of their newest styles that we got to check out and are currently LOVIN':
These sandals are completely wonderful. I started wearing them when we arrived here, 36+ weeks pregnant, with hugely swollen feet, and I was walking everywhere since we didn’t have a car. Yes, these sandals got put to the test right away. Here’s what I love about them:
Their simple style makes them incredibly versatile and I’ve been wearing them with everything from shorts, to jeans, to dresses.
The foot bed is made from a recycled yoga mat and it is sooooo comfy.
Straps are made from stretchy knit (like a t-shirt) so they fit many foot shapes comfortably.
The straps are super easy to clean.
They’re a great price
The only thing that I didn’t love about them was that I couldn’t just slip them on and often need 2 hands to get them on. As you might guess, that’s a little tricky when you’re super pregnant or have a baby in your arms. Nonetheless, it’s a small price to pay for comfy feet all day (and I usually leave them on all day once they’re on)!
While Sanuk calls even their shoe-like footwear sandals, we call these shoes around our house. Yes, they’re light and airy and have the comfort of sandals, but in my book if they don’t let sand out, they’re shoes Chloe has been happily testing these shoes out since we arrived with some pretty non-stop wear. The kid absolutely loves them. Here are some great things we like about them:
The pattern is adorable (a huge deal if you have a young fashionista like I do).
They are super easy to get on and off. Chloe’s 4 and while she’s pretty independent, there are still plenty of shoes she needs help with.
She can do these 100% on her own so we both are in love with that.
They’re light. They breathe better, her feet stay cooler, and we avoid the stink issue we would usually get with hot feet and sneakers.
While we’re still checking out how durable they are, so far they are holding up really well, which if they keep it up I know they’ll totally be worth the $36!
So if you haven’t done so already, give Sanuk a try – your feet will thank you for it!