Marilyn Monroe said, "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world."
For the past 14 months, Emily's only shoes have been socks. Since she's started to couch surf and take a few wobbly steps, we decided that she was ready for her very first pair of shoes.
Over the weekend, we made a trip to Stride Rite. We decided to go to Stride Rite when it opened, hoping to avoid a lot of people and potential germs. Only two other children were in the store. One of the children was a boy who was younger than Emily, but much larger than her. The other child was much older. She was testing out a new pair of shoes by running from the front of the store to the back of the store -- kind of like a relay race.
Emily was excited to be out and about. She seemed very interested in all of the bright colors and the racks of shoes. Unfortunately, her excitement turned to tears when the Stride Rite representative touched her feet for measurement. Emily wasn't fond of a stranger touching her feet and also did not like having her foot held down on the metal foot ruler.
We learned that Emily has one big foot (measuring in at a size three) and one small foot (measuring in at a size two). That must be pretty typical, as I have one foot that is bigger than the other.
The Stride Rite representative recommended a size three and a half. Since Stage Three walker shoes don't come in this size, we ended up buying adorable pink and white Stage Two crawler shoes with Velcro straps.
Emily is enjoying wearing her big girl shoes around the house. She's now ready to conquer the world!