When my husband was a little boy, his aunt always bought him a pair of shoes on his birthday. And not just any pair of shoes. A high-quality pair of shoes. As he got older, she even let him in on the shopping process and he was given the opportunity to select a pair of his choosing.
I think that his aunt is brilliant (and kind) for coming up with such a practical - but also fun - birthday tradition. What could be better than getting a new pair of shoes to show off at school the next day and to wear day-after-day? It truly is a gift that "keeps on giving" long after the toys are unwrapped and tossed aside.
I invite you - grandparents, dads, moms, uncles, aunts, and godparents - to take that tradition and make it your own. If you're looking for a good place to start shopping for your 6-month-old-age 8 recipient - look first at See Kai Run and Eleven.
See Kai Run features shoes for toddlers (6 months-3 years) and they are the height of cuteness. You really can't go wrong with this mom-owned brand. The shoes are made of buttery soft leather, yet they're tough enough to withstand the "run-run-fun-fun" way of toddlerhood.
Eleven, one of SKR's sister sites, features shoes for preschoolers and kids in early elementary school (3-8 years). They are pure modernity - trendy, fun, and full of fashion. The designer knows her stuff - the styles are kid-friendly...and very hip. Just ask a 6-year-old to look at the collection: you'll see.
Before you start shopping, you'll want to know that both companies just released their spring/summer 2009 collections - and the new designs are FABULOUS .
You'll also want to know that select styles are currently 50% off (that's one of the biggest sales that I've ever seen for this brand)...but only until March 12.
Final thoughts about that "new shoes on birthday" tradition: I think it works for adults too. I, for one, am really liking that idea. Any takers? Mom? Sisters? Bueller? Anyone?
WIN IT! There will be two winners. One winner will receive a pair of See Kai Run shoes (6-months-3 years) in the size/style of his/her choice. Another winner will receive a pair of Eleven shoes (3-8 years) in the size/style of his/her choice. To enter, leave a comment on this post stating which shoe would be your choice prior to Monday, March 16 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner of the SEE KAI RUN shoes is #132 Lori Z. The winner of the ELEVEN shoes is #53 zmama. Congratulations!