I know that a lot of the country has already headed back to school, but here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t start until after Labor Day. That means that everyone around here right now is at the mall, back to school shopping for their kids.
That’s all fine, but before you hit the mall, let me suggest that you hit up Famous Footwear to take care of the shoes (and possibly socks and backpacks, as well)! That’s what we did, and my kids are super happy. Buying shoes for your kids is one of those inevitable parts of parenthood. Usually, it kind of stresses me out because, let’s face it, shoes can be expensive! Not only that, my kids are picky. And the older they get, the pickier they get! But, Famous Footwear totally had me covered, and you will be too.
Maybe you’ve noticed that NEON is all the rage this year. What’s that about? It’s like I’m back in junior high! I kid you not, the things kids are wearing at my son’s school (he’s in 8th grade) make me think I’ve gone back in time and it’s actually ME in 8th grade, not him. Anyone else feel like that? At any rate, we weren’t cool enough to have neon shoes, back in the day, but now they sure do. So neon is a style guide must. Unfortunately, for my 8th grader, he just got new shoes at the end of last school year, so he was out of luck on this particular shopping trip.
My real purpose in going to Famous Footwear this time around was to get my baby (who is starting Kindergarten next week!) a new pair of Converse All stars. Do these shoes EVER go out of style? I can’t count how many pairs I’ve had over the years, starting in high school. I still have some. Anyway, he (along with countless others) considers these to be the coolest of the cool when it comes to shoes. He had a pair of red ones last year that he LOVED. But, alas, they got too small. He was devastated when I told them I had to put them in the hand-me-down bin, but I told him I’d get him a new pair for when school started. So, off we went. Famous Footwear has TONS of Converse. High tops, low tops. Classic colors, neon, fancy prints, etc., for girls, boys, adults, and everyone in between. We found him a pair of plain black low tops, and he was happy. I loved how simple it was. And I totally figured I was done. We came in for 1 pair of Converse Allstars, and that’s what we found.
But then I saw all the “BOGO” signs. What? Buy one, get one half off? Well shoot! That’s hard to pass up. And I had my daughter with me. My poor deprived daughter, who always has a great supply of hand-me-downs coming her way. Who never needs NEW shoes.
And because of this, never GETS new shoes.
So, I told her to take a look around.
She was in heaven.
Famous Footwear has Skechers. LOTS of Skechers. Skechers takes the concept of girly shoes to a whole new level. Pinks and purples, stars, hearts, flashing lights… It’s like a disco in that aisle and she LOVED IT! She tried on shoe after shoe, and because of the Back to School Sale prices, PLUS the BOGO deal, I didn’t really have to steer her away from any that were “too expensive”. She finally narrowed her choices to between a couple different styles of high tops. She’s been wanting high tops forever now, and was really pleased with her choice (once she finally made it… She’s very indecisive when choosing between 2 things she really wants).
Also, as we were trying on shoes and deciding, a friendly sales associate made sure we knew that if there as a style we liked, but not in the right size, they could have it mailed to us!
When we took our shoes to the front to check out, I was told I could save 5% just by signing up to have coupons sent to me. OKAY!
All in all, it was a very low stress shopping experience. My kids are ecstatic about their new shoes (which I promptly confiscated until the first day of school), and I don’t feel like I paid a ton for good quality, name brand shoes, that my kids are crazy about.
I call that a win.