It seems like ages ago that I took Olivia shopping for back to school shoes – but it was just last month. Remember the fantastic deals and our top picks at the Shoe Company? While shopping, we chose adorable slip-on Mary-Jane style back to school shoes, that in the Edmonton weather, lasted only a couple of weeks before we needed something a little bit warmer to replace a newly outgrown three season pair of boots from last year.
I needed something to replace sandals, like it or not, the season for boots is here – and so we were back to the Shoe Company, in our own backyard searching for boots that she could wear through fall, back and forth to school and flats that would get me through the fall.
As we walked into the children’s section, there was one pair of boots that caught her eye. She’s got great taste! I’ll give her that – but with the small hands in first grade, she was having a difficult time zipping and unzipping the boots herself. They were fantastic, but we had to pass them over for something a little more practical.
The next pair of boots that we tried on were similar to her previous style, but she wanted something ‘more fancy’ than the practical, -30 rated, boots (that were a steal of a deal at just over $60). The pull on styles of boots last for ages and they’ve always got a good resale value – in case you’re wondering how to get the best bang for your buck (these are the way to go). Plus, these ones are three season boots and super-waterproof so we wore these ones all year round!
The Just Right
In between these two styles are a pair of boots I know will get her through the fall. Pro tip: if you do end up buying this style of boots, treat them with waterproofing – it’s going to help them last longer and keep feet warmer. These were just-like-mine, easy to pull on and off, and would keep her feet warm on those fall walks to the bus, and outdoors for recess as the months get a bit colder.
Just like that, boot season arrived and we were left with last year’s fall boots just a bit too snug to make it through the Fall season.
Her choice of boots are adorable, and waiting to be worn the day after tomorrow when they’ve got their final spray of waterproofing, keeping those toes warm through games of tag at recess, walks home from the bus, and walking over that first fresh snowfall of the year.
I was apprehensive at first, because similar styles last year were worn in fast, and she was walking on the sides of the boot, but these seem sturdy enough to hold up to excited six-year-old running. Plus, you have to admit that you get a similar look on your face when you find the right pair of boots.
Shopping for shoes? If you’re confident with sizes, you can save the trip to the store and shop online for shoes for the entire family – or stop by the Shoe Company where you can get everyone’s feet warmed up in one trip.
This post was brought to you by a partnership between the Shoe Company and our family. All opinions are my own.