Now that Luke is crawling/scooting, I really want him to wear shoes to protect his feet. My dilemma? Baby shoes are expensive(!) and his feet are too deep and wide for many of them.
Also, if I bought some of the cute, expensive, or even not-so-expensive shoes, they have a bunch of patterns and designs on the tops that won't match any of his outfits. Really, alligators are nice, but they don't match his clothes. I want a nice pair of brown shoes that will be comfy and go with what he is wearing. I have brown shoes, black shoes, tennis shoes, etc... and since they are simple, they go with many outfits.
The solution came as I was watching a little boy at playgroup crawl around in some soft, brown corduroy shoes. THAT was what I needed! They were cute and functional and perfect for a baby who was crawling around. I asked his mother where she found them and she told me that another mom who lived near her made them. Made them? You can make baby shoes? Yes, and she only paid about $12 for them.
Later, I found a free pattern online and went to Jo-Ann's for my supplies. Here is the result:
Also, while perusing Etsy, a website carrying beautiful handmade items by small time crafters, I began to dream of setting up my own shop with baby shoes. They are so much fun to make and you can use all sorts of materials from cotton to suede to leather. If anyone is interested in a pair, let me know- I'll make you a deal. :)