YAY! Shoes for Audrey, and $10 coupon for you, too

I have searched, for likely too long for the last couple of days, trying to find a reasonable price on Skechers Twinkle Toes for Audrey.  She saw a commercial on Saturday (which is pretty much the only time she sees TV that has commercials), and started squealing over the shoes.  On Sunday, there was an ad for a local shoe store that is selling the shoes.  I showed it to Audrey.  She kept the ad, and is now sleeping with it.  Sleeping with it.

However, those shoes are stinkin’ 40 bucks!  Or, maybe $35, depending on where you purchase them.  I just can’t spend that.  I searched in vain for a better deal — Craigslist, eBay, every website and shopwiki imaginable.  I just could not find a pair for less than $35, shipping included, in Audrey’s size.

Plus… the reviews I read for these shoes were spotty, at best.

Aargh.  My daughter’s in love with expensive shoes that fall apart!

Then — and I dearly hope I’ve done the right thing — I found a similar pair of shoes that got much better reviews, and was $25.  $25 is still more than I think I’ve ever paid for a pair of kids’ shoes.  I think she will adore them;  I don’t know if she will think they are Twinkle Toes or not… or if the sequins that are on these shoes will be enough special sparkle.

Audrey is not bratty and demanding; normally I know she would ADORE the shoes I’ve purchased.  But, I really do want to give my kids things for Christmas that they want.  (This is the only thing we’re purchasing for Audrey.  I got a lovely white wood doll crib and high chair off of Freecycle that needs some minor refurbishing.  That, and the shoes, will be her Christmas presents.)

Although my website has forever been totally non-commercial, I decided to go ahead and post a coupon to a site where I finally found the BEST deal.  They currently have a coupon code “SHOP” that will get you 20% off, plus free shipping.  They also have free return shipping, in case the shoes don’t work out.  And, in interests of full disclosure, if five people click on this and use it, I will get a $100 giftcard, which would be nice.  🙂

Save on shoes, accessories, handbags and apparel at Shoebuy.com. We’ve got something for everyone and for a limited time, you can save $10 on that special something. Valid on purchase of $50 or more.

About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on December 16, 2009, in Budget, Christmas, Shoes, Shopping. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Shoes, marvelous shoes, this child loves shoes!!!! I remember she had her heart set on another pair that you mentioned on your blog. In the world of boys, where 1 or two sturdy pair will do, along comes your girls who love the bling. Enjoy, I hope she adores the sparkle!!!!

    • Yes, Lisa, it’s true. Ever since she was barely more than a year old, she has been obsessed. https://onlysometimesclever.wordpress.com/2007/06/28/shoe-obsession-it-starts-young/ And, she is not just the first girlie-girl in our immediate family, she’s the first, on both sides, in a good three generations, mother, grandmothers, great-grandmothers. (With the possible exception of Martin’s mother’s mother, who is still living, and who is fairly girlie/feminine. My Mom told me about her mother’s mother, whom I never met, who kept a playroom for the grandkids with an old steamer trunk with dress-up clothes — in which my mom wasn’t interested — but it got her thinking about her Grandma Chase, and about how she was likely “girlie”… but other than that, there has been a serious generational drought of femininity. My Mom has said that watching Audrey has helped her understand and appreciate “ultrafeminine” women — for whom she previously had little patience — quite a lot better.)

      And, yes, for the boys, they get one pair of sturdy tennies, and one pair of sturdy (leather) sandals each year. That’s it. And, it does well for them — they’re totally satisfied! Audrey currently “only” has two pairs of shoes — a pair of white leather tennies with a bit of silver sparkle on them, and a pair of brown Mary Janes.

  2. Karen, it may be possible for you to purchase some little glittery dots at JoAnn’s or other craft store and sew/glue them on – or maybe some that come with all ready to press on? Just a thought. Bless the little girly darling.

  3. In my opinion, the second pair of shoes is waaaaaay cuter. I hope Audrey agrees. 🙂

    • Also, I don’t know WHAT I will do if Ilona ends up being a girly-girl. Like you, I have a serious, serious defecit of girly-girls in my family, which is saying a lot, since I have 5 sisters, haha… So far, at 14 months, the only sign she has shown of girly-ness is liking to have pretty hairpins put in her hair.

  4. The second pair is cuter, and look easier for a kid to put on (no laces). Just my opinion, which doesn’t mean much, since I have three boys and no girlie-girl stuff here AT ALL. I wouldn’t know what to do with a girl, I swear!

  5. My 9yo has a pair of Twinkle Toes that she just had to have with her birthday money. Considering that she wears them all the time, they have held up fairly well. They are starting to come apart on the side and a few of the jewels have come off. Her’s don’t tie either. They just slip on. (her birthday was in may).

    I had terrible luck with an extremely expensive pair of Pumas that was a birthday gift. They smelled so bad after a few times of wearing them that I wasn’t allowed to keep them in the house. And the sole came off of the shoe in the front. I have had other pairs that have lasted for years (mostly Nike though).

    I think that sometimes it is just the luck of the draw with shoes.

    Also I finally saw Axe commercial and we will NOT be buying anymore. They also are promoting some pretty horrible movies, in my opinion.

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