My careful shoe surplus had a critical gap, with no Velcro straps in a 1 or 2. We've stockpiled gently-worn shoes like they're going out of style. They are: only Stride Rite and Merrell still sell Andrew's wide width. I'm not willing to invest $45 in shoes that won't last through fall. I can usually find great shoes for less than $5.
Which would be more frustrating--a trip to the mega-mall, or teaching Andrew how to tie the only pair of shoes in his size? We opted for the latter. He had to learn sometime. Right?
Mom Alert: where do you find hard-to-fit kids shoes at reasonable prices? I'd love to know your secrets!