For as much as my daughter is a rough and tumble little bruiser (always the one coming home from school with dirt on her knees, matted hair and boo boos galore), she is most certainly a girly girl. The prospect of soccer was made significantly more acceptable when she got her hands on the pink tie dye shinguard socks, and before she tackles the boys in her class during a game of duck duck goose she makes sure to tell them not to tear her purple tulle tutu.
If Alexa could wear plastic princess heels every day, she probably would. But since I don't let her sport them outside the confines of her playroom (c'mon people, I have to keep up some semblance of street cred!) and her busy preschool life requires lots of running around, it was time to get a real pair of sneakers.
Enter PLAE Shoes. For my budding fashion stylist, the option to customize her kicks with the interchangeable velcro tabs made putting her sneakers on pretty much the most exciting part of her morning. I love that she can put them on herself (yay for the pull tabs on the back heel) and that they have just the right amount of traction on the soles to keep her from flying across the slippery school floor.
The more I get familiar with the "I want to choose MYSELF!" mentality of this age, the more appreciation I have for sneaky ways that I can let Alexa think she is the one making the decisions when in reality, I am the one getting MY way. In daily battle of getting dressed for school, letting her pick the velcro tabs on the sneakers I have already decided she is going to wear is a tiny victory for the both of us.
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