**For the record, this blog post is Husband Pre-Read and Approved, and is only meant in fun.**

I am, in general, not that hard to please, but there are certain items that I have very particular taste about.

  1. Bedspreads. I hardly EVER see one I like, so much so that I am surprised when I do. (And YES, for those of you who noticed the fact that my bed was unmade a couple of posts ago (ahem, Lianne) – just because I don’t MAKE my bed doesn’t mean that a nice comforter isn’t important to me.)
  2. Jeans. (Obviously.)
  3. And, shoes. Mine AND Ali’s. ESPECIALLY sneakers.

You see, sneakers are annoyingly bulky and inappropriately bold, in my humble opinion. In fact, I’ve bemoaned this before. So if I’m going to buy sneakers, they need to be understated, calm, and not make-my-thighs-look-huge bulky.

(Yes, that’s right. Shoes CAN make your thighs look big.)

And yes, these rules apply to me AND Ali.

Only problem is, Chris gets these “ideas” about Ali’s shoes.

He’ll see a pair of shoes, and decide that she NEEDS them. And, of course, they are always ones that I would NEVER buy her.

But, like our “Love and Respect” bible study is always saying (which is basically the Christian-ey version of “Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus”), “It’s not wrong, it’s just different.”

It’s not wrong. It’s just different.
It’s not wrong. It’s just different
It’s not wrong. It’s just different.
It’s not wrong. It’s just different.
It’s not wrong. It’s just different..

The last time this “difference” happened, it was at the Carter’s Outlet Store. He had been eyeing a pair of light-up, bright pink sneakers with flowers on them. I had clearly stated that I would never in a million years purchase that pair of shoes by telling him, “They’re okay….”.

He waited until I had to visit the Ladies Room. At the outlet center, you have to walk at least 10 storefronts away to the public restroom. When I returned, he had a guilty look on his face and a Carter’s bag in his hands.

And so, she got her first pair of light-up sneakers.

Obviously, that’s been a while back. So, of course, it was time for a sequel.

And what better opportunity than while Mommy is gone to Blogher?

Ali and Chris took a trip to Target. And, apparently, he had noticed the fact that we don’t have any sneakers that she currently fits into (too bad that those light-up ones got too small. . . I cried and cried. . . )

So they went and looked at sneakers. He later described to me the pair that he picked out for her, and they could not have HAD any more red flags of “I would totally hate them.” They sounded a million times worse than the light-up sneakers ever were (which, I have to admit, grew on me a bit over time.)

After the fact, I found them on Target’s website so that you could get a proper visual image. And the picture alone made me want to go dig out and kiss the former light-up sneakers:

Yes. Sparkles. AND hearts. AND butterflies. AND metallic. It was my nightmare pair of sneakers.

(If you’re thinking to yourself right now, “My, she’s picky”, just remember – this is one of MY quirky picky categories. You know you have them too. They may not be shoes, but you have them.)

So. He had painstakingly figured out what her current shoe size was, and found a pair that was the next size up.

(I guess he didn’t like how quickly I was able to “outgrow her” from her light-up pair.)

He tried them on her. And she mercifully matured in that very moment and did something she’s never done before:

She shook her head, and matter-of-factly said, “I don’t like them.”

And so, he didn’t buy them.

When he relayed their full shoe shopping experience to me, I felt an overwhelming rush of pride in, AND gratitude to Ali.

And, I promised Chris that I would buy her a pair of Mommy-Approved sneakers, as long as he promised to IMMEDIATELY cease and desist ALL shoe shopping.

17 thoughts on “A Matter of Taste.

  1. I totally get this! Why do they all have to be all BUSY? Too colorful and too many characters and blech! Even for the boys. Blech…

    yeah, I'm with ya :)

  2. I love this post. It's nice that he tried to do what he thought was a good deed, but as our bible study clearly states, "It's not wrong, just different.". It's funny you asked him to stop buying her shoes. :) :)

  3. Here we go again, but, it's me which can be considered wierd. I like those shoes, they are so cute, but if Ali doesn't that is all that matters. Just different tastes.

  4. Aww I kinda liked the ones with the butterflies. I don't like flashy bright shoes either but those I probably would have been compelled to buy. THe light up ones not so much. But bravo for Ali for stating her own opinion.

  5. I actually liked both of them, too!

    I applaud Chris for trying. I'm pretty sure my hubby has never purchased a single item of clothing or a shoe for our kids. Yay, Chris! You can buy shoes for my kids anytime!

  6. I want to know why all the older boy shoes are all black or have grafitti all over them. I can never find normal looking sneakers for my son.

    oh and i have found that merrell has the lightest, least bulky sneakers of any brand. and they last forever and are so comfortable!

  7. Yep, they are atrocious. A little too frou-frou for my taste. At least he takes an interest! My husband will not touch kids clothes with a stick and we have a BOY! I can't imagine what he would do with girl stuff.

  8. I am with you. I am so quirky about shoes I hardly have any. Mark has had to come to the rescue for my boys when they want "different from my tastes" shoes!

  9. Oh my goodness. You are hilarious!

    I love Ali's reaction. What a proud mommy moment. And that's too funny it all happened while you were away :)

    I couldn't agree more on some sneakers making thighs look bulky. I may have the same pickiness with sneakers.

  10. I solemnly swear that Jackson will never wear light up shoes, at least until he's old enough to insist on it!

  11. Now, I like those pink shoes but the Target heart, glitter, butterfly, metallic shoes are a bit much. Ali seems to have good taste. Good job, mom!!

  12. Don't feel bad about the unmade bed, I never make mine unless we have company coming over!
    I'm not a fan of flashy, light up sneakers either, but those pink ones don't look that bad. However, the purple metallic ones are pretty bad, glad that Ali kicked them to the curb!

  13. Hahaha, that's great. I'm really picky about shoes too. I have to shop several times before committing to a pair for either Kariya or I. :)

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