This past weekend, as I surveyed the 3 pairs of shoes we have to fit over Lily’s AFOs, I felt discouraged. On the plus side, we have 3 pairs of shoes that fit! On the down side, two pairs look REALLY worn. I can literally look through the sole as a window to her AFOs. The third… well, they just seems to make walking more challenging for her. I’ve Shoe Goo-ed the worn through pairs a few times to extend their life. However, I just can’t face doing it again. It’s time. They need to go.
On Monday she wore the lesser of three evils. On Tuesday, she wore them again and I was determined to get her some new shoes that night. The problem: Shopping for shoes to fit over AFOs is dreadfully long. We try on what feels like hundreds of shoes to figure out which ones fit the best. Throw in a tired and cranky 3 year old who has already had a long day… Uugh.
However, on Tuesday afternoon the skies parted, the sun’s rays sparkled across my face, and I got the best series of texts from my husband. Ever.
Husband: “Hey, I’m finished with Jury duty – want me to get Lily?”
Me: “Yes, that would be awesome. Any chance you’re up for taking her shoe shopping?”
Husband: “Never done that before…”
<lots of back and forth with me texting him about how to shop for shoes with her at target, what to watch for, have her walk in them, etc.>
Husband: “Hey, didn’t Nordstrom start carrying that brand that is supposed to be good for AFOs… Plae?”
Me: <blinking> “Do they?”
Husband: “Yeah, I’m pretty sure.”
He took her there. They have very limited selection in her size, but after trying 1 style of shoe in 2 different size and choosing which velcro strap style she wanted, they were done. Isn’t that magical?
I still can’t believe it. They cost $60 but seem much more durable than the pairs we’ve been getting for $20 a pop. And… we can order extra velcro straps for $5 in different designs online to change things up every once in a while. She even walks better in them!
Done and done. Most important … she loves them. They say “POW!” because they give her power. So. Awesome.