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terryd16
2012-10-14, 09:14
which materials are best to buy kids shoes made of? I have noticed leather tends to be rather tough and stiff thus causing blisters on feet and I would like to avoid this from happening to my kids as it used to happen to me when I was a child and the blisters took a week or so of agonizing pain before healing.

SGT Rock
2012-10-14, 10:41
Mesh shoes flex better and dry more quickly. Avoid goretex.

Cuffs
2012-10-14, 11:06
Toss the spam...

Tin Man
2012-10-14, 11:20
Why would anyone consider making shoes out of spam?

kayak karl
2012-10-14, 11:45
Why would anyone consider making shoes out of spam?
Spam NO, Bacon YES

4390

Hog On Ice
2012-10-14, 11:54
so has anyone tried the bacon flavored liqueurs yet?

SGT Rock
2012-10-14, 12:06
No. I like bourbon with my bacon.

john pickett
2012-10-15, 11:28
"I like bourbon with my bacon"
Tried that once, couldn't stand to pull on my pack later.

Hog On Ice
2012-10-15, 11:46
probably had a problem standing for any other reason too

Jim Henderson
2012-10-15, 13:53
Kids grow so fast that durability as with leather is not a prime consideration. For kids, cost, comfort and foot support are what matters.

With our two boys now in late teens early 20s, we found a good medium price athletic shoe was good. They would last 6 months to maybe a year depending on how destructive the boy was at the time.

Mesh type allow for good aeration and if properly made, they offer the support your kid will need. The Fake suede and naugahide type shoes are more durable but can be hotter or make kids feet sweaty, but work for most people.

Check inside the shoe for good and durable padding. Many shoes have cheap padding or you can feel rough seams inside that will torture the feet.

Stay away from the bargain basement shoes, usually they are poorly built and offer poor support and weigh a lot more than a well made shoe since they use cheap heavy plastic solid soles instead of a well designed sole with either air spaces, bubbles or some high tech plastic.

What we found to be good sources for shoes are name brand shoes sold at sale prices at places such as Big 5 Sporting Goods, GI Joes in the NW, Foot Locker and especially look for factory outlets. You want to buy "last years" brand name shoes at clearance prices. No need to buy a $200 pair of Nikes for your 7 year old. It is just a fashion statement even if it is a decent shoe. You can buy a good pair of shoes with no player endorsement that is just as good as the Air Big name guy shoe, for waaaay less money.

We have a New Balance shoe store near us with excellent prices and good shoes. Nike has outlets and of course there are outlet malls.

The key thing to remember with kids is that they outgrow and will go thru shoes so fast, that it almost doesn't matter what you buy since you will be tossing them out soon anyway. Buy economical but well made shoes. Only the hard core fashion conscious will care what name is on the shoe, and then you have bigger problems than I can help you with.

One other tip... with older kids, shoes can last longer and may be worth paying for a slightly better model. We usually make sure our boys have 2 or 3 shoes that they can rotate with one reserved for "rough duty" and the other for normal less damaging wear. We don't wear shoes in the house but I suppose you might reserve a "in the house" shoe too. Disciplining the kids to actually do rotations is another question.


Whatever you do, don't fall for the argument that they "MUST have such and such brand/type shoe since it is required..." without clear proof this is true. I have bought more than a couple $100 $200 shoes for one boy that were worn once or twice and then given to charity.

Good Luck,

Jim Henderson

D'Artagnan
2012-10-15, 13:55
I would say kittens or maybe bunny rabbits.

MonkeyBoy
2012-10-15, 15:35
Baby harp seal

MonkeyBoy
2012-10-15, 15:36
With spotted owl down sewn into the uppers....

MonkeyBoy
2012-10-15, 15:36
And manatee insoles...

Cuffs
2012-10-15, 16:06
Now dammit. Why'd ya have ta bring in the manatee? I was ok with everything up til that.

Hog On Ice
2012-10-15, 17:19
and the image of Cuffs ahhh hugging a manatee immediately pops into mind

SGT Rock
2012-10-15, 17:41
Maybe we can invent synthetic manatee skin.

Skidsteer
2012-10-15, 17:53
Or just use live manatees.

Nobody will bitch about blisters then....

john pickett
2012-10-15, 19:11
Cuffs will, just not about blisters.

MonkeyBoy
2012-10-15, 23:32
I love manatees.



They taste like chicken.

sheepdog
2012-10-16, 06:21
Who was the comedian that did the manatee bit?

Hog On Ice
2012-10-16, 08:50
Jim Gaffigan?

SGT Rock
2012-10-16, 12:21
I love manatees.



They taste like chicken.
Funny, I thought they tasted more like pork. Maybe it was how it was cooked.

MonkeyBoy
2012-10-16, 13:35
Funny, I thought they tasted more like pork. Maybe it was how it was cooked.

Depends on whether its white meat or dark meat.

MonkeyBoy
2012-10-16, 13:35
And the texture depends on whether you cut them with the grain, or against it.

Lugnut
2012-10-16, 13:48
Manatees have meat? I thought they were all fat.

MonkeyBoy
2012-10-16, 13:49
It's all the fat that makes the meat nice and juicy.

Lugnut
2012-10-16, 13:50
Oh, okay. Ultra marbled.

SGT Rock
2012-10-16, 13:50
You have heard Tuna is the Chicken of the sea?

Well Manatee is the bacon of the sea. Mmmmm

cool breeze
2012-10-16, 13:58
Tastes like beef. Iv'e had it. Didnt know it at the time. That's why they call them sea cows.