My child was supposed to learn to tie his shoelaces in first grade, a milestone that never happened. But aside from shoelaces, there’s an even more pressing problem in our house regarding shoes. I’m talking about finding the best kids’ shoe. Well folks, I’ve finally found it: the Nike Flex Kids’ Sneaker. My kid is obsessed with the swoosh so these kids Nike shoes tick all the boxes.
It’s one of those great ironies in life that I’m obsessed with fancy shoes, but that same problem has become my son’s cross to wear. The shoes are either too tight or too loose. They are too narrow or too wide. There are annoying tags. And more boring tags. My God, those fucking labels.
Then we take care of the velcro that does not hold in place. The pebbles that no human eye can actually detect, but only appear embedded in my son’s sneakers. The invisible blisters that pop up again and again that only he can spot. And of course the eternal, overwhelming reality that a shoe that fits perfectly in a store will, of course, once worn, be horribly unbearable the second it hits the pavement. Then, of course, it is impossible to return it.
After endless shoe outings, I finally decided to lay down my arms and let my kid pick out a pair. The criteria were simple: no laces, no velcro, no weird patterns or tags, no tight openings that would get in the way of easy putting on and taking off of said shoes.
We came across the Nike Flex Kids’ Sneaker. It’s a slip-on style, which means none of the above issues ever became a problem. They come in incredibly cool prints. They are super easy to put on and take off. Kids can wear them with or without socks, which means (drum roll please) no more crinkly sock moments, ever. They’re made of a breathable mesh upper with a synthetic overlay, so there’s no chafing that leads to the aforementioned blisters that are invisible to the naked eye.
This shoe fits. And heck yes, he wears it.
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