I hate Walmart. And not just because it's an evil multinational corporation who won't fill birth control prescriptions and puts everyone else out of business, etc. etc. I just hate going there. I'm not a big box store person. I prefer small stores or, better yet, online stores that don't require that I get out of my chair and put on pants to shop. But a couple months ago, we had a toddler shoe crisis, in that we had no shoes for Edwin. Like, at all. He had shoes, but they were getting too small and he had nothing to wear in the mud, and nothing that didn't require socks and... I just freaked out and decided he needed a million pairs of shoes ASAP.
Edwin has small feet for his age; he's only a size 4 (actually more like 3.75) and many of the choices for size 4 are "pre-walkers" (whereas my boy is quite post-walking, thank you very much.) Soooo, after many frustrating trips to various shoe stores and finding NOTHING for him, we decided to hit Walmart. And OMG, I found the cutest $10 fisherman sandals for him. Behold:
The BHE calls them mandals. But whatever; Edwin is secure enough in his masculinity that he can totally pull off mandals. He loved them, they were easy to get on and off, they were totally synthetic so you could just hose them down after a muddy day. So of course, he took one off at a party last weekend and now it's gone. GONE. (It was a pretty wild party; it could be anywhere.) The hostess has not seen it, and she is a very neat and organized person and I'm sure she would notice a toddler mandal lying around.
And now I can't find them anywhere. Not Target, not Walmart (I even checked the website; they are "unavailable".) There are similar styles online but they're like $40. Seriously? I barely spend that much on shoes for myself. AND the ones I've seen online don't have the cute stitching. The stitching!
I'm really upset about this for some reason. Really, really, way too upset. Those mandals really pulled his outfits together. Now he's just another toddler in flip flops.