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Why I Don't Want To Buy My Preschooler Light-Up Sneakers

By Naomi Odes |

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“Mommy?” The Shnook held my hand as we left his preschool and walked to our car. “You know those shoes…with the lights on them?”

Oh boy. I didn’t even need him to continue. I knew he wanted them. It was kinda heartbreaking, just the way he brought it up.

“You like them?” I asked.


Herein lies one of those parenting moments. Do I just give in and get them for him?

I really really really really really do not want to do that.

“Why?” you ask.  “What’s the big deal? They’re just shoes.”

Yes, they are. But there’s a bigger picture here and I just…well…I just really don’t like them. That might sound selfish.
I’m aware that there are/will be lots of things my child will like that I won’t like (I’m glad I dodged one of them, at least for now) but with all the things I dislike about these shoes, would it be prudent for me to suck it up and just get them anyway?
Again, why the big deal, Naomi? I’ll tell you. Here are 6  reasons why I do not want to get my preschooler these (stupid) shoes.

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6 Reasons I Don't Like Light-Up Sneakers As Kid Shoes

They're ugly.

I don't care if these are Pumas. Rocketships? My apologies if you like them.
They're available at Zappos for $55.00

Again, you might think I’m lame, and I’m not saying that I’ve decided I will not buy them, just that I don’t really want to do so. Now if Grandma buys them…

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9 thoughts on “Why I Don't Want To Buy My Preschooler Light-Up Sneakers

  1. Christine Roosa (@biochemtine) says:

    That’s how I feel about heelies. My children will NEVER will heelies.

    I don’t mind the light up shoes too much. Audrey has a pair of light up sandals that she got from my mom for Christmas. She’s enthralled by them for a few minutes, then goes about her thing. They’re also not too ugly … they’re kinda cute. The lights are shaped like hearts.

    I know how you feel. We all have something like that.

  2. Dee Ann says:

    I think you need to lighten up a little on this one. They’re just shoes. About two hours after they get them, they forget about the lights. Until they’re in the dark. And then the shoes are really cool again. They’re not a distraction at school (I’m a teacher–you’ll have to trust me on this one). Kids like them. That’s it. They’re not always going to like them. Wanting something someone else has and getting it doesn’t turn you into a spoiled brat or rampant consumer–parents without boundaries create brats and insatiable consumerism.

    I think if your child doesn’t need a new pair of shoes, then saying no is fine, and you’re setting appropriate boundaries and teaching him that we buy what we need. But if you’re going to buy shoes anyway, there’s no harm in making them fun and something he likes. From my perspective as an educator, the littlest of children express themselves through their clothing, and we should let them. More important, give on the little battles that really don’t make a difference (like shoes), and you’ll have firmer ground to stand on when the big problems crop up. You’ll also have to trust me when I say your problems will get bigger.

    1. Naomi says:

      @Dee Ann- I definitely believe you, and yes, I will wait until he outgrows his current pair before we buy a new pair of shoes (we just bought a pair a couple of weeks ago).

      My only concern for distraction in the classroom (I was also a teacher) was for kids who have ASD or ADHD, who might be distracted by someone else’s shoes, or their own, but perhaps it really depends on the kid.

      @Christine- I agree with @Dee Ann re the heelies- but yeah no way we’re gonna have those either. Although, I swear I invented those in my head when I was 9 and walking home from school for a mile a day- I so wanted my shoes to turn into skates!!

      Thanks for reading and for your comments!

  3. Dee Ann says:

    P.S. Heelies are a different topic altogether–one that revolves around safety. I’m completely with the mother who won’t buy her children heelies. No way. Never happening in my house, either, and we don’t allow them at school.

  4. Andrea says:

    A well meaning relative bought my son a pair, and I swear to you, I check everyday to see if he’s outgrown them yet. I cringe every time he puts them on. I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate them. But I’ve decided that it would be more wasteful to buy a second less obnoxious pair, so I will wait on him to outgrow them. Please let that day come sooner than later. My eyelid is twitching just thinking about them.

    1. Naomi says:

      @Andrea- LOL!

      @Sarah- Yes, Shnook is also very particular about his clothes. He loves putting stripes and plaids together. and LOL about finding him in the dark!

      @Sherry- Oh my goodness, I would totally panic and think the cops were following me too.

  5. Sarah says:

    I just got S his first pair of light up shoes last week. He needed new shoes, so we went to Stride Rite. In the last 6 months he’s started to become much more opinionated about what he wears. I had a hard time with the ugly bright green tennies he chose last time around, but I feel good about letting him choose when I can so I bit my tongue (even when he chose a bright orange jacket to wear with them). Last time they hadn’t had light up ones in his size, but he’s been talking about being big enough for them ever since — how could I say no when we went to the shoe store? On the plus side he definitely chose the least awful ones they had (nowhere near as ugly as those rocketship ones), and now I can always find him in the dark!

  6. Sherry says:

    My MIL bought my toddler her first pair of light-up Skecher shoes, which I didn’t mind and thought they were kind of neat…until she grew out of them and was bought a second pair. Notice I said “grew out of them”, which means she is now taller. Well, she kicks the back of my husband’s seat while he is driving, not enough to bother him, but enough to make those shoes light up, and EVERY TIME I think we are being pulled over by a cop and my stomach flips. I also found another intense irritant about them 2 days ago, when I had a light-sensitive migraine and it was dark in the house…except for those shoes. I just told my toddler, “Honey, Mommy REALLY needs you to take off those shoes,” which she did with no complaining. Other than these two scenarios, they don’t bother me.

  7. Peggy Saint-Michel says:

    Wow! Please chill and allow a little creative self expression. I’m a grandmother who makes certain we spend lots of time at museums, cultural events, etc. My granddaughters wear very nice high end clothes which are in good taste, but I’m the one who pointed out the first pair of pink light up Sketchers and bought them. We all need a pop of color, a bit of whimsy and ways of self expression that aren’t extreme. Life is tough and will throw plenty of sorrow at each person before it’s done. Allow simple pleasures! I’m also an educator. Believe me the light up shoes aren’t the problems we face in our classrooms. The students tune them out.Its the emotional outbursts from sad neglected children that interrupt learning. Its obvious your child isn’t one of those sad neglected children, but why make life so severe and lacking in laughter? Whimsy is underrated.

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