For me, one of the true pleasures of having kids is dressing them. Aside from the snuggles, the constant stream of creative artwork and gaining a whole new perspective on the world, shopping for - and dressing - my kids has brought me much joy. But as they get older and develop their own personalities, I try to dress them as they like to be dressed and help them develop a personal style expression all their own.
Take shoes. Shoes are a wonderful example of where people can express who they really are. Don't you have some in your closet that make you feel, well, more you? I have a new pair of snakeskin pumps that make me feel like I can conquer the world! Kids deserve the same type of gratification from their footwear, don't they? After all, each day is full of sharing and other hard stuff. Can't they at least have fun with what they wear?
Is your daughter a budding fashionista? These Cameron Sky's from See Kai Run ($38) are right on trend with their buttery soft teal green leather and handcrafted yellow flowers. Her feet will appreciate the flexible rubber sole when she's on the runway, er, playground with friends.
Is your daughter a girly girl? Let her express herself with the Sofia ($40), in a trendy tone of pink. A generous toe box gives lots of wiggle room and white accents add a nice touch. A chic take on a classic!
If your son is the strong, silent type he might appreciate the quiet elegance of the Ocean closed-toe sandal ($38). Both practical and fashionable, these olive-green and navy sandals speak louder than words.
The Spencer ($40) offers a fresh take with its bold navy and white styling. Make with breathable soles and lining, can't you just picture these with a seersucker suit for Easter?
We're giving one winner the chance to help their child express his or her personality with a pair of shoes from See Kai Run. To enter, leave us a comment and tell us what your child's personality is and what style shoe you think suits them. Don't forget your email address. Deadline is Midnight, EST March 28, 2009.