Although not yet walking unaided, he spends a lot of the day up on his feet, cruising around furniture or walking with me hand in hand. I decided last Wednesday to take him on a little trip to Clarks to get his feet measured for his first pair of proper shoes. He wasn't overly keen on having his feet measured but I thought to myself how grown up he seemed. He was totally in his element looking at all the little shoes and crawling around the empty shop as if he owned the place. I felt choked up with pride as the kind lady in the shop gently placed his new shoes on his little feet and he proudly stood up, still holding on to the seat for support. Then, hand in hand we went for his first little wander around the shop in his new shoes.
I'm so glad I went to Clarks because the service in there was phenomenal and I was quite overwhelmed at the thought that goes into making getting your child's first shoes a special moment. She took a photo of him wearing his new shoes, he got a lovely little shoe box which said 'The only pair of shoes I'll keep forever' and a little keepsake book. It made our little trip together that little bit extra special and very memorable.
Getting a first pair of shoes is an important step in life. It's a rite of passage and one of those things most of us will do. Much like other things you do in your life such as learning to walk, riding a bike or going for your first day at school. And although Little One isn't yet walking, going to buy his first shoes was a stark reminder that walking is just around the corner and then he really will be a toddler. And while I am excited to see him walk unaided in his new shoes, I am also cherishing these final few weeks or months of him being a baby, carefully tottering around holding mummy's hand.