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Old 05-21-2010, 10:45 PM   #81
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Re: Do you let your kids wear hand-me-down shoes?

The only "used" clothing my son wears is from his birth brother (I usually call him his brother but I confuse people that way). A few others sometimes but rarely - I will not buy used as I can get new almost as cheap. I'd take shoes depending on the situation - I have shoes from my son he barely wore and look brand new but you can't tell online so ick and no.


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Old 05-21-2010, 11:28 PM   #82
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Re: Do you let your kids wear hand-me-down shoes?

of course I do. As long as the shoes are in good condition why not? All the shoes I have are used and I bought them in great condition and saved a ton of money buying used.
I always "feel" for the soft cushioned in sole and never get the flat hard kind.
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:40 PM   #83
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Yup! We have a lot of second-hand stuff here. No issues at all with them.
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:00 AM   #84
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Re: Do you let your kids wear hand-me-down shoes?

only if they havent been wore down too much like early walkers. After they have been walking for a while then no.
I try to stay away from used shoes unless I know that the insole isnt worn and that the bottom sole has been worn evenly.

DD walks on the outsides of her feet and has a super narrow heel just like I do, so she wears her shoes down differently than other kids. If one kid has wider feet than her, their shoes are going to be stretch out too much for her and the shoes arent going to fit properly. I cant wear used shoes like tennis shoes or boots that will be worn alot. Dress shoes it doesnt seem to matter since they arent worn a whole lot.
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Old 05-22-2010, 01:21 AM   #85
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Re: Do you let your kids wear hand-me-down shoes?

Originally Posted by Smidgerooski View Post
DD has been walking for 4 months now and about a month ago I bought her, her first pair of 'real' shoes...SKRs. She needed something for outside that wasn't going to soak her feet. I really like them and I'm planning to buy 2-3 more pair for the summer. Anyways, I told my mom about them and she started sending me links of ones on Ebay, but they were used. I emailed her back and told her I didn't want dd wearing pre-worn shoes. My reasoning is that I would never want to wear pre-worn shoes and I certainly don't want dd to wear them while her feet are developing.

So, the other day my mom bought dd an easter dress and a pair of used SKRs on ebay. The SKRs are really used and all I want to do is throw them away. I will be donating them tho

So, do you let your kids that are walking wear hand-me-down/pre-worn shoes?

I do not buy used shoes. My dh and I both have high arches and we recall foot pain as kids so our girls will always get new shoes. Now, if shoes are not too worn, I will save the older sister's shoes for the younger to wear but younger will also get new. Since my concern is the footbed getting developed in the shoe by the first wearer, I don't want my girls to wear shoes that other kids have formed. But, my oldest and youngest likely have similar enough feet that sharing a few shoes is no biggie.

Also, I broke my rule a while back and bought some used glitter mary janes, the Target ones, at a CS. I bought them just for dressup for my youngest. They gave her a foot fungus! And yes I am positive it was those shoes because they were the only ones she was wearing without socks. As soon as we threw them away and used antifungal for a day or two, it was gone and never came back. Yuck!
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