In my opinion, the words toddler and fashion don’t mix.
Clothes should be comfortable and functional (not to mention washable).
And the same goes for shoes.
As the mum of two sons, who took off at 100 miles an hour once they found their feet, durability has always mattered much more to me than style.
My only nod to fashion was to avoid blue whenever I could.
Ever since the boys were born, friends and family have sent us blue stuff â€“ for Christmas, birthdays, Easter, whatever.
At times, our house resembled an explosion in a Smurf factory.
So I prefer bright, vibrant colours – reds, greens, yellows, oranges, purples.
That’s why I love Vans Atwoods by BANK Fashion.
They’re Chilli Pepper red, with velcro fastening (what toddler can deal with laces?) and have a sturdy enough sole to deal with climbing trees, exploring beaches and jumping in muddy ditches.
And because they have canvas uppers, they’ll easily pop in the washing machine, if (or should I say when?) they get a bit grubby.
I’m told they’re also fashionable – which I suppose is a bonus.
Brodie and Blake were vigorous testers of shoes in the toddler years.
Now my friends are dealing with baby boys, my main advice is never to comprimise.
Fashionable footwear is fine but it’s got to pass the toddler test.