My toddler received a pair of sandals as a gift. In the box, they were cute. Out the box, they were sophisticated. On her feet, they looked a little, well, um, they looked a little sexy. Not totally provocative, but just a little saucier than expected. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate the gift. Mama didn’t raise no ingrate. But it did get me to thinking.
Why are little girls wearing naughty shoes?
Naughty is naturally subjective. What I find naughty, you may consider tame and vice versa. I’m talking about super chunky soles, six-inch heels, and mid-thigh boots.
Teens and tweens are rocking these styles. If an adult woman wants to wear come-hither heels, that is her prerogative. But what is the purpose of our young girls looking like they are 30 seconds from the pole? And I’m not talking about the North Pole.
If it’s to be taller, that can be accomplished with a basic pump. If it’s to feel attractive, let’s get to work on the inside. If it’s to be stylish, the world abounds with fabulous, age-appropriate gear. In fact, with so many affordably-priced retailers clamoring for their cash, girls today have a much easier road to fashion goddess than previous generations.
I rarely wear heels higher than three inches. I love my ballerina flats. This is not a fashion or style debate, but rather a conversation about letting our little girls be little girls. Sex-kitten shoes and bikini waxing and boyfriends and virgin margaritas (just wait for the real thing little girl) will all be there when it’s time.
My daughter loves her new sandals. I love her plain, clumsy-looking tennis shoes. This is just another matter we have to figure out as we go.
At what age would you let your daughter wear “naughty” shoes? What makes a shoe sexy? Has your child ever received a gift that you didn’t quite know how to handle?