Angry Kid has been consistent with growth spurts throughout his life. He met all the milestones. Last year, we bought him three new pairs of shoes for Kindergarten. He wore those shoes the entire year.
Of course, we went to the Nordstrom sale in July this year to purchase Angry Kid shoes for school. We had him measured and it said that he was a size 12. We ended up getting him three pairs of size 13 shoes, with a ton of growing room. Like so much growing room, that I was going to put thicker socks on him.
Last Wednesday night, I tried on his shoes. They fit fine with that extra thumb or so of space in the toes. He wore his new schools on Thursday. On Friday, he wore them again. He complained that they were a little tight that day. He ended up wearing Crocs all weekend. This kid is not used to wearing socks and tennis shoes. Yesterday morning, we got him ready for school as usual. He said that his shoes were WAY TOO TIGHT and they hurt the backs of his ankles. Angry Husband checked the shoes and Angry Kid’s toes were shoved up against the front. He then tried the other two pairs of shoes that I had bought. ALL of the shoes were way too tight. Angry Husband loosened the pair that Angry Kid had worn already and told him to not make them tight. I knew that we would have to make a trip to Nordstrom after school.
I ended up taking all three pairs of shoes back to Nordstrom. I know that they have excellent customer service and would understand. I told the salesgirl that my son has had a growth spurt in the past few days and that none of the shoes fit him. This is another reason I shop at Nordstrom; I love their return policy. She measured his foot and it was measuring way over a 13.5. She then brought out some shoes in a size 1 and 1.5. Well the 1’s did not fit at all, and the 1.5s made his feet like stuffed sausages. We moved him up all the way to a size 2. In running shoes, he is also a wide. He hasn’t worn a wide since he was about three years old.
We ended up getting the New Balance running shoes pictured above, and a pair of skateboard shoes. Angry Kid chose the New Balance shoes to wear to school today. The kid who usually whines the entire way while walking to school, well he RAN today. Apparently, if you are wearing running shoes, you MUST run. He ran so fast that I lost him. He was like Forrest Gump. I was that mom at school screaming for my kid. He had run onto a playground with some of the older kids, go figure.
At soccer practice yesterday, Angry Kid wasn’t paying attention. His coach made him run some laps. He told us last night that he didn’t mind the laps, and that he wanted to run some more. Only my kid.
So today, I started looking online for some local kid’s races in the next few months. He had a great time doing the Kid’s Surf City Run in July. I signed him up for a Holiday Race in December. Who knows, maybe he will be a track star or something. At least someone has some speed in this house.
And yes, my kid jumped TWO WHOLE sizes in shoes. Seriously. He has been acting weird lately, and he eating is OUT OF CONTROL. I can’t imagine having multiple boys in the house. The food bills must make people broke.