I am sadly putting to rest my daughter’s outgrown squeaky shoes. Ironically, I say sadly since when the shoes were purchased I wondered how quickly I would be working to remove the squeaky device. They were bought in haste back in the fall when I unintentionally brought her out without shoes, well maybe that’s not entirely true… I think it was more related to not having shoes that matched her outfit – yes I am that kind of mom sometimes.
Where we shopped I imagined there would be a wide selection of children’s shoes and I was mistaken to find only one brand available. A local Kansas City baby’s shoe company, Pickle Shoes, had a booth set up at this shopping convention. At first notice I found shoes immediately that I loved for my tot, colorful leather with Velcro, some with flowers or birds. My excitement was diminished when I came to understand ALL of company’s shoes contained a noise making air bubble in the heals of the shoes, similar to a dog toy. Therefore with each step a toddler takes a squeak follows. “How annoying,” I thought as I started to put a pair back on the shelf. The salesman, noticing my disappointment, showed me the plug on the side and reported the noise is optional. My mom ended up buying two pairs that day, these were the most often worn, most frequently commented on and most favorite shoes in her collection to date. The best part is, the plugs were never removed and the squeaks I assumed would be annoyance were much appreciated.
With her squeaky shoes on she draws an even bigger audience of adoration in public and gives even the most gloomy passerby a reason to smile. At home the shoes came in handy as she became more adventurous wanting to leave my line of sight. With the shoes to indicate her location I didn’t worry as much and when the noise stopped I was aware she must be into something and I needed to go check it out.
What would it be like if everyone’s shoes made more than a click of a high heel or screech of a tennis shoe. What if everyone’s shoes made noise to reflect their personality or the mood they were in that day. Buzzing to indicate someone obnoxious is coming, whistling tunes for feeling fun, a siren for someone who is cranky and a warning to move out of the way. Just a funny thought, what would you want the sound from your shoe to be?