The case of Pinky Flipperfoot

By Mir
March 27, 2008

My daughter is turning ten in a few weeks, and I don’t know if you know this about prepubescent children, but their feet, good lord, their feet want to get a jump on that whole growth spurt thing.

This is annoying in any event, because suddenly the kid needs new shoes more often than she needs new underwear, but it is particularly annoying for a young girl because the difference in shoe styles between kids and juniors is, shall we say, extreme. As soon as she passed the size 4 mark, it seemed that retailers wanted me to either pay twice as much or buy her hooker gear. And you know how I feel about either of those options.

My little girl still wants pink sandals. Pink sandals she can run and jump and play in. Which is why I still pink puffy heart LL Bean, and why I was ecstatic this morning to find that their pink cool wave sandals are on sale for just $6.95 in sizes 3-6. Use coupon code 3001059 for free shipping, too.

Pinky Flipperfoot is going to be thrilled.


  1. Sold!!! My daughter will love these, thanks.

  2. Thanks! I really enjoy your site.

  3. Cute! I love LL Beans Thursday markdowns.

  4. darn…I wish my daughter’s feet were bigger, lol!

  5. Your soon to be 10 year old daughter still fits in shoe sizes between a 3 and a 6? My turning 10 in 4 weeks daughter wears a ladies size 8! I completely agree with you on finding appropriate shoes for them, especially dress shoes. It is impossible! Everything has heels that she couldn’t possibly walk in. She has taken to avoiding wearing dresses, because she doesn’t have shoes that work, and she loves to wear “twirly dresses.”

  6. The Thursday mark-down today is a pair of great casual pants for women – for $15! They sit below the waist and have a straight leg. Isn’t that what Stacy and Clinton would recommend?

  7. Mama Bear, you’re not the only one with a soon to be 10 year old with big feet! My daughter will be 10 in June and already wears an 8, too. The only dress shoes my daughter will wear are flats/ballerina type shoes.

  8. Thank you! That’s a great deal, and those are darn cute shoes. One of my girls will love that they’re pink, and the other one will wonder why they only had pink. But so cute!

  9. My daughter has feet like my mom: long and narrow. She’s 10 1/2 and in woman’s size 6. But I hear ya on the hooker or expensive dilemma. We solved it with boy sandals (she’s not a pink kinda girl at ALL) and Tevas or Keens. Expensive, but at least they don’t have heels!

  10. Glad to know I’m not the only one with a ten year old with big feet. I just bought her women’s size 8 shoes yesterday…her feet are going to be bigger than mine by Christmas. It was so much easier back in the day when she just wore those white Stride Rite shoes all the time.

  11. THANK you!

    My dd just turned 8, and I haven’t been able to find any shoes for her for some time.

    Incidentally, this is the second pair of shoes I’ll have gotten through your site–the others also pink, my Crocs. Love ’em!

  12. You are so funny, Mir! You make me laugh! 🙂 I do love to shop, but most days I just check your site for a good laugh! Thanks!

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