Kids and Shoes…A Never-Ending Saga!

A kid’s foot grows a full shoe size nearly every 6 months… which is kind of ridiculous because it means they barely put on a pair of shoes before they’ve outgrown them! As they grow, most kids also partake in a multitude of activities: soccer, t-ball, ballet, basketball, etc… meaning they continually need new shoes for each sport, season, size and so on. Let’s not even talk about the fact that it’s in most children’s natures to whirl though everything in their path: Grandma’s antique heirloom vase, hamsters, goldfish, Dad’s glasses and the latest fads and fashions; at times they really are just one step up from puppies. As a result, their footwear needs change in an instant; something fashionable one day, is freakish the next.

Because of these truths, it’s safe to say that a kid goes through shoes like Lindsay Lohan goes through court dates. Basically, this means that around at least once a month their bedraggled mothers and bewildered fathers are stuck dragging Little Susie and Baby Billy to the shoe store, putting up with their wiggling, patiently dealing with kicks to the shins during fittings, to pick out new shoes AGAIN, and footing the ever growing bill (pun most definitely intended).

Raising a child has always been expensive; and the cost of raising a child TODAY is frightening. According to the National Retail Federation, parents will spend an average of $606 on back to school supplies and $103 on shoes alone this year. Kids want the coolest clothes, the newest iPhone; they want to play on travel tournament teams and text until their thumbs fall off. Not to mention the cost of that brand new, and very safe SUV to tote said kids around, the gas to fill it, food and grocery costs. Dad can kiss his once a week golf habit goodbye and Mom’s just gonna have to deal with her gray roots growing in, cause a pricey professional dye job just isn’t in the cards.

Being a parent today is starting to sound grim…but…help is on the way! If The Shoe Doesn’t Fit wants to help doting parents with at least one aspect of the costs of raising kids. The website is an online auction site dedicated to shoes and shoe related items only. Besides the holidays, the scariest and most costly time of year for parents is undoubtedly Back To School. If The Shoe Doesn’t Fit gives Moms and Dads a way to save on that never-ending expense of school shoes. The site offers a continually changing selection of children’s shoes at affordable prices AND helps Mom avoid the dreaded trip to the shoe store (trying to get a seven year old boy to sit still while attempting to fit shoes on him is straight misery).

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Ladies Wear And Key Trends For Autumn By Damart

If you are already thinking about building a stylish autumn-winter wardrobe this 2010, you may want to know the key ladies wear trends to look out for to remain fashionable, while staying comfortable in the cold.

Dressing for the colder months need not be boring, and it is easy to stay original if you follow a few simple rules. At Damart we offer a large palette of colours and patterns that are fun yet versatile, and help you avoid having to wear black or grey all the time. If you liked the bohemian ladies wear styles from the spring and summer collections, it is possible to repeat this gorgeous trend in autumn and winter. At Damart there is a line of long flowing skirts with fabulous tribal prints that can be worn any time of the year. This winter, they will go perfectly with suede ankle boots and a sweater. You can keep a cool, youthful feel while remaining warm and cosy for the ultimate effortless daytime look.

The key to mix summery and wintery garments together is layering. It will allow you to seamlessly move an outfit from day to night and work to play. Shirts can be worn under sleek, tailored jackets and at Damart we have a grey suit jacket which is a staple in any ladies wardrobe. Knitted vests are also an excellent layering piece and we have some superb options with original patterns to make sure you can make a lasting impression. You can also layer textures to make any outfit stand out. Tweed, suede and velvet are excellent textures to play with in the winter, and adding jewellery is a simple way of making an outfit even more special. For the evening, embroidered ladies blouses and calf length skirts are dressy enough, without being too revealing.

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