Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Playground Style: Shoes for the Sprinklers

Last week was hot.

No, seriously, like really hot.  

And in New York, where the asphalt can absorb heat and actually make the temperature rise after sundown, that is some major league discomfort.

However!  We do have playgrounds equipped with sprinklers.  Lots of them.  And you cannot keep your child out of them.

Reese generally likes to enter the fray fully clothed and emerge screaming "All wet, all wet!!"

I've taken to traveling with a towel, a change of clothes and her jelly sandals at all times.

As a side note...I have a little confession.  I love jellies. You know the little kid ones with the cage front and the ankle strap?  LOVE.  I had two pairs when I was really little (one glitter, one rainbow colored) and probably cried when my mother told me I outgrew them.  When jellies came back in a big way in the late 90's at the Gap, I jumped in hard core.  I'm still waiting for them to come back around, and I fear I will not be able to resist their siren song even though I'm way too old.  But I don't even care.  That's how much I love them.

So, one day I realized that while she was perfectly kitted out for the water, I was not.  I'm pretty much always going to have to get in there to retrieve a lost pail or dropped snack trap, and that means my shoes are going to get wet.  While flip flops are ok once in a while, I was looking for something a little more interesting and a lot more stylish.

All Wet!

1.  River Island Buckle T-Bar Jelly Sandal - I have a pair of regular sandals in this same t-bar style and I wore them to death a few summers ago.  Since the style is proven, I thought a waterproof version could work well on the playground with shorts and skirts.  Plus, I'm a sucker for hot pink.

2.  J Crew Rainy Day Bow Ballet Flats - I have my doubts about these, but people online swear by them and they've been a J Crew staple for a couple of years now.  I love the style, I mean, how can you go wrong with a simple ballet flat? 

3.  Native Shoes Jeffersons - I see these everywhere in New York.  Kids, parents, and everyone in between.  They are the jelly version of Converses.  My only concern?  A polka dotted tan foot.

4.  KG Maddy Jelly Flat Sandal - I told you I'm a sucker for hot pink, right?  I love the simple style of these jellies and the ankle strap to keep it on when you are trying to wrangle a little one into a stroller.

5.  Salt Water Sandals by Hoy - Alright, alright.  I'll stop with the Salt Waters.  No, wait.  I won't.  The only non-rubber variety on my list, these are specifically designed to be able to get wet and deal with it. Sturdy, nerdy chic, amazing.

Moms out there...what is your footwear of choice around the sprinkler? 


  1. What I really need to do is add a change of my own shoes to the stroller basket. I wear regular flip flops in the sprinklers but they stay wet, making the walk home very annoying.

  2. It's been so hot that mine tend to air dry pretty fast, but I hear what you are saying.


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