HELP! I am at my wits-end with shoes for my 6yr old son. Crocs have been his main shoes his whole life due to numerous issues with socks and shoes 'not feeling right'. As a toddler, he also had issues with socks and pants with buttons/zips and still won't wear tracksuit pants with elastic cuffs - they have to be straight legged.
His current crocs I have thrown out - they are smelly and broken and too small. The next size are too big (he likes shoes extremely tight) and frankly, I would like to get him to wear something other than crocs, esp now his is old enough to have some understanding of what is going on.
We searched high and low for the right pair of shoes to wear this winter (australia). His normal sneakers (that he must wear for football) he felt slipped up and down when walking so we chose EXPENSIVE basketball high-tops that won't slip and that we could tighten until any blood circulation was cut off. We stayed at the shop for 30 min walking, running making sure they were perfect. He was happy and even wore them home.
This morning - he hates them and wants to throw them in the bin. I dragged him to school (with threats of LEGO being taken away) crying and him trying to ruin his shoes on the paving and even biting them! I took another pair of socks to school to change them when we got there, hten had to leave it up to the teachers. I am home to a double shot coffee!
I know he will forget about the probelms as the day goes on and enjoy himself at school, but then we will be at square 1 again tomorrow morning.
I wonder if there are psychological issues going on or if it is just a learned behavioural thing......set to test me!!!???
Does anyone else have or had similar issues? Should I stay strong and make him wear the shoes for a few weeks so they can at least get worn in?
Advice is much appreciated!