While the girls are little, we buy two kinds of shoes to wear with their dresses, white sandals for summer and black Mary Jane's for winter. Having four girls, I have black Mary Jane's in every size imaginable. As my girls approach 12 years old they reach Mary Jane revolt and refuse to have anything to do with them. Oleander reached that milestone last winter and was able to wear a pair of hand me down dress shoes from Karate Kid, but Oleander's feet are currently the same size as mine and Karate Kid's. It's rather cool and convenient having the same sized feet as my daughters. We can all exchange shoes with each other as we see fit, except my two girls are not too keen on wearing heels of any kind at this point, maybe in a couple years.
Oleander and I decided we should try finding a cute little pair of ballet flats in a brown color. Between the three of us, we have plenty of black shoes, but not enough pairs of brown. DSW had dozens of ballet flats from which to choose. Oleander found the most adorable pair of bronze satin flats that will go with so many of her outfits.
The sweetest treat of all was listening to her describe our shoe quest to her younger sister on the way home. She remembered every pair of cute shoes she saw and described each one with glowing adjectives that would make any mother proud. I do love my boys, but there is nothing like bonding with my daughters over a pair of shoes!