These are the shoes my daughter has been wearing to school since last September.
Come rain, shine, frost, snow...
I can't say that I'm happy about her choice but she has strenuously resisted any suggestion that more weatherproof shoes would be a good idea. Almost all other schoolgirls of her generation are wearing these slippery and insubstantial bits of tat and we gave in on this one rather than fight.
We took sensible shoes very seriously when she was little, and here is the first pair she ever wore for walking in, when she was about a year old:
Its ironic that she seems to be conforming to peer behaviour in relation to her school shoes, when her other clothing choices are far less conformist.
Her new rock boots were a combined birthday (or possibly Christmas) present about 18 months ago, when she was 13:
This picture of them is consistently one of my most viewed photos on flickr.
How times change.