I used to be able to buy clothes and things for my kids just because I thought it was cute. Not any more. Now things need to be "cool".
I bought some plain grey slip-on shoes for my 3-year-old at Target. He has loved similar shoes in past years, so I figured he'd like these ones. But no. He refused to wear them because they were not cool. I convinced him to let me buy them by promising to paint piratey things on them.
I couldn't use my usual freezer-paper-stencil method for fabric painting, so I cut out the shape I wanted, held it in place, and traced around it with a pen. Then I used my smallest paint brush and filled it in.
I think he likes them.