My oldest son (turning 12 next week) is horible on shoes.
In December we bought all 4 kids new shoes. 2 of them are still wearing the same shoes, one has outgrown hers so she just got new ones, the oldest though, got new shoes again in January and again 3 week ago because he wears them out like crazy! The kid drags his toes when he's turning corners on his bike. He is lucky to get 2 months out of a pair of shoes. (we usually shop the clearance at Sketchers but it's still at least $30 a pair!)
I'm sick of it! He rips holes in the toes dragging his feet then he picks at it (I cought him doing it the other day) essentially ripping holes in his toes. So, today he went to school with his toes poking out of his new shoes he got 3 weeks ago...
His dad feel like we (as parents) "look bad" if our kid goes to school with bad shoes and was mad at me last night when I told him that we're not buying another pair of shoes till school is out (3 months from the time of purchase).
I just don't know what to do with him! It's not like we can't afford the $30 for shoes, I just feel he's being wasteful and he needs to learn to be responsible with what we work hard to buy for him... He doesn't care and even told us he doesn't care if his shoes have holes or not (which just tells me that if we buy shoes again, next month it'll be the same problem...)
What would you do? Would you buy shoes or let him wear them with holes? Am I being too harsh on him (Honestly, I would put duct tape on them and call it good!)