I generally don't like heels for young girls. When i was growing up, heels were a right of passage. I remember my grandmother bought my first pair for me when I was 11 - and I was crushed because they were way too small!!! lol It was probably another year or so before I had another pair. They were only ever worn for dressy occasions such as going to church or a wedding - never for play!
I buy mostly soft star shoes for my 3 year old www.softstarshoes.com
so I guess you could call me a shoe snob.
I don't like shoes from Target or even most Stride Rite shoes because I think they are too stiff for little feed to move properly in. Just my opinion...
I see nothing wrong with a 1 in wedge type heel that's easy to walk in on a girl for something like a wedding or other fancy event. I do have a problem with them for every day wear.
Dd wanted flipflops this year (but her feet are too narrow for all of them) and I was appalled that many of them have higher wedge type heels. I think that's awful to let a kid wear something like that on a regular basis because it is harmful to them. I know how awful it is to have back problems...
I also don't like the fact that certain stores clothing and a lot of shoes are made to look so grown up. To me, little girls ought to look like little girls, not like women. I see a lot of cute clothing that I don't buy for my 2 yr old because it would be perfectly appropriate on a 10yr old (such as jean skirt, turtleneck, tights and flat boots) I try to dress her in more babyish type things. But to me that's a personal preference. I see nothing wrong with an outfit like the above.
On the other hand, a lot of clothing to me is way too sexy for a child. Why dress a child in clothing that was originally meant to accentuate a woman's sexuality such as a thong underwear or string bikini with obvious bra type top? To me that sexualizes a pre-pubescent child in a way that is offensive. They aren't sexy beings, don't try to make them look sexy is my thought. Ugh! To me, bikini underwear or a more modest 2 piece is different.
I also view sexuality differently than some. To me, it's a gift to be offered on one's wedding night. So we try to teach our daughter that certain parts of her body are special and private and that's why they stay covered or whatever. But there is no shame over them or embarrassement by them. It's a fine line and I know a lot of people who believe as I do about sexuality are not comfortable with their bodies. We are trying to raise dd to be comfortable but also to hold her body in respect in a way that will encourage her to save her sexuality. Not a popular opinion... I know. And I'm not judging others who have different opinions. Just saying, because it does affect what she wears.