Dude, Put On Your Own Shoes

Royal Elastics Footwear

royal elastics shoes!

When your little prince demands you tie his shoes, you wait on him hand and foot. (How else would you get to school on time?)

The next time he barks, look to the new line of children’s shoes from Royal Elastics. Instead of laces, the togs have elastic bands that comfortably secure little piggies in place, allowing for easy slip-off/slip-on/race-out-the-door action.

Four skater-dude styles come in sizes 10.5 to 6, making them ideal kindergarten kicks. The black leather Icon sneaker has huge cush factor for monkey bar crash landings. For dressier occasions, the Brother Roland low-tops walk a unique line with camo lining and a cork sole.

All of the designs are scaled-down versions of the brand’s adult line, so you can grab yourself a grown-up pair. And given the precious little time you have to get dressed every morning, that’s, er, knot a bad idea.

Available online at store.royalelastics.com, $50-$60.

this week in atlanta!
An Elf’s Story
What: Munch on snacks and catch an outdoor movie in The Mansion on Peachtree’s garden.
Why: Help yourself to vodka-spiked hot chocolate (Lord knows you’ve been very, very good this year).
When: Sun., 4:30 p.m.
Where: 3376 Peachtree Rd. NE, Buckhead. Reservations (required) to 404-995-7500. Adults and teens, $25; children, $15; under 3, free.

Holiday Bonfire & Marshmallow Roast

What: Make gooey treats around the fire and listen to festive tunes.
Why: A prime opportunity to get a word in with Mr. Claus.
When: Thurs., 7-8 p.m.
Where: Decatur Square, 101 E. Court Sq., Decatur. Free.

The Santa Express

What: Climb aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for stories, carols, and photo ops with the man of the moment.
Why: Alas, no stops at the North Pole.
When: Thru Dec. 24.
Where: 241 Depot St., Blue Ridge. Tickets at 877-413-8724 or online at brscenic.com. Adults and teens, $34; children, $18; under 2, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Royal Elastics

Decatur Square
101 E Court Sq
Decatur, GA 30030
The Mansion on Peachtree
3376 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Depot St
Blue Ridge, GA 30513