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 dallas!
Children’s Gingerbread Class

What: Tiny toques add creative touches to sugary houses.
Why: The hotel’s pastry chef is on hand to assist your elf.
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 4 p.m. (Also Dec. 19 & 20.)
Where: Rosewood Crescent Hotel, 400 Crescent Ct. To register, call 214-871-3260. Cost is $75.

Posada Dallas

What: March with the procession and then check out crafts, storytelling, and the matachines dance performance.
Why: The mariachi band’s tunes sound divine after weeks of “Jingle Bells.”
When: Sun., 4-8 p.m.
Where: Parade starts at Central Square Park, at Swiss Ave. & Oak St. Festivities, Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. (214-671-0045). Free.

Holiday Trail of Lights

What: Meander through the colorful displays and take a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature along the way.
Why: Strolling carolers up the festive factor.
When: Sat. & Sun., 6:30-9 p.m. 
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney (972-562-5566). Tickets online at heardmuseum.org. Adults and teens, $7 in advance/$9 at the door; children, $4 in advance/$6 at the door; under 3, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Royal Elastics

Rosewood Crescent Hotel
400 Crescent Ct
Dallas, TX 75201
Central Square Park
Swiss Ave
@ Oak St
Dallas, TX 75204
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Pl
McKinney, TX 75069
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75204