Finding booties that stay on your little prince’s feet while giving him enough support to transition from crawler to waddler is a supreme pain in the ass.
So we figure any shoe that’s good enough for Holland’s royal family is good enough for us. (Yes, we are easily impressed by titles.)
Born in the Netherlands, Boumy is the latest baby shoe to make its stateside debut. The all-leather slippers are handcrafted with an elastic ankle band so they can be easily pulled on and off (by you, not them). Slightly textured bottoms also allow tiny toes to develop a natural gripping technique and ensure that your tot doesn’t go slip-sliding around.
After testing them on our own mini sovereigns, we deemed the booties (love the moccasins for fall) equally useful as slippers for the newly bipedal and house shoes for the more experienced toddler.
Crown not included.
Available online at boumy.com, $32.
Snoqualmie Railroad Days
What: Watch the parade march by and catch a performance on the children’s stage.
Why: Junior conductors hitch rides on wagons and motor cars.
When: Fri., 5-9:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St., Snoqualmie (425-888-3030).
What: See artists at work, make crafts with recycled materials, and tie-dye a T-shirt.
Why: At the veggie painting station, he’s got an excuse to play with his food.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Port of Everett Marina, 1700 W. Marine View Dr., Everett (425-257-8380). Admission is free.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series
What: Hit Explosion plays cover songs during the last show of the season.
Why: Glitter tattoos and games keep them busy while you unwind.
When: Wed., 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: University Village, 2623 NE University Village St. (206-523-0622). Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Boumy