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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 seattle!
PRANCE
The Reindeer and the Dreidel
What: With help from Rudolph, a little girl keeps an evil innkeeper from ruining the holidays.
Why: A free way to entertain elves and Maccabees.
When: Sun., 2-3 p.m.
Where: Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland (425-822-2459).

GLOW
Zoolights

What: Grab a cup of hot cocoa, hop on the carousel, and admire sparkly scenes throughout Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
Why: Watch a very brave Santa go for a dip with the sharks.
When: Zoolights, thru Jan. 1, 2012. Daily, 5-9 p.m. (Closed Christmas Eve.) Scuba-diving Santa, Sun., 2:30 p.m. & Wed. thru Dec. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Where: 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma (253-591-5337). Tickets online at pdza.org. Adults and children, $7 in advance/$8 at the door; under 3, free.

TWIRL
Nutcracker
What: Maurice Sendak takes the classic ballet to a whole other level with whimsical sets and costumes.
Why: Skip the annual tradition? Your sugarplum wouldn’t dream of it.
When: Thru Dec. 27.
Where: Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. Tickets at 206-441-2424 or online at pnb.org. Adults and teens, $28-$123; children, $26-$113.

Photo: Courtesy of Royal Elastics

LOCATIONS
Kirkland Library
308 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033
5400 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407
253-591-5337
321 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
206-733-9725
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