A pair of tiny, upside-down sneakers preserved by the American Bronzing Company illustrated a feature in the Chicago Tribune Magazine about the uniquely American custom of preserving baby shoes. (Tribune photo by Bill Hogan) August 20, 2006
Don asked me a month or so ago what shoes we were going to have bronzed of Donovan's. I was like, "what?" I had never heard of this before but Don insisted that that is what people use to do all the time. I was kind of thinking that it was a waste of money, but now that I think about it...it would be kind of cool to do. I have been doing some thinking about what shoes we would want bronzed and I can't decide. I think the tradition is supposed to be the 1st pair of shoes, but since we were advocates of bare-foot is better for development during the 1st year, he didn't really have baby shoes or cutsie little booties. The shoes that were his 1st were gym shoes and cute, but not like booties or dress shoes (they are kind of dirty now too). So, this might sound silly, but I think I am going to go shopping for a really fancy looking little shoe that we can bronze (does that defeat the purpose???) He also had the cutest pair of sandals for summer, would that work???