High heels for babies: Cute or creepy?

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Some people are getting a big kick out of an emerging fashion trend for babies — high heel crib shoes for girls too young to walk. Others are certain it’s yet another sign that the republic really is going to perdition in a hand basket.



The latest rage for the preverbal set is the creation of two Seattle moms, Britta Bacon and Hayden Porter. Friends since childhood, the two were taking Bacon’s daughter, Kayla, to a party for her fourth birthday when they started reminiscing about when Kayla was an infant.



Porter, who admits to being obsessed with shoes, found herself thinking how hilarious it would have been if Kayla had had high heels as an infant.



The more Bacon and Porter thought about it, the better the idea sounded. They developed a product that comes in six styles: leopard satin print, hot pink patent, black satin, zebra satin, black patent and hot pink satin. They are packaged in a see-through “runway bag” with a big rhinestone clasp.



The shoes aren’t meant to be walked in, and the heels collapse if a baby attempts to stand on them.



Debate afoot

There’s a lively debate on the Internet about the shoes, with some bloggers appalled by them and others smitten with the cuteness of it all.



A press release from manufacturer Heelarious goes heavy on the cute: “Fashionable. Adorable. Hilarious. Ingenious. Yes, we're talking about the latest rage in shoes to hit the market since Sex and the City made Choo and Louboutin household names. Heelarious has conquered the last frontier of baby fashion in such a fabulous way that we have to think that Carrie Bradshaw would most certainly approve.”



Celebrity-Babies.com had this take: “If you're the mother of a baby and can't wait to go for your first mother-daughter manicure, get her fitted for her first bra, or give her a makeover, you might get a kick out of heelarious infant high heels.”



Others are less excited. “These baby high heels are ridiculous and take out all the fun in having a baby and toddler,” reads an anonymous comment posted on Digg.com. “I wish the fashion industry would quit promoting adult like clothing and accessories for infants and toddlers. Doesn't anyone want to keep the little ones a normal dressed baby?”



A critic on Clotheshorse.com was undecided, writing: “I find them funny from a fashion and shoe lover's perspective but also a little disturbing that we are trying to create mini Carrie Bradshaw just a little too early. Shouldn't babies be wearing sweet bunny slippers or cheeky Robeezs? What do you think? Do you find them cute and funny or a bit odd and disturbing?”



On Friday, the TODAY anchors sat down with two baby girls to see what the target audience thinks about the soft and cushy Heelarious shoes that sell for $35 a pair.



Little Sophia Bushey considered her shoe and chucked it aside. Beatriz De Lima, on the other hand, removed one of her shoes and started chewing on the toe. She seemed satisfied with the flavor.



The TODAY cast didn’t know what to make of the shoes, which come in one size — 0-6 months — and are not designed for walking. But Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry and Matt Lauer did agree that putting infants in high heels is pushing the envelope into uncomfortable territory.



“Thirty-five dollars for the heels; $45 to get the bustier with it,” Lauer deadpanned.



The company also sells cowgirl boots and credit card look alike teethers...here is the link to the site if you want to see...



http://www.heelarious.com/index.php

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Brandy - posted on 04/10/2010

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It's creepy. Baby binikis creep me out too. Why don't we put miniskirts and fishnet stocking on them while we're at it. lol

Emma - posted on 04/10/2010

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And people wonder why we have more and more Paedophiles ................................

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C. - posted on 04/11/2010

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Brandy! I was going to post that same thing about the miniskirts and fishnet stockings!!

Amanda - posted on 04/10/2010

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that is outrageous... the moms that do that are the ones that are gonna let their little 8 year olds wear belly shirts and short skirts and whatnot with make up and then wonder why at 16 their kid has to drop outta high school cuz they got knocked up... i agree with the lady that said it would be funny maybe for halloween, but definately would never put a little girl in that for real. dress-up is one thing, most little girls do that... wearing that junk for real, day to day... thats just stupid, and you don't need to be sexing up ur baby!! the shoes were bad enough, but the clothes... omgosh

C. - posted on 04/10/2010

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I agree, Emma!!! It's definitely not helping the pedophile problem by dressing kids as adults!





@Minna.. High heels are made to make a women's legs look longer, leaner, sexier.. Making a baby wear something that is inappropriate for their age is making them appear as a sexual object.

C. - posted on 04/10/2010

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I couldn't even finish that video it was that creepy.. I definitely think it's creepy to have a pair of high heels for an infant.. That's disgusting. I can't stand it when parents try to make their children look like adults. Period. But to give a BABY high heels?? Give me a break! I can't believe someone actually came out with something like that.

Minna - posted on 03/12/2010

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At 0-6 months its not like these shoes are having an effect on a little girls self image, or sexualizing them. They're like a prop! It's a baby, for crimeny sake. When you put little bunny ears on for Easter, are you doing something inappropriate? How about babies wearing skirts? Is that wrong?

Cynthia - posted on 03/12/2010

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I think its cute. I agree - cute for a photo - op or for dress up. not for everyday use though!!

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I agree with the one piece swim suits. It is totally inappropriate to see a baby or little girl in a bikini!!

Carly - posted on 03/02/2010

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I just checked them out and not only are they creepy they are ugly. Going to stick with the mini-Chucks.

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Well my daughters have dress up shoes that are for playing with but they don't leave the house in them. I guess if your just dressing up or getting pictures done it might be fun. Honestly i find heels soooo uncomfortable that I never wear them unless it's a special function so I can't imagine putting them on my girls for anything other than play time. They should have comfortable shoes to run around and play in when they go out.

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Creepy! Children grow up way too fast these days! I see girls as young as 10 years old with full make-up - foundation the whole works. I rarely wear foundation and I'm 19!!!! Children should stay children for as long as possible and if you just want your child as a fashion statement buy a doll or a mannequin!

Heather - posted on 03/02/2010

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I think they are cute and if I had a daughter, I would probably buy her a pair :)

Kerrie - posted on 03/01/2010

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Children grow up fast enough as it is, they should just enjoy their child's childhood while they can, because once it's gone, it's gone.

Jocelyn - posted on 03/01/2010

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I bought my daughter a pair of the leopard print shoes :) I love shoes and I have a pair of leopard print heels that are my absolute favorite. I bought them for her so that when I wear mine, she can match me! Lame reason lol I know, but I think it would make a cute picture. We haven't gone for pictures yet :( but we will lol. So far she's only worn them once (to match her leopard print and marabou hat) and they don't stay on for shit, so they are sitting on her bookshelf, and I think they might stay there.
I think that these shoes are just "for the hell of it" shoes. They serve no purpose except for being cute (like Swarovsky encrusted pacifiers). I don't think that they are sexualizing our little girls, they are just shoes.
Quote: Celebrity-Babies.com had this take: “If you're the mother of a baby and can't wait to go for your first mother-daughter manicure, get her fitted for her first bra, or give her a makeover, you might get a kick out of heelarious infant high heels.”
I must admit that that is totally me; I'm going love when my daughter comes home and asks for pink hair, or her ears pierced, or want's to learn how to use liquid eyeliner.
That being said, I'm not going to allow her to wear high heels when she is 4, or wear makeup when she's 10, but at 4 months old, these shoes are harmless.

Melissa - posted on 03/01/2010

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I see absolutely no point in putting a baby in these shoes! But I guess some people will do anything to make money!

Emerald - posted on 03/01/2010

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I think they are cute, for a photo op. Though at 35 a pair I probably wouldn't buy them. And they are definitly not an everyday thing.
The real problem I think is high heel designed for 3 and 4 year old little girls to walk in.

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Little girls should look like little girls. They will be women before we know it, why push it? And the credit card teethers are also disturbing. Yes, let's give our children a toy that glorifies the number one way to ruin your finances and get into debt. I think this company is focusing on turning our baby girls into materialistic fashionistas. Nothing wrong with liking fashion, but let's not push it and make it a focus in our lives. And $35 for a pair of shoes she will not even be walking in is so beyond my comprehension.

Amanda - posted on 03/01/2010

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it's creepy.... i think flats are much cuter and stylish for little girls anyway. i have seen pictures in the magazines with sure cruise wearing heels and i just can't imagine putting my toddler in something that even i have a hard time walking in. they are going to grow up too fast anyway, why rush it?!

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I have always been against any fashion item which makes young children look like mini adults before their time. What are parents thinking when they buy their children such items? Cherish your children whilst you can without turning them into adults before their time.

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