Growing up, Whim rarely got the name-brand shoes or sports equipment that he wanted. Like a lot of us, his family got by ok, but didn't always have a lot of extra money for the latest trends*.
Because of that, he gets a lot of pleasure out of choosing "cool" backpacks, shoes, or clothes for the boys. For Whim, cool pretty much= Adidas, and he isn't sending his child off to school with anything less.
I don't mind. I totally get it. It's his "scholastic book order."
Over Songkran, though, in a pinch, we let the boys each pick out a pair of Tesco Lotus 89 baht Fraux. (I made that up. Faux Crocs!) Think 5 dollar foam slipons from Walmart, with a superhero decal.
They were overjoyed.
They both wore them all break, and M begged to wear them to school when we went back.
Go figure! I wonder if they've been pining for garish polyester Masked Rider and Gundam tshirts, too?
*Hilarious side note: Fido Dido was hugely popular in Thailand when he was a teenager and you still see it sometimes. What!??!