I Bought My 12 Year Old Women's Shoes

Updated on February 15, 2012
S.B. asks from New York, NY
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So this is kind of silly but I want to ask you what would you do?
While my son was at school today, I spotted some really cool shoes that I thought were men shoes. They are New Balance running shoes, dark colors, around other mens shoes. They were $100 off on clearance so I got them for my son.
After he tried them on and declared he needed a 1/2 size larger, I looked on the receipt and it said womens shoes. He loves these shoes and I swear up and down they are mens shoes.... Should I tell him or just buy him another pair since he likes them so much?
I know that's a silly question. My dilema really is small. But I don't think any of his friends will even notice. LOL! What would you do?

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So What Happened?

Thank you all! Actually we went back for the 1/2 size bigger and they didn't even have them anymore. I figured they wouldnt. Such a good price. So we went with some real boy shoes... Vans skateboarding shoes. They were only a dollar cheaper. So he doesnt have to wear girly shoes now! LOL!

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answers from New York on

I would be afraid that he would show up at school and realize one of the
girls have the same ones. His life would be ruined LOL. You know how
12 yo can be.

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answers from St. Louis on

please let him decide....kids are cruel & if a girl has the same shoes, then he'll be upset to learn this in front of his classmates!

BUT I would first checkout the website of the mfgr & find out if it really is a woman's shoe....unisex/made for both sexes.....or a mismarked man's shoe. :)

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answers from Austin on

I am always honest with my daughter. I would tell him and let him decide if he wants to wear them.

I would never set him up for possible embarrassment, if it could be avoided.

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answers from Lincoln on

I'm with the Mamas who say that you should be honest for fear he will see a girl wearing them. 12 is Middle School age isn't it? I remember when I was in middle school. The whole world was looking at me and I was always worried about how I looked etc. I wouldn't be that age again if you paid me. So, save him embarrassment. Who knows maybe he won't care?

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answers from Seattle on

If they look like boy shoes and he loves them then I wouldn't say a damn thing! lol Go, exchange them and let him wear them.

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answers from Seattle on

I too would be afraid of him showing up at school to see a girl wearing them and then be so embarrassed. So I would take him back to the store with you and tell him that they didnt have any bigger ones and that he can pick out any shoe he wants to!

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answers from Dallas on

I would just go buy bigger size. My son has worn womens shoes. I think the boots he has right now may be womens cause they where ones my mom got for her and didn't like them. He loves them and knows they are womens. He's 13. As long as they don't look girly he don't care!

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answers from Kansas City on

My former husband had really small feet, like size 7 mens. Try finding that size! Many times when we'd find gender-neutral shoes in the women's section, he would buy them. He was a woman's size 9. He said they fit him a lot better too.



answers from Washington DC on

Shoes are shoes, if you find some he likes and that fit...don't worry about the label. I have bought boys shoes (I have tiny women's feet) and nobody knew the difference.



answers from Los Angeles on

Let em keep them lol don't tell him or else he'll never wear them ;)


answers from Biloxi on

Ah heck, some other kid will notice, point it out, and he will be embarrassed. Kids are just cruel at this age.
Fess up Mom, tell him "Oops", find a similar pair in mens shoes, then offer him the choice.
My son doesn't even want to my white socks to school.



answers from Appleton on

I'm a bit late on this one but thought I'd chime in anyway.

At 12 he will start growing sooooo fast he will be out of any shoes you buy him in about 6 months anyway.



answers from Los Angeles on

Maybe they were marked wrong....LOL

Forgettaboutit. Sounds like a good deal, so get his 1/2 size larger. My 9 year old can spot a girl's article of clothing a MILE away. LOL If it was feminine at all, he'd tell you.



answers from Washington DC on

Tell him you couldn't find the 1/2 size bigger, and then find something similar.

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