When my first child was a toddler it was not uncommon for me to let her wear mismatching socks just because I had trouble finding a matching pair. My husband would discourage this for fear of what people might think. I figured that the people at the play places would assume she had dressed herself. This was long before mismatching socks were fashionable (I was obviously ahead of my time:-)
Now as a mother of 5 children I have come up with a system for sock management. Each of my children has one certain brand and style of sock assigned to them. If a stray sock is found that is not designated to a child it gets tossed. Any new socks or pairs that do not fit the plan are given away. It’s just sanity:-)
During the summer we tend to wear things like flip-flops and sandals. They are not only cooler during the hot summer days but they do not require a matching pair of socks to be found in order to wear them.
About a week ago most of my children were in or headed to our garage, to get into the van, when my 3 year old daughter announces that she is shoeless. After sifting through a small hill of shoes, with no matches in sight, I grabbed two mismatched flip-flops (a left and a right one) and brought them with us. One was a brown Diego flip-flop and the other a white flip-flop with rhinestones. Did I mention my daughter had a well visit scheduled at the pediatrician that day? The first thing our doctor said was, ” Oh, look at her shoes. They do not match. Did she dress herself this morning?”
I just can’t wait until mismatched shoes are the latest fashion:-)