I had been there once before and walked right back out, totally unprepared for the mass amounts of kid stuff. This time I was on a mission and knowing what to expect we braved the sea of used children's clothing and toys and headed straight to the back where the shoes are displayed. There in the wall of shoes, sat a pristine pair of white dress shoes, from Payless, fyi, for, wait for it.. FOUR DOLLARS! Thank you to the mother whose daughter also needed white dress shoes to wear but once. One might think this is the great success of this story, but it isn't. Oh no it isn't. There among the boots was a pair of the same ladybug rain boots that Natalie has been stuffing her foot into. The exact same pair, in the next size up!
Even if we hadn't found the white shoes, it was well worth the search.