A Toddler’s Right to Shoes

Last week, Suri Cruise, the 3-year-old daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, sported silver peep-toe D’Orsay kitten heels during an outing with her mom in Boston. The shoes (which actually look like dance shoes without ankle straps) spurred blog posts on style sites and negative comments on parenting forums. Remarks ran the gamut, accusing her parents of setting Suri up for lifelong foot damage to igniting topics on sexualizing children.

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Last week, Suri Cruise, the 3-year-old daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, sported silver peep-toe D’Orsay kitten heels during an outing with her mom in Boston. The shoes (which actually look like dance shoes without ankle straps) spurred blog posts on style sites and negative comments on parenting forums. Remarks ran the gamut, accusing her parents of setting Suri up for lifelong foot damage to igniting topics on sexualizing children.
The heels were an unusual choice for a toddler, but why should we expect anything less from little Suri? Regularly seen in patent red Mary Janes, silk dresses during the day and with flashes of hot pink polish on her nails, Suri is already a fashion icon amongst pre-schoolers—and I admit, with myself.
Clearly I’m not alone. Suri’s fashion choices regularly make news and in an “Entertainment Tonight” interview, Tom Cruise defended Suri’s knack for special occasion wear, explaining that she simply refuses to wear pants. And when Suri was seen wearing a coat over her dress for the first time last Thanksgiving—albeit a lush velveteen Burberry trench—it made major celebrity tabloid and blog fodder.
Maybe Suri is onto something and paving way for a new niche market in the footwear industry. Jimmy Choo for Stride Rite, anyone? 

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