Old shoes and new shoes
During our years in the UAE, we picked up the habit of doing the bulk of our clothes/shoes shopping while we were in the US, especially for the kids. Now that we live in Finland, we tend to get kids' outerwear and boots (and some clothes) at secondhand shops in Turku, but the habit of buying $5 t-shirts at Target (or wherever) while in the US has remained. It's been two years since we last went shopping in the US, and it's fun to see how certain clothes and shoes have held up.
On the left are the waterproof hiking/school shoes we got for Miriam two years ago. She wore them for 18 months and then passed them on to Magdalena for six months. On the right are the new pair (of the newer model of the same shoes) we bought the other day.
I wrote about the relative durability of children's clothing brands in this post. As an update a few years later, most of what I said in that post is still true. But I don't think Circo brand exists anymore - I went to Target for the first time this trip last week and it looks like everything is something called Cat & Jack. We'll see how it works out!