You guys had me cracking up yesterday with your comments….women and our shoes!

We had some great weather recently and I wanted to take advantage of it by being outside. We went for a little hike at a nature park. I can only semi call it a “hike” because most of the trails are paved and that seems more like a up and down walk than a hike. But if my legs were as short as my youngest two…well then maybe I’d consider it more of a hike.

I’ve been using my 24-70mm lens almost all the time since the sweet lady at the camera repair shop scolded me for my dirty camera. I’ve been missing my 85mm lens, so I decided to take it along for the hike instead of my 24-70. It was so good to shoot with it again. Since I haven’t posted camera settings in quite a while I thought I’d include those today. Keep in mind the sun kept peeking through the clouds and some areas were more shaded than others.

1/160, f/3.5, ISO 250
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1/200, f/3.5, ISO 200 – both

They look so little, yet so big together in this picture…they are 15 months apart. She is something else…so is her cowlick.
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1/160, f/3.5, ISO 100
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1/160, f/5.0, ISO 200
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1/160, f/5.0, ISO 200
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1/160, f/5.0, ISO 200 – both
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1/800, f/1.8, ISO 200 – both

This is the type of shot I’ve been missing when using my 24-70….the super blurry background I can get at f/1.8.2.23.11-07

1/800, f/1.8, ISO 200 – both

That same f/1.8 blur.
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1/500, f/1.8, ISO 125
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I’m ready for warm weather. I’m ready to be outside all the time. I’m ready.

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  • Betsy - Love this post! I’m with you on the prime lenses– Nothing like ’em! I’m craving this kind of weather. CT has been hit hard this year- tons of snow and extreme cold. Spring will be warmly welcomed…

  • tiffani - Love the pics of you holding the little one; and love the one where your oldest is yelling at your camera again-i think when all three boys are yelling at it at the same time-that will be awesome! Happy wed:)

  • Miranda - Lil sis is way adorable!

  • Mindy Harris - what are we to do about your little girls’ outfit??!! sorry i don’t know her name i am new to your blog. is simply MUST get boots & a wonder woman tee for my daughter, story!
    looks like a wonderful day.

  • becca~capturingsimplejoys - beautiful shots, love that the boys have sticks/swords! do boys ever hick without a stick? i think not!
    i am ready for warmer weather too!

  • Michelle Donker - Love the shots! I am new to your blog but love photography as well. It is slowly starting to warm up here in KS- so sick of the cold! My son is never without a stick/sword. Loved those photos!

  • Tess S - i’ve been using my 85 a lot, lately. i don’t have the 24-70 but it’s on my list and i’m hoping to get it in the next few months. sometimes… you just need a zoom.

  • Danielle - We love hiking. I have come to the conclusion that if my boys can run around the house non stop all day they can hike. Looks like fun!

  • Anna - Wow, these pictures are awesome! I’ve pretty much have given hope on using my manual setting. It takes me forever and then nothing is in focus. I find a hard time determining if something is focused or not when I’m looking through my lens. Why is that??? Ahhh…photography and me do NOT go hand in hand!
    You make it look so easy! πŸ™‚

  • Jane in Canada - I’m amazed that you’ve gone from piles of snow to shorts-and-T-shirt weather in a matter of a couple of weeks. Can you send some of that up here our way? We are still in a deep freeze and I’m sick of it.
    Wonderful pictures! An 85mm prime is on my wish list. The bokeh is just so beautiful. I use my 50mm prime a lot and also love that lens. Thanks for posting the camera settings. I find your aperture settings very helpful as I still sometimes struggle with getting that perfect number where all subjects are in focus but there is as much background blur as possible.

  • Laurie J - I miss the great outdoors! I say….count it as a hike, no ” ” πŸ™‚

  • Kelley Howe - Thanks for sharing your settings. LOVE these pictures!

  • Cherron - I’m ready, too. We lived in Broken Arrow for almost a year and always enjoyed the weather. Windy, but it was nice.

  • Dana L - LOVE the last 2 of firecracker with your hubby!. So adorable and those will be moments you will be so glad you captured!

  • stephanie - I love your hair in these pictures. What a blessed family.

  • amanda torres - That weather was a real teaser. It felt so good to spend the entire day outside. My kids were worn to a pulp and so was I. Such a great, great feeling. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons.
    p.s. I love seeing pics of Firecracker with her brothers. Just because she’s the youngest and a girl doesn’t mean she going to let them boss her around!

  • Janet - LOVE your jeans. You rock them very well. What are they?

  • Mirys from Brazil - Hi. My favorite pic this time is the last one – Firecracker with her daddy, with super blured back ground!

    Love it!

    Mirys
    http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com

    PS: I did something inspired in your photos – my sister bride-to-be shower. The spoons with flowers looked beautiful and peaceful. Just the kind of feeling you wanna have 14 days to the wedding…

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Yes! Bring on the warmer weather!

  • jami nato - prime is the way to go…

    sweet pics!

  • Natalie - I love how each kid has a stick on their paved trail hike! Beautiful pictures…

  • Cassie - Oh, boys and their sticks. πŸ™‚

  • Jen - I’m with you on this one. I’m SO ready for spring. Gotta get my kiddos out of the house!

  • Mary Lemon - This post is so adorable. Your kids are so cute. Your daughter’s outfit is great. I can’t believe all the projects you get done with 4 kids! You are amazing!

  • mariagiovanna - Hi! I am new to your blog and I really love it (It’s my favorite thing to read with my morning coffee!) -I was just curious about your settings…Are a lot of your photos out of focus when you use such a shallow depth of field? And then do you just keep the ones that work, or do you have a trick for getting your subject to stay in focus at 1.8 (maybe it’s just practice!)? Also, you weren’t using a flash, right? Just curious! Surely you’ve better things to do then respond to all of those questions, but just thought I’d write anyway! πŸ˜‰ LOVE your blog!

  • Kendra - My favorites might be the ones where you’re comforting your little boy. I hate when my baby is sad, but have to admit I love the snuggles. πŸ™‚ And WHERE did you find the Wonder Woman shirt??

  • Kimber - Cute pics! I love Firecracker’s shoes! The camera settings are so helpful, thanks! And I can’t agree with you more about wanting warmer weather!

  • kassondra - Ashley i love the picture of you will your son! is your husband into photography too or did you have it on a timer? you inspired me to get more pictures of me with my girls but my husband always seems to get the wrong thing in focus. i usually resort to putting the camera on a timer the only problem as i’m sure you know kids don’t have a lot of patients! πŸ™‚

  • Julie B - When I saw the bridge I thought “ahhh I know where that is!” So cool. I love seeing my town from your point of view and seeing the places we go to from your perspective.

  • lauren hatcher - Thank you SO much for posting your settings. It always reminds me to play with my settings & learn something more about my camera. And doing that always makes me want to get my LIFE off of auto too! Thanks again!

  • Kat - I am filled with envy that you can wear t-shirts outside. I still have a 4-foot snow drift in my backyard. That’s what I get for living in Canada I guess.

  • Dana - Thanks so much for sharing your settings, Ashley! I’ve made HUGE progress shooting in manual mode since taking your SnapShop – it’s the only way I shoot now! And since I understand what all the settings mean I really enjoy looking at photographs and seeing how they were shot. Please keep it up!

  • paige - Gorgeous pics! There’s nothing better than little boys playing in the woods with sticks!

  • Mirys from Brazil - Ashley:

    Could you please tell me how do you do that your photos are protected? Mine are so vulnerable… anyone can click on them and “copy” or save in their computers…

    Thanks for your help.

    Mirys

  • Jill E. - such great shots. i just upgraded my equipment in a big way and i am so excited to use the 85mm these are so inspiring.

  • hearttypat - i can’t help but marvel at how much little firecracker has grown, she’s almost the same size as littlest brother now!

    and also thanks for the setting you used on our pictures, i do have 2 questions though: White Balancing, do you just leave it at Auto or adjust accordingly? And what is the exposure you used for these pictures above?

  • Leanne - whew! me too. I’m so sick of the winter chill. Love the pictures! Just think of her hair as “perfect for headbands!”

  • Jenny B. - Beautiful photos! I always know when I’m having a busy week… I check in on your blog, and find more than one day’s worth of posts to read. And it’s always a nice surprise. πŸ™‚ I got choked up when I read the line after the photo of your daughter crying in the “signs of life” post from Monday. My 6yo had his well-child check-up today, and was freaking out about the possiblity of getting a shot. We learned about Kenya in geography yesterday (I teach 1st grade). I was surprised to learn that the average life expectancy is only 54, and that the majority of the population there is under 16. I tried to explain to him that there are kids all over the world who would be extremely grateful to be able to get a shot that would keep them from getting sick. I don’t think it calmed his fears much, but maybe it gave him something to think about.

  • Minnesotamom - So cute! And…are we supposed to clean our cameras? Other than dust off the glass every once in a while? Uh oh…

  • joan kimball - Would you mind sharing why you like this lens? I know you are a busy woman there…I just am so learning, and curious. Just a couple sentences will be most appreciated.

    joanE

  • Nancy - I did the same thing last weekend. I took my 85mm out when we went down to the beach. It’s my favourite lens! ps…love the wonder woman t-shirt!

  • Mamabear - I always wish, when you post pictures with your kids, that I had pictures of me holding mine. I always have someone on my hip but it will one day be gone. πŸ™
    I have the reverse of you…my girl is my oldest, followed by three boys.
    I enjoy the blog so much….lots of inspiration here! Thanks!
    And I’m a hopelessly bad photographer, maybe I’ll learn something if I stick around!

  • Megan - Very nice photos. And your little ones are adorable!

  • Krissa - Your family just makes me melt… πŸ™‚ I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw todays post. I would love your opinion. I just got two lenses in the mail today from BorrowLenses…I’m trying the 24-70 mm and 24-105mm out before I make a purchase…I do have to say I’m really intrigued with the 85 mm also. Todays pics are phenomenal…If you had to choose, which one would you pick? I’m looking for a really nice lens for the same type of photos you take. Really great blog pics, portraits, and documenting my kiddos lives…
    -Thanks!

  • Ruth - Please please tell us where to find that wonder woman shirt, heavenly!!

  • Cherished Hearts Vintage - Your babes are soooo adorable!

  • megan - I love your blog and all of your pictures. You have really inspired me to start learning the manual settings on my camera and the little tidbits you post have helped me learn ALOT, so thank you! If you could only buy ONE camera lens for everything, but mostly everyday shots of your kids, which one would you choose? Thank you so much!

  • Jenny - I just saw your blog on something Becky Higgins wrote on facebook. I loved your monogram letter idea. Very cute! Thank you so much for posting your camera settings. I have been working on my photography skills for about two years now, and it is so nice to be able to learn from others. Please keep sharing!

  • Kristen Duke Photography - I LOVE LOVE LOVE my 85mm lens and use it almost exclusively. Every once in a while I pull out my wide angle.

  • Amy - i have always wondered if you photoshop every image you post on here, the colors and clarity are always on spot!

  • Valerie - I have both of those lens, but tend to use my 24-70 exclusively. I have not really jumped into the 85 as much as I should… I am lazy, I guess! Can you tell us what you used to edit these lovelies of your babies? Gorgeous. I don’t need to tell you, because it is obvious that you know, but you are very, very blessed! πŸ™‚

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  • Angie K - ack. If only my last name were Webb πŸ™‚

    Congrats everyone!

  • mosey - Congratulations everyone!

  • Lacy M. - Lucky dogs!!

  • Mindy Harris - hey good for those girlies! sorry if i was annoying asking who the “weiners” are!! as always, thank you for sharing your heart (and shoe size) on such a wonderful blog. you are an inspiration.

  • Tonya S. - Thank you so much for the giveaway!!! I can’t believe I actually won!!

  • able mabel - What a rotten time for my internet to go down. Looks like I missed out. Congrats to all the winners!!

  • Jay - I can’t wait to makes dresses and curtains and pillowcases!! Thank you again!!!

  • Angie Webb - I’m a winner!! I am SO excited! Thank you SO much!!

  • bethany_may - I’m so excited! I can’t believe I won! Now we will just have to plan a baby shower, so I can get those wonderful invitations : ) Thanks so much to Ashley and Pretty Girl Designs!

So it was great to read all your comments yesterday. Thank you to those of you that commented for the first time, I appreciate it. Want to hear something crazy? Yesterday I included a picture of my 4 year old’s favorite book, Shark vs. Train. The author, Chris Barton, left a comment! If my 4 year old understood what my blog is, I’m pretty sure I’d earn some ‘cool mom’ points with him for that. But he doesn’t….so I told Chris and I won some ‘cool’ points with him instead.

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Yesterday I mentioned shoes, well I am again today πŸ™‚ I have small feet. My mom and sister do too. It can be annoying. You might be surprised to know that not many stores carry small sizes in women’s shoes. All the really cute shoes are in the bigger sizes. Every now and then Target might have a 5.5 in a cute style, but even those are often too big. My sister always seems to find shoes that fit us, but I learned back in high school that she doesn’t appreciate me borrowing her shoes. Her feet are narrow…mine are wide. Sorry, Lesley, about all the shoes of yours I stretched out.

There are upsides to small feet. Like buying Converse. While most women shop in the ladies sizes, I can pick up a pair for myself in the little boys section for a cheaper price. Mine are as dirty as a little boys.
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I wear a 2.5 in little girls shoes. I am pretty sure some of the girls in my son’s first grade class have bigger feet than I do. The thing about little girls shoes is they often look like they were made for someone under the age of 12 and they tend to be pretty narrow. Sometimes it is hard having small feet.
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However, on a rare occasion I find the perfect little pair of girls slip-ons at Target for way cheaper than the ones in womens sizes. Sometimes it is easy having small feet.
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That Big Bird is a wise one. And that Target needs to start carrying more small sizes….or remove the glitter on the girls 2.5!
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  • Messy Little Puddles - Hehe this post made me smile…..here in the UK I would die to have small feet there are so many cute shoes that I love in the kids sizes and the prices are way cheeper!

    I think its cool Chris left a comment I like authers who are out there like that…
    keep smiling

    xx

  • Jodi - Wow, how cute are your small feet??! And we love that Big Bird book, we read it all the time! Congrats on the author commenting, that is amazing and so cool!!! You could always make your own shoes, I know you have the talent to make that one happen. πŸ™‚

  • Cat from Constant in Chaos - so cool about Chris Barton commenting!

  • Pamelotta - Wow, I’ve never met anyone on the other end of the spectrum. I wear a size 11, in women’s, and I have a hard time finding cute shoes, too. Mostly, though, because when you take a cute shoe idea and blow it up to 2 or 3 times the size it was meant to be, it loses some of it’s intended cuteness. πŸ˜‰

  • Kylie Craftafarian - I loved your post yesterday! I don’t have small feet, I guess I have average feet for women these days (8.5) but my mom has tiny feet! Made me feel like a giant while I was growing up, until I met some of my best friends who all have the same size shoe (so we can share!!!)

    Ps- Your photos are inspiring me to go out there with my camera more and document life. πŸ™‚

  • Lori - Ashley – I would love to get sparkle shoes at a kids price but alas, I wear 7. Love the fact you stretched out your sisters’ shoes…funny. I did too. The author commented – whoa. nice job.
    Maybe, you could custom order off of etsy the mary jane type and order them with leather soles on bottom – the thin leather??? just a thought.

  • becca~capturingsimplejoys - I wear a 7 and have thought at times that every woman out there must wear that size too! love your little girl shoes, just saw those the other day and thought how cute they were…for my 9 year old daughter lol!

  • Trish - 2.5 oh my word. i thought mine were small. i often wear girls size 5.5. yes i love that i can wear kids converse. it’s like half the price and are the same thing πŸ™‚ maybe try old navy they have cute little girl shoes πŸ™‚

  • Loren - I feel your pain. I am usually a 5 in women’s (a 3 in the kid’s shoes). No one believes me that it is nearly impossible to find a decent pair of heels.
    I have those flat from target too, I got the black though and promptly wore them out, so I bought another pair, and wore those out too.

    I’ve had some pretty decent luck finding vintage boots on Etsy though, usually for very reasonable prices.

  • Chas - That is so funny! I have often found shoes in the little girls section that fit me also and yes if they are cute and I like them I have bought them. I get funny looks from my friends though when I have told them what department I purchased them from. πŸ™‚

  • andy - cool about the author commenting
    i wrote the book title down because 2 of my son’s fave things are sharks and trains
    awesome that you can wear kids shoes. the kids converse are cutier anyways πŸ™‚

  • Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys - I personally like the glittery shoes.

  • Michelle Richards - I have small sized feet too – size 3 girls or size 5 womens. And I totally agree!! Butterflies, glitter, ans flowers are on so many! Wait, don’t forget hearts! I’ll definitely be looking at Target this week!

  • Shannon - I thought I had small feet! Well, in my family I do. I wear a 6 or 6 1/2. I wear workboots almost daily but I bought them in little boys size 4.5 because they were cheaper lol. My 8 year old son now borrows them when he goes to the farm with Daddy. He just outgrew his. I will probably get myself a new pair and let him finish destroying these before he needs a new size lol.

  • tiffani - also, when you wear converse, your feet don’t look like boats; my size (women’s 8 1/2) however, does!! those flats are awesome! what about gap kids clearence shoes?? i bet once in a while you could luck up there!!

  • Fee - I can totally relate!! I wear a 2.5 or sometimes even a 2… And believe me: In Germany it’s even harder to find shoes in this size. And I really like your dotted kids shoes :)!

  • amanda torres - Holy Moly! 2.5 in girls. You need to take a pic of your bare feet next to Biggest Bro and see if we can pick out who’s who!

  • the whyte house - What? You don’t like justin bieber’s face on your shoes? Now you’re just being picky. πŸ™‚ my son wears extra wide shoes. While the sizes are easier to find at shoebuy.com, he’s in an 11…and he’s almost 4. His 5 year old sister wears the same sz, minus the extra wide. Everything has to be purchased online when it comes to his feet. Stride rite’s for his sz start at $45. And there’s no such thing as shopping clearance..if his shoes go on sale, they’re no longer available in his sz. Blech.

  • Michelle Donker - Read your blog for the first time yesterday and I really appreciated that perspective on things. I am currently staying at home with the kids and I sometimes get frustrated at all those little things. Thx.

  • Danielle - See now I have the opposite problem. I wish target carried cute shoes in bigger sizes. Most of the shoe stores seem to think that if you are bigger then a 9 half sizes don’t matter anymore also. So I either have to get shoes that are too big or too small!

  • Nancy LaCoursiere - I have just started reading your blog in the past few months and really enjoy it! I have 2 boys and a girl, same order as you! So, I can totally relate to the Lego thing and at 15 and 13, they still have them up in their room! Also, loved the swords your boys made your daughter, so did my kids, had to show them! ?

  • angie webb - I have small feet, too! I wear a little girls size 3. Woman’s size 5. I agree with you. Shoes are size are hard to find. Seems most stores only carry a woman’s size 6.

  • Caroline K - My friend has small feet too and she can get designer shoes at Nordstrom’s for half the price of the adult ones. Jessica Simpson and Micheal Kors both make shoes that look adult in kids sizes.

  • Taylor - First of all I think it’s AWESOME that the author left a comment!

    Second i’m a little jealous of your little feet. After my daughter I am up to a size 10 in women’s! It’s hard to find shoes that fit right! Plus those ones you’re wearing in the picture I want…bad!

  • Kandace - I wear an 11 and my 12 year old cousin wears a 13. We feel your pain..just on the opposite end!

  • Nicole - I have big feet – equally as insufferable as small feet I feel.
    And our boys LOVE Shark vs. Train – how cool that the author left a comment for you! Fun book!

  • Suzanne D - Ha ha! I wear size 10/11 in womens shoes. I am usually envious of the ladies that have the “cute little feet” and can wear all of the cute stuff. You definitely have “cute little feet” but I never would have thought about you having a hard time finding shoes just like me! I never realized that I have been stereotyping feet! I wish you luck finding little girl shoes without glitter – we have trails of glitter from little girl shoes in our house!
    Congrats on the author comment. You earned cool points with me too!

  • Gevay - You make me smile! It’s so cool that an author commented on your blog! You’re famous! πŸ™‚

  • jami nato - i have snausage feet, so i can not relate to this post. haha. 2.5? redonkulousness.

  • ashley jensen - Wow 2.5! Hmmm, what size would that be in womens? I saw some flats in the little girl’s section one day that I really liked but the biggest size was the tiniest bit too small. I used to wear 6.5-7 but since I had my daughter the are more 7-7.5!!! I usually stick to Payless and buy them when they are on clearance for $4 or $7.

  • Katrina - I feel for you. I have the opposite problem. My feet are too big for cute shoes. And this is made more complicated by the fact that my left foot is half a size bigger than the right. I wear a 10 on the right and a 10 1/2 (which they don’t make) on my left. And of course you can’t mix and match sizes. Hmm. That’s an idea… Offer to mix and match sizes for the weirdos like me. On the bright side, we both have alternatives. You have the little girls’ shoes and I have mens. Ha. Best of luck on your shoe journey.

  • Kelly - I love that Chris Barton commented. πŸ™‚ Fun! Kelly

  • Kelli - I have to say, I have always been envious of small feet. See I’m a tall girl, and I wear a women’s size 12 shoe. You think tiny shoes are hard to find, try finding giant shoes. I have to buy at Payless or online, Target (like most shoes) only carries to a 10.5/11. I used to be very self-conscious about my big feet, but my mom always told me that if I had little feet I would tip over from my height πŸ™‚ She is a blessing. Glad to hear that sometimes it is just because we are on the edge of the “normal spectrum” – and that’s alright by me πŸ™‚

  • Katie - That is so awesome about the author leaving a comment! I am sure that you didn’t start out wanting to be an inspiration to others but you ARE!!!

  • Roxana - My son and I love that book, too! So cool that Chris Barton saw your blog! (My feet are small for my height but a very popular size which makes buying shoes hard….there are usually never any left on sale.)

  • Rebecca - I have the problem – only opposite…I have HUGE feet haha. Yes, my feet were bigger than yours by grade 1…by Grade 4 I was a size 6, which wasn’t fun when I was 10 and had to go to the “ugly women’s section” and now it’s very hard to find nice (or any for that matter) in a size 11 haha, I generally have to spend WAY more than I would like on something nice…BOO for non average feet haha

  • Ruth - I too am insanely jealous of your cute little feet! Even the prettiest shoes end up looking like awkward boats on my (impossible to find) size 10.5 clodhoppers. Reading the comments today has made me laugh…I guess there are downsides to every size!

  • Casey - I had to giggle when I read this because I thought I was the only adult who could wear a 2.5 shoe in little kids. I’ll think of you every time I purchase shoes now! I often order mine online but I catch myself @ target buying cute little girl flats and I love that I can buy kids tennis shoes. SO MUCH CHEAPER!

  • Dana L - that is such a good idea! i love those flats you got and i will be heading to target to find them! i have small feet but not that small! Hopefully I can find them in my size and you can’t beat the price!

  • caro - i’m opposite, here in Chile there isn’t large size for women, so i have to use man shoes all the time, the good is there are comfortable, ugly but comfortable. Great post! Everyday read the blog and hope your comments. I read it in the morning so i start everyday with a smile. Thanks for that.

  • BriBedell - I am a very petite lady too. Only 5 foot. So I too can appriciate the target little kids shoe section!!

  • Sorcha - Try zappos.com in the kids section. It’s free shipping to you and BACK to them if they don’t fit!

    Love your blog!
    Sorcha

  • Lesley - That is so cool that the author not only saw your post but left a comment!! Nice! No worries on the stretched out shoes, sorry about staining some of your shirts!

  • kylahailstone - Lol, i have the same issues. My feet aren’t quite as small but I by boys shoes.And son’t even get me started on pants :}

  • Leigh - I always notice that Ross has tons of shoes in the small sizes. I notice this because I have a BIG foot and they NEVER have a big selection for me πŸ™‚

  • nicole - I have size 5 feet. I can never find shoes either. πŸ™

    I’m going shopping with my girlfriends this weekend, so I’m going to be on the hunt for some shoes that might just fit!

  • Rachel Barker - Girl. I am right there with you. I wear a 5 in women’s and a 2 in kids. Converse works, but they aren’t super comfortable, so I end up special ordering most of my shoes at Aldo. Abercrombie kids has great sandals and flip flops, though!! Happy shoe shopping!

  • Kristen Perreault - That is SO cool about the author comment! I have added it to our library wish list- I am sure that my little one would love it!

    All day yesterday I kept being reminded of your post every time I would start to get frustrated with a mess or a pile of _________ (fill in the blank here) cluttering up the house. Thank you so much for sharing such a refreshing perspective… I too wouldn’t want to think about a life without my mess creators! That would be just too much to bear…

  • kristy taylor - well… you can look at it this way.. on more than one occasion i have lamented over how CUTE the girls shoes are & how LAME the women’s are. i am a 9.5/10 in womens & sometimes can’t get the shoe that i want because i’m apparently average & everyone else wants them… πŸ™‚

  • Heather - i saw those cute shoes at target and sighed that they didn’t make them in big foot size. i have the opposite problem. with each baby my feet grew a little more. now i’m left with feet slightly smaller then skis. πŸ˜‰

  • Lori Danelle - Ha! I LOVE getting to wear girls shoes. CHEAPER!!

    AND I often find myself browsing the girls section of clothes as well. My favorite it crewcuts β€” J.Crew’s kid line. Their pants are often the same as the women’s, but cheaper. A lot cheaper. Plus I’m addicted to their sale items. It’s a bit of a problem. Somehow I figure that since it’s so cheap, I need to buy a lot of it.

    *sigh.

  • Martina - I never would have guessed a girls’ 2.5 shoe is similar to a womens’ 5.5! I’ll admit, I’ve bought XL shirts and hoodies a few times from the girls dept. (I wear a womens small or XS.) As long as they’re cut long and lean (and not short and wide as is sometimes the case) no one can tell. Except that the sleeves are usually a little short. Rambling…sorry.

  • Mindy Harris - your blog is the most amazing one out there. garsh! you & meg’s are my favorite.
    i entered all the giveaways but how do i see the winners. i’m dumb.
    also, hi from wichita! πŸ˜‰

  • Kate S. - As someone with very long, narrow feet (I wear a size 11, but need a width closer to whats found in a size 9 1/2), I feel your pain.

    In addition to having difficulty finding shoes that fit my special combination of a long and narrow, I find that so many of them have 3″ heels or, sometimes higher! I love a good pair of heels, but at 6′ tall I hardly need to be adding 3″ to my height!

    I almost never shop for shoes in stores anymore. There are several stores online that cater to unusual-to-wear sizes and they have become my go-to sources. If you ever decide to shop online, though, I highly recommend you get a professional shoe sizing at an upper-end shoe store first. They’ll give the correct width and length measurements you’ll need.

  • Tyler Garrett - Had a friend who had really small feet. She always found great deals on Dr. Martins and stores like Last Chance and other places because the smaller sizes were always left over. Though I don’t know if her feet were as small as your are. Small feet are cute, though!

  • kate - i too have been shopping in the little boy section for years… now my 9 and 11 yr old wear my size… i must make do before they pass me by!

  • Emily Langston - We LOVE this book. It is a frequent read to my 2 year old.
    And how come I ALWAYS see the cutest shoes in the clearance aisle that are size 5? I wear a 7 and pretty much have to ALWAYS pay full price for shoes… along with every other 7 shoe wearer!!

  • Alison - I also feel your pain but on the other end of the spectrum. I wear a size 12. Most stores stop at 10 or 11. The more expensive stores carry a wider range of sizes and there is always online shopping, but I like to try them on first when I can. I end up buying men’s shoes (size 9 1/2) for athletic shoes and hiking boots. 12 is better than 11 1/2. Most makers don’t do 1/2 sizes that big for some reason.

  • Dawn - I completely understand! I also wear a 5.5, and people don’t understand how hard it is to find shoes! None of the stores in our mall even sell them!

  • misti - I too “suffer” from little 5 1/2 feet:)
    My mom and sister are a “huge” 7 1/2!
    so i have never been able to share shoes with them. but my hubby loves my small feet;)

  • Trista - Hello, I don’t think I’ve ever commented. I don’t have kids (…yet), but I love to read your blog. Thanks for the everyday inspiration.

  • Nicole@FarmgirlChaos - Ugh. Shoes and I have a love/hate relationship. I too have wide feet…but big feet. I usually wear a 10 if they are wide enough. But if not, I must go to an 11….then they slip off my feet as I walk. It’s probably just as hard {if not harder since men’s shoes just aren’t as cute as little girl/boy shoes} to find cute/comfortable/functional shoes. But I still love cute shoes!

  • Suzanne - Me too, me too! I wear a women’s 5, and how I would love to be able to go shoe shopping and actually come away with a pair of shoes!

  • ruth@gracelaced - You have a theme this week. Big bird is right, sometimes it’s easy being big, sometimes it’s easy being small…it all depends on how you look at it. and whether you like glitter. πŸ™‚

  • Leanne - I wish I had your problem!! I wear size 9 and they rarely have that size when I find a shoe that I like..at least you can look at the little girls section too!!

  • Candice Forte - Wow! I understand! My aunt has like size 5 feet. I think she orders shoes out of a Clarks catalog because they fit her feet best. She is 4’11” or something like that! I can’t believe you have tiny feet because you didn’t seem very short when I met you. I mean you are teeny, but usually that doesn’t mean teeny feet!:)
    I used to be able to buy shoes in the kids section, too, but not since having a baby. My feet are clod-hoppers now! I am totally going to have to get the Shark Vs. Train book!!! That looks like an AWESOME boy book!

  • megan - I have been known to buy boys 5s as well.

  • Natalie - I have small feet too! 5.5. And I agree, while it is nice to shop in the girls section to save costs, I could do without the glitter, flowers and pink on occasion. Love your blog, keep it up!

  • Lauren - I saw those at target and wished I could fit into them! Adorable. And so are you.

  • Abby - awwwww *love* this post…specially the big bird ending πŸ™‚

  • JoLynn - My mom and sister{s} suffer from this same problem! When they find shoes that fit, they have been known to buy multiple pairs so that when one pair wears out, they have a back-up. πŸ™‚ Those Target slip-ons are cute! Bonus if you find cute shoes, they are cheaper!!

  • Amy - I know how it feels to have small feet!! I can wear a girls 3. They really do need to have some glitter free options!!

  • Chanda - I have the complete opposite sentiment towards sparkley girl’s target shoes! Make them bigger!!

  • Kat - I’ve always wanted SMALLER feet! At a narrow 9, I feel like I have big ol’ clown feet when I wear skinny jeans and shoes πŸ˜› I always thought a size 7 would be perfect – the Goldilocks of shoe sizes.

  • Tammy - Sweet little bitty teeny tiny feet – probably just as cute as you! I have always wondered who in the world could fit into the section labeled “5 & Under” on the sale rack and have visions of folding my toes under just to wear some – the pain could be worth such a great deal!!

  • Sara W - I can SO relate. I wore a size 5 1/2 until I had my second son and then my feet grew a little bit and now I am actually a six most of the time.

  • Caity - I totally feel your pain! I wear a size 3 in little girls (sometimes a 2 1/2:) I usually go to Justice, which is a little girl store we have here in Houston, for shoes. I know some 1st and 2nd grades with bigger feet than me. But sometimes its fun to get a great pair of light up glitter shoes πŸ™‚

    Ps. This is my first non-giveaway comment! I just had to let you know that you’re not alone!

  • Julie B - I love picking up a cheap pair of tennis shoes from the boys section. Such a money saver! Totally jealous that you can buy the little girl ones though. My mom wears 5-5.5 too. I hated not being able to wear her shoes!!

  • Jeannette - I knew your feet were small, but didn’t know they were that small – that would be a challenge! Cute shoes!!

  • Ann - I’m a 5 1/2-6. And you have to check out http://www.garnethill.com, they have the most adorable floral leather thong sandals from sizes 10-4 kids for only $28 until March 22nd. I’m getting a pair! Also check out kids Uggs, they are $40-$50 cheaper than buying the adult version. You’d be about a 3 1/2 or size 4 in those. You win some/you lose some.

  • Kristy C - I love how children’s books state the truth so simply

  • Sarah Doerfler - I know what you mean! I wear a size 5 lady’s shoe, and it is a killer trying to find shoes! I was once told by someone trying to help me find shoes that I should start by asking what they carry in size 5 and then decide what I like (not the other way around)…I think the only other gal with a size 5 foot in town buys them before i get to the store:) My sis is the same size too, and she also didn’t like me wearing her shoes in high school – hers are narrow, mine are wide. Love my kids’ Converse too!! Wearing my dark blue ones right now:) love your blog!

  • amy - That is my four year old’s favorite book! That’s all πŸ™‚

  • Sandy a la Mode - holy crap!! i am going to go to target and look for those shoes and see if i can fit in them!! they are adorable!!!

  • Alina Koval - this is the cutest post yet! cute, small feet-i L O V E it.

  • Neva - I have small, wide feet too. If I didn’t live in New Zealand, we could share! There are lots of Chinese and Korean immigrants in Auckland… which means huge competition for small shoes!

  • Kae - i also have very small feet & agree with everything you said! i think we may be the same size. size 5. it’s hard! but we do get lucky on those moments we can get something so cheap at the girls section!

  • Natalie - Ashley, I love your blog and have been meaning to tell you about a new product made especially for individualizing your plastic bricks. You post so often about your children’s love for Legos that I am sure these would be a hit in your house! They are called BrickStix. My nephew, an avid lego builder, dreamt up the idea. Check it out at brickstix.com.

  • Colleen - I wear a 2.5 too! AND I just bought those same shoes! It is like we are Shoe Soul Sisters, which is a very rare occurrence for those of us that are small-footed.

    Sometimes when my husband or one of my friends are having a bad day, I will purposely go put on the most obnoxious pair of hot pink, rainbow brite, lights-up-on-the-bottom-when-you-walk shoes. Cheers ’em up every time.

    You kinda made my day with this post. And for that, I would let you raid my size 2.5’s any day.

  • Becca - I have the same problem but the opposite. I’m size 11. So are my sisters- and my sister is a better shoe shopper than me, when I borrow her shoes I stretch them out because I have wider feet also. I can totally relate-don’t even get me started with jeans not being long enough!

    I love, love, love your blog. I think we’re kindred spirits. I just had my first baby-a girl and the colors I love are so similar to yours. I love how you dress your little girl. You’re definitely an inspiration to me. You have so many great projects. I love your creativity and the way you express and model your faith and values for your little ones.

  • julie m - yep…my 7 year old wears a size 3 kids and a size 5 womens…

  • Amanda M. - I have super small feet also! I feel your pain, I’ve been on the hunt for rain boots and well I am 27 and do not want to wear disney princesses on my boots. πŸ™‚ I finally broke down and paid $50 for a really awesome pair that were a size 6 (look out)! HAHA. But I totally almost bought the flowery slip ons while I was in target looking! I <3 them, but totally agree…there needs to be smaller sizes for us lil feet gals! πŸ™‚