Most of us wear shoes every day.  We wear them for a multitude of reasons and shoes provide us with a barrier between our precious feet and the world.  Shoes give us protection from injury, they can give us support and comfort and they can offer us a sporting advantage – think of light-weight running shoes or grippy football boots.

We humans are not the only creatures to wear shoes

Horses wear shoes to protect their hooves. A professional called a Farrier will attach the shoe (which is normally a curved piece of metal) to the horse’s hoof with small nails.  Don’t worry, a horse’s hoof is made of the same material as your finger nails and the nailing in of the shoe does not hurt the horse.

Some working dogs wear shoes too.  Dogs in the military and dogs that help to rescue people often wear special boots that protect their sensitive paws from unexpected dangers.  Some pampered pooches even wear booties as a fashion statement!

Can you think of any other animals that wear shoes?

Image: Pixabay

Image: Pixabay


Shoe Baby – Joyce Dunbar and Polly Dunbar

Shoe Baby is a magical adventure story.  It tells the tale of a baby who hides in a shoe and goes on a fantastical journey.  The shoe is more than just a simple shoe; it’s a boat, a car and even a plane.  The shoe even becomes a venue for tea with royalty.

Then we discover that Daddy is missing a shoe and Mummy is missing a baby.  Could they be looking for our adventurous protagonist?

This book is a beautiful collaboration between Mother/Daughter, author/illustrator team Joyce and Polly Dunbar.  The illustrations are particularly delightful and use many different patterns and textures and the story uses rhythm and rhyme to engage the reader.

Book cover for Shoe Baby
Book cover for New Shoes

New Shoes – Vivian French

New Shoes is part of The Buttons Family series that deals with new and sometimes scary experiences for children. 

All the children of the Button family are complaining that their feet hurt, so Mum decides to take them to get new shoes.  His sisters are excited, but Charlie does not want new shoes.  After much resistance, Charlie eventually listens to the lady at the shoe shop who asks him to listen to his toes. 

This book explains that children’s feet need room to grow and that getting new shoes can be fun.

Poor Duck has lost his new blue socks.  He looks in his box and asks his friends Fox and Ox, but no-one has seen his socks.  Duck waddles through the country-side until he comes across some clever peacock who points him in the right direction. 

This book uses Dr Suess like simple rhymes and beautifully soft-hued illustrations to take the reader on the journey with Duck to solve the mystery of the missing new blue socks.

Book cover for Have You Seen My New Blue Socks

Shoe Rhymes

Cobbler, Cobbler

Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two.

Half past two is much too late,

Get it done by half past eight.


Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two.

Stitch it up and stitch it down

And I’ll pay you a shiny crown


One, two, Buckle My Shoe

One, two, buckle my shoe.

Three, four, shut the door.

Five, six, pick up sticks.

Seven, eight, lay them straight.

Nine, ten, a big fat hen.

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Shoe Craft

You will need:


Markers, pencils or crayons

Hole punch

Shoe lace or yarn


Draw a boot shape onto your piece of cardboard.

Cut it out and punch holes to create eyelets.

Have your child decorate their boot.

Get your child to thread the shoe lace through the eyelets – threading is a fantastic way to improve fine motor skills.