February 29, 2012

Bronzed Baby Shoes

My children are all in their thirties, with children of their own, and sometimes I don't know how they survived. The media have informed us that toys from that era were painted with paint that may have contained lead, we shouldn't start feeding baby food until six months old so that digestive systems can be better formed to help prevent allergies and babies that are starting to walk do not have a need for stiff, high top, walking shoes, they don't have weak ankles.

Picture Source: www.SixWise.com

Among the shelves of thrift objects at my local GW Boutique, (Goodwill) I spotted these bronzed shoes attached to a marble base.

After seeing the bronzed shoes, that reminded me that my parents had my walking shoes bronzed. Of course, I have no idea where they are at the moment, I searched for them with no success, I must have stored them in a spot where I keep my special treasures. I can never remember where that spot is but, I have one.

My first child had her shoes bronzed, of course my mother purchased her first pair of stiff, high top, white leather shoes, unfortunately, my next two children won't have that keepsake, for some reason, I didn't bronze theirs. 

Does anyone still bronze baby shoes? 


  1. I did, I had both of my children's first pair of shoes bronzed. Perhaps, it is not in style anymore.

  2. I've never heard of having shoes bronzed, but I still have the girls' first shoes packed away in a box in the attic. Both of them had black patent. K's had flower shapes stitched on , and KL's had tartan bows on them.I looked at them recently and wondered where the time had gone.

  3. I wanted to have my son's shoes bronzed, but couldn't find anyone over here who did it or knew of it at the time. I might still have his shoes up in the attic - the next time he's home I'll let him venture up there to see.

  4. My patents had my baby shoes bronzed, too. And, like you, I put them somewhere so safe that I forgot where that somewhere is, lol. :)

  5. Umm *parents. Using cell- big thumbs and bad eyes.

  6. I do, until this moment I forget I have them. There in that special spot....somewhere in the treasures I keep.

  7. I just did a post on my genealogy blog about the bronzed shoes. Was searching to see if this tradition was still being carried on when I came across your blog.

    I'm a child of the 60s. My mother had my shoes bronzed. After 51 years, those shoes are still one of my mother's most treasured possessions.