I had already put a pair of little girl's brown boots in my shopping cart at the thrift store, when Phoebe seized these little brown oxfords. She insisted that she wanted them, not the boots. I usually ignore such requests because she changes her mind back and forth about five times every time there's a decision. Literally every time.
But when I threaded ribbons in them instead of their brown laces, Phoebe and I were truly thrilled. We call them her "ribbon shoes" and she loves wearing them. Three dollars from the thrift store and a few minutes of lacing - I'm pleased!