The Little Man’s Catwalk Debut

On  Tuesday we were invited to the Start-Rite Press Party in South Bank, London. The Little Man was invited to model some shoes on the catwalk. It was an invitation I just couldn’t refuse. I’m not a shoe person myself but I love children’s shoes, and I knew the Little Man would be fantastic on the catwalk.

We took the train to London, Eldest Daughter came along too. We decided to go without the buggy! The Little Man is a great walker but he tends to run/wander off, so I used his harness and reins. Out of all my five children I’ve never used reins before, I just don’t like them, but I’ve never had a little monkey like the Little Man and I figured his safety is more important than me not liking walking him like a dog. It turned out it was a good idea, so much easier to get around and on and off transport without a buggy! The only time I had to carry the Little Man was when he fell asleep on the train home and I had to carry him to the taxi.

Eldest Daughter decided that we should have lunch at Wagamamas, so we did. It was the Little Man’s first trip to a proper restaurant (ok, hands up, I have taken him to Mc Donalds before!) and he was brilliant. He had chicken and noodles and cleared his plate. (well apart from the noodles that ended up in my bag which I stupidly left open right next to his chair)

The Little Man waiting for food and enjoying his noodles!

After lunch we headed up to the event and found they had given the Little Man my name and he had girl shoes to model. Ooops! The Little Man didn’t mind though, he loves shoes and it doesn’t matter if they are his sister’s, his dad’s, his mum’s, he’s always putting them on. These were lovely light blue brogue type shoes, so you couldn’t even tell they were really for girls.

Trying his shoes on

Then came the catwalk and the Little Man was a star, I’m sure you’ll agree. In this little video Eldest Daughter was holding the camera and he ran straight to her, as was the plan. What we didn’t plan was that he wouldn’t want to return to mummy afterwards.

As well as the modelling there was a lovely clown lady with balloons who kept the kids really entertained, food and drink and, of course, shoes.

We had a lovely day and would like to thank Beccie and Start-Rite for inviting us.
Disclaimer: I was invited to this event because Start-Rite Shoes are the sponsors of the School Days category of the Mad Blog Awards of which I am a finalist. The Little Man was given a voucher for a new pair of Start-Rite Shoes.


  1. March 29, 2013 / 10:25 pm

    wow it looks like he had fun! am am loving the shoes too!

    • March 30, 2013 / 10:30 pm

      he did, he loves being centre of attention 🙂 I'm sure he'll love going to pick his new shoes too.

  2. March 30, 2013 / 10:21 am

    Reins….I'm with you on those. I swore I wouldn't use them, but after Austin ran off and was nearly squashed by a van in a forecourt, I started using them 24/7. If you live in a busy, built-up area, and have an active, lively, curious child (who loves to run off), in my view reins are the lesser of two evils.

    • March 30, 2013 / 10:31 pm

      too true Nell! And thanks for making me realise I'd used the royal reign in my post, I've edited now

  3. March 30, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time, I'm sad that we were unable to make it

    • March 30, 2013 / 10:32 pm

      It is a shame we didn't get to meet, it was a fun day.

  4. March 30, 2013 / 1:20 pm

    Looks like you had fun! My daughter would have loved to get her hands on those shoes! Well done to him for eating in Wagamama too. I love it there, but my kids are way too fussy!

    • March 30, 2013 / 10:33 pm

      The Little Man does love his noodles, I'd have trouble finding something his older sister would eat though, she doesn't touch pasta or rice.

  5. March 30, 2013 / 4:09 pm

    We were invited to this event because of the Parents Broadcast Bloggers Network. We would have loved to have come and met you all but Grace was at school :(. It is lovely to see some photos of the event and see what a great time you had – your little man is so cute. Great story about Wagamamas too! Thanks for linking up to PoCoLo and for all your support 🙂 x

    • March 30, 2013 / 10:35 pm

      I'd have loved to have met you too, I couldn't take the girls because of school. I love PoCoLo 🙂

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