The Internet Freaks Out Over High Heels For Babies, Because, Ew

US brand, Pee Wee Pumps, has created quite a stir with their line of baby footwear

 

We all remember it. Rummaging in your mom’s closet as a child for the perfect pair of high heel shoes, dress, and matching jewellery to prance around in for the afternoon. Dress up was so much fun! But that’s all it was; make-believe amusement for kids. 

However, when a company called Pee Wee Pumps introduced a line of high heel shoe apparel for infants up to the age of six months, dress up went from harmless play to unfit fashion.

Pee Wee Pumps is a company based out of Greenburg, Pennsylvania that sells “high fashion” high heel crib shoes for baby. According to owner Michele Holbrook, Pee Wee Pumps aims to create fashionable miniature high heels for fashion-forward moms to dress their infant daughter in. Coming in six different colours and patterns, these baby shoes are soft and flexible with an adjustable strap to fit comfortably.

No. Just no.

High heels for infants sounds positively absurd. Whatever happened to babies just being babies? Why the need to try and make them look like an adult? This “trend” is absolutely ridiculous and, even though this soft infant footwear is not meant for walking (they have a collapsible heel), these shoes that mimic adult pumps should not be imposed on infants. Period.

And we're not the only ones who feel that way. The launch of this product has sparked a great deal of outrage on Facebook, where many vocalized their concern for the over-sexualisation of young girls. Many commented on the Pee Wee Pumps Facebook Page regarding the issue. “This is not ok,” wrote Melissa Balinksi. Barrow Owen described it as the "Whorization of little girls! I will definitely avoid this brand." 

Meanwhile, others responded more positively to the collection, which shows babies dressed in tutus. Ronita E. Pitts said, "ADORABLE!!! I don't know why they are making a BIG Deal?? It's not like they will be walking in them".

Holbrook explains on the site that the product was created in response to the “ever-growing popular demand for 'high-fashion' in infant apparel". This isn’t a valid reason. Babies aren’t “divas” and have zero need to make fashion statements. In short, to try and dress a baby like an adult is completely unnecessary and frankly a little creepy. 

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