Why didn't I think of this sooner....
Crash loves his shoes tied exceptionally tight. Seeing that
a. He can not tie his shoes independently
b. I never seem to get them tight enough
I have come to dread putting on shoes. We have tired velcro shoes and it result in a child flopping on the floor like a dead fish because he cannot possibly walk with shoes as loose as that. Then, I discovered
Carter's shoes with bungie laces. This was wonderful! Crash can pull the bungie as tight as his heart desires, as often as he likes.
Unfortunately, shoes wear out and I have been searching for a couple weeks for a replacement shoe with bungie laces. And, wouldn't you know it, not a single store in town has a pair. Seriously, I looked every where. Here comes the ah ha moment...
Buy the bungie laces and put them in a regular pair of shoes. Duhhh. 4.99 at Target solves the entire problem. They didn't have an online link, but here is a similar lace from amazon
Crash can give his own feet hugs again!