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I'd feel grateful that someone wanted to do something nice for my child and I'd ask if they wanted to make a partial contribution towards the cost of the shoes.
If they can't afford the $50 then they can't afford it. Is there a cheaper pair they can buy? If it's a specific pair you're after then maybe you can split the cost. I know they said they'd pay for them and they could have handled it differently but unfortunately that's the way it is these days. Don't let it ruin your Xmas x
They can’t buy $49 shoes? Shit, they must be pretty poor
Rent $550 fortnight
Medication $50 fortnight for both some aren’t on pbs
Car to run
Bills to pay
Maybe they were thinking you'd buy them from budget department store & they wouldn't be that expensive.