Tonight we put thick socks on Ian, wrapped his feet in a piece of fleece, and attached strips of padded moleskin to the inside of various places of the shoes. We put them on at dinner and then went out to our favorite bookstore to distract him and wear the kids out before bed. Ian did awesome getting around in the shoes! He can balance alone, crawl up steps, walk with one hand held, and is close to walking with no support! It's funny to watch...he looks like those little green toy soldiers in the Toy Story movie. He's pretty good at maneuvering around objects too.
Later, as we came home and put him to bed, he complained about his shoes being on. I knew tonight he wasn't hurting, he just didn't want them on. So I tucked him in and told him a story about his feet and his special shoes. He smiled and closed his eyes and seemed to accept it.
He's not woken up since.