Okay - I did think that they were gorgeous, however, they were slipper boots: meaning they were soft sole...and...hello!...we live in Nebraska! (and I KNEW she'd be wearing them to school).
...a lightbulb went off...I've had these perfectly comfortable KEDs tennis shoes (all broken in) but "looking" broken in...so I knit a fair isle upper in Caron Bliss and a turqoise sport yarn which no longer had a label (from my stash)...knitted feverishly...lined the upper in bright pink stretch fleece...stitched and glued it to the shoes and ... VOILA! A slipper boot that is more a boot and less a slipper. Was she happy? Ya think?