Shoe shopping one extreme to the other…


This weekend marks the start of National shoe fitting week and as luck would have it two of my three children have required new shoes. It’s always a chore that fills me with dread not least because of the thought of three children in a small store screams of havoc, but quite honestly because of the hefty price tags. So to get away with two out of three this month was a bonus!

Despite balking at the expensive shoes and exclaiming that I wouldn’t spend that on myself it’s an area I have never felt comfortable scrimping on, they have one pair of shoes each and a pair of wellies, so unlike my shoes, theirs really are being put through the paces.

So off we went to get them measured no 3 was easy despite me not liking the girl options and choosing a boys pair it was still my final decision and at £54 I needed to like them! Great experience, I’m more than confident they were fitted properly, and she left very happy and comfortable.

Unfortunately for the first time no 1 age 6 declared he didn’t like any option and just wanted trainers, agggh I’m losing control!! We were shown some trainer shoe options which were ok but still carried the hefty price tag and I couldn’t help but think is now the time to move to sports direct cheap Nike’s? I know not a question I thought I would be asking myself but here I am I could save about £30 and he would wear them. Not ideal but I managed to justify it by the fact he also wears his school shoes five days a week. Off we went to sports direct it still took another twenty min of chopping and changing his mind but we did leave with a pair of trainers we both liked.

I’m still not convinced I have done the right thing so sought out some advice from Kim Duncan the lovely owner of Treehouse in Stockbridge Edinburgh.

Children’s feet are like small bonsai trees, they will become misshapen if restricted. Ill-fitting shoes, hosiery, even Babygro’s that are too small, can restrict normal development. The bones in the feet do not fully ossify/develop until around the age of 17, but it is in the first 10 years that feet are most at risk and should be regularly measured and monitored, and shoes fitted professionally. No two gauges, two shoes or two feet fit the same, i.e. a child’s size 9 (or 27) in one style, has a different inside volume to another style in the same size and brand. So, find a specialised shoe shop like Treehouse with a qualified shoe fitter, and allow them to use their extensive knowledge to give your child a professional fitting service. It doesn’t cost any more, but it could save them a fortune in remedial care and discomfort later in life.

As a result I will be insisting that even if he doesn’t particularly like the shoe he will be wearing it until he is at least ten!!


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