They’re an expensive business aren’t they?
I am big on making sure Boo’s shoes are the right size. I had a Saturday job at Clarks and Russell and Bromley when I was at college and university and I went on the shoe fitting courses so I know the deal. The bones in children’s feet are soft and if they wear ill-fitting shoes, it will affect their foot health for the rest of their lives.
I do have a bit of a gripe though.
I wish children’s shoe manufacturers and designers would make the bright baby shoes in bigger sizes.
One of my demands when I visit the shoe shop was that Boo would not wear black shoes until she goes to school. My thoughts were that she would have to wear black shoes enough then, so some lovely pink, coral, yellow-basically any colour but black, would be just the ticket.
However have you visited the shoe shops on the high street recently?
Once a child’s foot goes beyond an 8 and a half (26 in European sizes), there is very little choice in terms of colour or design.
They do try but I don’t think a three year old should be wearing this type of shoe.
It should be more like this one but guess what?
They only go up to a 6 and a half. Boo is in a size 10.
Thankfully, where I live in Warrington, there is an independent shoe shop called Pip, Squeak and Wilfred who stock Start-rite shoes but many, many other brands too including Lelli Kelly, Geox and Pom D’Api. They are qualified in foot care and measuring and, genuinely care about children’s feet.
(Our latest pair)
So much so that just before Christmas, I had to give in and get Boo black shoes as they were the only ones that would fit her still chubby little feet.
If it wasn’t for Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, I would have to shop for Boo’s shoes on the high street and that would be such a shame.
Children should have bright shoes not dull old black. The shop also run a loyalty scheme where you get a sticker on a card for every £10 you spend and when you get a full card, you get money off your next shoes. Even big high street brands can’t compare to that.
(Boo’s first year of shoes).
Please, please, please shoe manufacturers, make nice shoes in bigger sizes.
To find out more about different shoes available, visit
http://pipsqueaknwilfred.co.uk/ who have a mail order service if you don’t live near Warrington.
Please note this was not a sponsored post. We just love the shoes at Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.