shoe debacle

The girls needed some new shoes and really I dread taking them all to a shoe store, so I usually just buy online. There are usually better deals online so I can get what I want for cheaper, sometimes MUCH cheaper.

example 1: Greta wears about a size 9.5 or 10. She needed new boots. So I bought her some See Kai Run boots online in a size 10. They were last year’s style so they were on clearance. They get here and are too small. Of course size 11 is not available, so I can’t just order the next size up. I decide I might as well save them for Eloise or Beatrice since they were much cheaper than all the other boots I could find.

example 2: Stride Rite is having a great sale. Most of the shoes are marked down pretty low and then there is an online coupon for an additional 25% off. Greta definitely need sneakers and Eloise wanted a new pair of shoes as well. The shoes I order for Greta are totally fine. Eloise doesn’t need sneakers, but there are some on sale, so I order them in the next size up. She has some Stride Rite brand sneakers in a size 8, so I order a size 9, thinking they will be for spring or summer. I also ordered Eloise a pair of mary jane sneakers in size 8.5. They arrive. The size 9 sneakers of the same brand are the same length as the size 8 sneakers we already have. Eloise doesn’t need new sneakers, so now I need to either return them or exchange them or save them for Beatrice.

I thought I had learned from Greta’s boot experience to only buy brands that I knew what size to buy and it turns out that isn’t the case. So internet, tell me, do you buy your kids’ shoes in the store? or online? How do you buy shoes that actually fit them? And how do you get the best deal? Is there really this much variation in the actual brand or do we think the stride rite shoes are mislabeled? What am I doing wrong?

2 thoughts on “shoe debacle

  • December 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I have the same problem, so I only buy shoes when the kids are with me, and we can try them on, which usually involves buying expensive shoes at the kids’ shoe store (Eldridge’s). I will say that we usually then get a lot of wear out of them, and last year, Katherine’s foot didn’t grow for a year, so it was worth the extra money to buy shoes that actually fit her. However, we did spend a bunch of money on some Tsukohoshis for Ben, and the front flap came off three months after we bought them, and the store wouldn’t take them back, and neither would the company. Needless to say, we bought Stride Rites the next time. I used to find great deals on shoes at the PRSM (twins sale), and the One Week Boutique (like never-worn stride rites for $5), but then I’d get them home, and they didn’t fit, so I stopped even looking in the shoe section at those sales so I’m not tempted by the great brands at really great prices!

  • December 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Claire has been wearing different sizes of the same pink Velcro Converse since she was about 18 months old. Charlotte has some too. I like them because they’re easy to put on/off, playground-worthy, and they hold up pretty well. I have machine washed them, even. They’re not TOO expensive and Claire at least has worn each pair until they fall apart (MONTHS).

    I also sometimes shop at the Nordstrom Clearance Store, whatever that’s called. They always seem to have SUPER CUTE kids shoes for about $20 and I just take the kids with me, size them while we’re there and DONE. I have only actually done that twice though.

    And sometimes the gmas buy them shoes but honestly those are more dress up shoes and not play shoes.

    Converse, though. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Zappos!

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