I love Stride Rite shoes. I’m slightly addicted. They’re adorable, usually priced well, and Little Man doesn’t destroy them.
I’m a consignment shopper all the way when it comes to LM’s clothes, jackets, bedding, etc. I love coming home with a bag full of like-new clothing after spending only $50. I love that I’m aiding in the recycling of cloths and slightly reducing the production of new clothes, too.
Shoes are different though. I’m not saying I haven’t gotten awesome pairs of shoes from consignment sales and shops, because I have. I’ve even found shoes with tags still intact, which isn’t that surprising considering how quickly I know LM outgrows things. Sometimes before I remember about a certain outfit or shoe I had kept separate (because of how much I loved and and didn’t want to forget about it of course). Our mamma brains are great sometimes, huh?
LM’s been in the same shoes all summer. At the beginning of the summer, I made a trip to Stride Rite for them to measure his feet and I bought him two pairs of shoes. I had also bought two pairs of shoes at a consignment sale a few months earlier that would now fit since they were about the same size. It’s been several months and I was thinking it was odd that his feet hadn’t grown much.
The other day, I took the little inserts out of the shoe and compared them to his foot (while he writhed from the seeming pain of having to hold still for 2 seconds), and his foot had finally reached the red, where it said “see your fit specialist” or something like that.
Yesterday, when we made a trip to the mall, we managed to made it over to our favorite little shoe store before leaving. LM’s old shoes were a size 5. The guy measured his feet and announced “he’s a 6 and a half”.
Oops! So, he’s been wearing shoes a full size and a half too small for him for who knows how long. I rock.
You can imagine how bad I felt. Needless to say, I’ll try to stay a little more on top of his shoe size from here one out. I found a downloadable sizing chart online that I’ll use from now on so I can continue to avoid buying new, while staying on top of his correct shoe size.
On a positive note, LM can now wear the absolutely precious little work boots a friend gave me for my shower two years ago! Yay for not missing the boat on those special shoes I had set aside!