Another Shopping Tip

by Kelsey Norwood

in Shopping

baby shoesI am pretty consistently incensed at the price of kid’s shoes. I go to the store and think – ARE YOU SERIOUS? FOR KID’S SHOES!!! The prices are outrageous. I am a resourceful woman, however, and have come up with two perfectly acceptable solutions to the evil that is overpriced kid’s shoes.

My favorite solution is to find kid’s shoes at yard sales. I have found several pair of practically brand new shoes for my son and paid an average of $.50. Now that’s buying price, folks.

The other solution is the brilliant shopping tip. I trace Joel’s feet and carry the paper in my purse so if I find a pair of shoes on sale I can get the right size. Shoes on sale go quickly – I don’t want to miss out on the sale because I got the wrong size, and it seems like every pair of kid’s shoes is sized differently so just knowing a number doesn’t always work.

This isn’t quite as necessary for adult shoes since sizes are more standardized, but I have found it helpful a few times, especially if I’m asking someone else to get a pair of shoes for me. I asked my Grandma to pick up a pair of Locals flip-flops in Hawaii last time she was there, and I had no idea how those would be sized, so I gave her a piece of paper with my foot drawn on it. She brought me back a pair of Locals that fit perfectly.

Ooh, and some other good shoe news!!! I have recently discovered that companies like Candies and Mudd now make their shoes in size 11! This is a new development – I know because I used to get really irritated that those brands never had my size.

Fellow big feet? Shoe manufacturers are getting smarter. We can buy cute shoes now, too!


1 JanScholl September 11, 2008 at 12:09 am

The local stores don’t carry 1/2 sizes for women over 8. I used to be an 8 until I started running. Then became an 8 1/2 and the more miles I did, the larger my shoes size. Plus I wear a narrow. So I live in running shoes or bare feet-sucks.

2 Jeri September 11, 2008 at 6:36 am

I’ve thought about getting yard-sale shoes for the kids but I worry about it. I had shoes that were broken in to someone elses feet once and they made my arches hurt. Do you think that would happen to little kids? I know they’re lighter, but I worry about their growing feet.

If you see a good shoe sale, let me know. BOTH my kids need shoes!

3 Dawna September 11, 2008 at 7:09 am

What a great idea to carry a paper pattern for a shoe size. I had never thought of that!

4 Karrin September 11, 2008 at 7:47 am

Thanks for the great tip about tracing feet. I never would have thought of that. Now I’m ready to go shoe shopping.

5 kimberlee September 11, 2008 at 9:26 am

Holy cow, woman! 11?! How tall are you?? Thanks for that cool tip about tracing feet. ;) I wonder if it will actually save me time of having my kids take off their shoes and trying on different pairs. I just don’t have time for that! :P

6 Shauna September 11, 2008 at 1:16 pm

I love getting my girl’s shoes at consignment shops and (I just got 6 pairs of boy shoes for $30, which included 2 See Kai Runs!!!! I LOVE them!!!) plus that way you get to see pictures before you venture out to someone’s house.

7 The Mommy September 12, 2008 at 8:05 am

The cutest shoes for women can be found on the Japan Craigslist site – I kid you not. I only wear a size 5, but manufacyurers also think that no one has feet smaller than a 6, so I feel your pain!

8 syeda September 12, 2008 at 11:29 am

that is such a great idea. I remember recently I went to shopping for shoes for my neice who is a year old. I really loved some of the shoes but all of them were so expensive. especially for kids who are growing at a fast pace. Guess what, I came back and still waiting for those shoes to go on clearance sale maybe.

9 Becky Smith September 12, 2008 at 12:47 pm

I love, love, love the idea of tracing your kid’s feet (since I prefer to not take them shopping with me!) Also, I feel your pain, I also have big feet and it is hard to find cute shoes…they either don’t have them or don’t stock very many so they are sold out quickly in the bigger sizes!

10 Tammy September 13, 2008 at 9:36 am

I wear the same size shoe and pretty much only shop at Payless Shoe Store.
BTW I am having a giveaway on my blog this weekend…if you would like to stop by!

11 Kimberly R September 15, 2008 at 9:08 am

Tracing feet works wonderful – I still do it occasionally. I am a pretty solid size 9 – I would love to be a 6.5 like my daughter – she can always fine awesome shoes at awesome prices. She really should thank her father and I. lol

12 Stephanie September 15, 2008 at 12:04 pm

I am totally with you on the price of shoes my daughter is not really into shoes yet but i have gotten a few pairs and i could not believe the price. That is a great idea to trace their feet to make sure and get the right size. Thanks for the tip.

13 Jenny McGee September 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Shoe prices are crazy for kids and adults. I try and go to Payless Shoes for my kids, they are a little cheaper there. Tracing feet is a good idea too.

14 TinaJewel September 15, 2008 at 1:43 pm

That is such a neat idea about keeping the childs shoe size drawn out to take with you! I love it!

15 Amy :) September 15, 2008 at 9:58 pm

What a great idea, I am so going to trace my son’s foot! He’s desperately in need of some new shoes for this fall, and Daddy wants to get him some that are $35. They’re very cute, but still – I don’t pay that much for my own shoes!

16 Baba - Deborah Sloan September 16, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Great idea, thanks. Kids feet grow so fast.

17 Amy Rhoads September 16, 2008 at 1:21 pm

That is the greatest tip I have ever had on shoe shopping for kids. I too am outraged at those prices and refuse to pay full price. Thanks so much for the tip.

18 Regina Jones September 19, 2008 at 9:49 am

what a great idea to carry a paper pattern of kids feet. I will do that for sure. I think it is a conspiracy on kids shoes and the prices. It is just insane to pay that much for something they will only be able to wear for a few months.

19 Meshellyn September 19, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Tracing is an ingenious idea! I bought my Little Miss some shoes at a consignment sale the other day, in her next size up… haha. I brought them home and they are ridiculously huge compared to her size 5 shoe size… I guess shoe sizes, like clothing sizes, vary from brand to brand too! And if I find a good deal on shoes on clearance, I snatch them up, I figure we’ll wear them someday, if not maybe the next kiddo will!

20 Heather September 21, 2008 at 8:46 am

That is awesome idea about carryinga pattern of there show never would have thought of that. I don’t garage sale, but I don’t buy my 3 yo shoes anywhere but payless and I usually will wait for the BOGO sale, so I can get them cheaper.
Prices on kid things are stupid why should I pay the same price for a shirt for my 3yo that I would pay for myself.

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