Buying kids’ shoes

I take my kids to the shoe shop every month – usually, their feet haven’t grown but sometimes they will have gone up a whole size.  Now, I’ve been taking my son but his feet just haven’t been growing so there hasn’t been a need to get him new shoes – until now, as his shoes actually had proper holes in and were letting in water.  So yesterday afternoon, we went along and got him measured (half a size up) and got him to try on some shoes.  This is occasionally tricky – basically he wants exactly the shoes he has only slightly bigger and without holes.  This is rarely available so to begin with it is a delicate process of encouraging him to walk around the shop wearing a different pair of shoes until he decides he is happy and tells you so.

He was so pleased with these, he refused to take them off
He was so pleased with these, he refused to take them off

We go to Jimmy’s Shoes on the Essex Road.  The staff are SUPER with children and they have some great adult shoes as well.

The shoes have flashing lights (perhaps a bit vulgar but my son loves them and they are great for spotting him in the dark).

Here they are
Here they are

Recently I also bought my daughter some new boots.  It isn’t really cold enough yet but I hope they will replace a pair of shoes that my daughter loves but are too small (I’m going to have to lose those, I think).  They look great with tights and leggings.

New boots
New boots

I also bought my daughter some slippers (which are not actually slippers but she doesn’t mind).  These were a BARGAIN – about £6 from Amazon.

New "slippers"
New “slippers”
The shoes I'm replacing - these are just plain too small (plus not suitable for winter)
The shoes I’m replacing – these are just plain too small (plus not suitable for winter)

After the shoe shop, we went to the playground for a few minutes.  My son told several people that he had new shoes so he was clearly pleased with them.  Good thing as they were £50.

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