Now that LO is walking well, she will move up to the next room at daycare in a few weeks. Daycare said she will need to wear shoes all day, the ones I have really aren't meant for all day usage.
I know a lot of parents recommend snearkers from Stride Rite, but I don't think we have somewhere local that sells this.
Has anyone bought them online, without getting LO measured? Is it safe to make a guess on size based on the shoes she is currently wearing? She's in size 5 now in other shoes, so I thought maybe get a pair of 5 and 6? What do you think?
I know there is a local shoe store near our house that carries stride rite, so you may be able to find them even if there isn't an actual stride rite store near your house. Sometimes company websites have a "retailer" that will list where their products are being sold in your area.
Although, I gotta agree with pp, the Target shoes are pretty nice. We also have a Nike outlet near where we live, so we get alot of DS's shoes there too!
I would recommend Stride Rite or any other shoe store that will measure LO's feet. Yes, Stride Rite is more expensive but I feel it's worth it to know LO is wearing the right size shoe and type for her feet. When they measured my LO last time we were there, she measured a size 4 extra wide. I would never have been able to buy the right size shoe on my own! Check the website for locations. We have a store near us that is independently owned, but sells Stride Rite.
Stride Rite also makes the in-between sizes. Zappos.com sells them as well. My DD has a pair that are mesh-like so she can wear them a long time and her little feet don't stink too bad, plus they're washable.
We also have two Stride Rite outlets near us though, so I'm a little spoiled in that department.
Stores like Famous Footwear will measure and they have Buster Browns on sale for really cheap right now. I just got DD a pair of sandals for $14.00, originally $27.99. I do love Stride Rite but our local store that sold them closed and the closest store is an hour away. When I get to the store I buy them but I have done well at Famous Footwear and even got some pink Nike sandals from Kohls.
I stopped buying Stride after DD started walking a lot better. But if you really want to buy from Stride Rite I just received a coupon in the mail. It's $10 off a $50 or more purchase. I can mail it to you if you want it.
I have bought most of my LO's shoes from stride rite because his feet are so wide and fat. I would recommend getting them sized because we are currently trying to return shoes that the sales person fit him in that did not fit that day but she garunteed that his foot would slim up when he began walking (he wasnt walking at that point). Now here we are with a pair of $65 dollar shoes that cant be returned and the manager said that the shoe should have never been put on DS foot. So be careful ordering them online
What makes Stride Rite nice is that their soles are flexible so that the little feet can still develop as naturally as possible.
I have bought a few shoes from Target, they sell really cute flexible shoes for kids, similar to Stride Rite, just not made of leather.
Recently, I discovered that Payless sells a shoe by Stride Rite. Same technology, etc. Just cheaper! The brand is SmartFit. I found this out because a friend gave them to me and my little girl WORE THEM OUT! She loved the way they felt and looked. I've been trying to replace them and started looking up the brand so that I could purchase another pair and it turned out that it was sold at Payless and the company behind it was Stride Rite...
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