Icklegen has ickle feet, as we discovered back in June, when I took her to have her feet measured for her first pair of shoes.
“Ah”, said the sales assistant, “She’s a size 3D – very small feet and narrow too – I don’t think we’re going to have any shoes in her size. Pre-walkers, maybe.” And she was right. There was nothing suitable for toddlers with size 3 feet who are already up and about on their feet. And no other kiddies’ shoe shop in the centre we had just trekked to especially for the occasion.
My heart sank. I had been so set on getting my little girl her first pair of “proper” fitted shoes. With the days getting cooler and wetter, I didn’t want her running around outside in her bare feet anymore, or in the tiny pair of fabric-soled slippers we had found for her. Something had to be done.
I called a couple of stores recommended by other mums at playgroup, but to no avail. Same old story, “She’s only a size 3…hmm”. Most littlies, it seems, are at least a size 4 when they start to toddle.
So, I sat down at home one evening with a nice mug of camomile tea and got to work on Google. And I found some really great online stores, with fabulous little shoes and sneakers for little feet of all different shapes and sizes. I finally settled on see kai run, an American brand, with an Aussie website bursting with vibrant choice for children of all ages. It has a wealth of information on little feet and shoes, and a seal of acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association (so must be good!) There is even a chart to print out so you can measure your little one’s feet at home. Not a bad idea, given that US sizings are different from those in Australia, although good luck using it. Icklegen couldn’t stay still for 10 seconds standing on a sheet of paper.
Determined not to mess up as a first-time toddler shoe-buyer, I decided to call customer care. When I explained Icklegen’s feet weren’t just small, but narrow, I was recommended a couple of models, and one stood out and said “buy me!”
“Stevie” in hot pink: thoroughly girly and utterly gorgeous. And also very practical for my little girl who likes to run around by the lake and get wet and dirty. So I ordered, and a few days later the sneakers arrived from Victoria, where see kai run have a retail outlet. And they were perfect in every way. Robust, colourful, washable…and, I hope, comfortable (well, Icklegen never complained !). So a few months down the line when her feet had grown (almost to a size 4), I bought another pair “Peyton”: trendy black-and-white polka-dot high tops in the sale. Scrumptious, and a bargain at the price!
Has anyone else out there had issues with ickle feet? Any suggestions to share?