It’s that time of the Summer holidays where everyone is thinking about buying new school shoes. We usually pop to our nearest Clarkes store, but this Summer we were invited along to Brantano to check out there shoe fitting service.
Ever since Miss A has been able to walk, I have always gotten her feet measured before buying new shoes. I think it’s very important to have correctly fitted shoes that aren’t going to damage feet whilst children are growing up, and I am well aware that in a few years it’s going to be a battle for me to get Miss A to wear correctly fitted shoes, hence wanting to give her the best start I can.
We have two Brantano stores near to us, both with a large selection of shoes. I didn’t realise one of the stores was actually there so it was a bonus to be able to go along and visit it for the first time.
We were greeted by friendly staff who invited us to take a seat to have Miss A’s feet measured. I didn’t realise that in Brantano there are plenty of shoe fitting boards for you to self measure, which I think is a great idea when the store is busy to get a head start, but it’s always a good idea to get the expert advice when the shoes are on the feet as well.
I had a vague idea of what Miss A’s shoe size and width might be, and it was almost spot on. She always seems to come up in a half size when we need to buy shoes, which can be a problem when choosing certain pairs if they aren’t available in half sizes. Miss A knows what she likes and as mentioned my requirement was they had to last. Ben, our shoe fitting expert directed me to the section on the shelves that had proper leather shoes rather than man made materials so they would be guaranteed to last a little longer. These little tips are so important when choosing new shoes so I was grateful of the advice.
We went through a few options of shoes based on what Miss A liked. One pair was too tight over the top of the shoe, one she didn’t feel were very supportive around the ankle although Ben advised us that the fit was good with the thumb gap at the edge and gaps between the feet and the shoe. The last pair Miss A liked I thought they hadn’t fit as well as the previous pair, but after discussing the ankle support with Ben and the length fitting we went with Miss A’s choice.
School shoes sorted it was time to move onto trainers. As Miss A is a half size, then we went to the next size up. After choosing three option based purely on first glances, Miss A tried her choices on. Despite choosing two pairs of blue trainers and one bright pink pair, she ended up choosing the bright pink pair as they felt better on her feet. I can’t ask for more than that as a parent can I especially as her favourite colour is blue.
Just like with the school shoes, each pair was tried on and tested for support, length between the toes and the edge of the shoe, and ensuring they weren’t slipping when walking. I was very impressed with the level of detail in making sure each pair was fitting correctly rather than just attempting to make a sale for the most expensive pair on the shelves.
Disclosure – we were provided two pairs of shoes in return for the fitting review, however all opinions are my own