I’ve never been a normal girl. No really. I can prove it in one sentence. Here it is: I don’t like shoe shopping. I know. Shock, horror.
Its not my fault though. I blame it on my clumpy feet. They’re wide and big. Perhaps if I had tiny little size 4 feet I’d always find shoes and shopping wouldn’t be such a mission, but in my clumpy size 7 or 8, I can never find the size I need in the shoe I want. It’s an exercise in frustration. Why would I pay for that?
And I love being barefoot anyway.
Of course, now my daughter comes along and I want to be careful not to impart my prejudices on her. I know that might sound strange, but I really don’t want her to dread shoe or clothes shopping the way I do.
My sister bought Ameli some very cute shoes recently, but we had a really rough time trying to figure out what the right size is for her. Not even the salesman knew how baby shoe sizes relate to their ages.
I’m also aware that just because shoes are cute doesn’t mean they’re going to be good for her feet. I know we have a little time yet, as she’s just starting to crawl, but I like to be prepared.
I came across this video which shows you how to measure feet properly.Â The company that did the video actually also have a really informative website, where you can do the foot measurement and then calculate using their converter to a shoe size, meaning anything you buy should fit really well.
Which will be a lot easier than getting a squirming baby to try on shoes, perched on a counter top in the middle of a busy shop fifteen minutes before closing. You know. When the shop attendant is at his most patient.
Take my word for it.