This post is brought to you by The Athletes Foot
Guess what? You’ve just recovered from Christmas, you’ve been back to the shops for the sales and before you know it you’ll be thinking about back to school. Not the early mornings or the school run or making lunches. But getting ready to go back to school happens in January and guess what. We’re in January! Keira only asks me every day when we are going to the mall to get her school supply list. I loved getting new school shoes, trainers and my school supplies and looks like I have a mini me. Only thing is now I’m the one footing the bill. But at least I’m grateful I only have 1 at school at the moment.
Now when I heard that I was taking Keira to The Athletes Foot Warringah Mall to get new shoes fitted I have to admit that I thought The Athletes Foot was just for the serious runner or die hard exercise enthusiast. And neither Keira nor myself all into that category. I’ve just never really thought to take my little ones to the store and I’ve never been in before to get my own running shoes. But I have to say that we received amazing service and it wasn’t just us that were receiving the royal treatment – it was every single person in the store. There were older guys in there getting fitted for their everyday walking shoes and younger women getting their trendy Nike gym shoes.
I won’t preach to you about the importance of a good fitting shoe with your little ones. I’m sure you already know that. I remember getting my own shoes properly fitted at the start of every school year – I have a particularly wide foot that would take a F width so getting the right shoe that was wide enough was always important. Keira takes a G fitting at the moment! Our little ones will wear their school shoes and sport shoes more than any other shoe so you want to get it right plus their feet are always growing so it’s important to get a shoe that will allow for growth without being too big
To prove how much our little ones put their shoes through the paces, Keira and I got to wear a pedometer for a few days in her last week of school. The plan was to wear it all day and take a record of our total steps at the end of the day. A boy in her class resetting her pedometer after lunch time was not part of the plan! Poor Keira was devastated when she came home with only 500 steps on it at the end of the day. I was surprised that Keira and I had fairly similar steps on one day – that’s a lot of steps for a little one in her school shoes. She did 6411 in one day and I did 7457. Here she is on the last day of school with her pedometer!
When we arrived at my local The Athlete’s Foot store, we met the lovely Hugh who looked after us. He was so obliging when I asked would he mind posing for my camera. I’m sure it’s not everyday he gets asked to do that on the job.
First up keira’s feet were measured and I like that they have a little notepad to jot a few things down while they’re measuring and getting the right shoe for you. We then hopped on the Fitprint machine which looks at how you bear weight on your feet, both standing and moving, and what shoe style will be the best match. Now Keira is still young so you wouldn’t expect to see too much weight on the sides of her feet.
What we saw on the screen was quite typical for some one of keira’s age. As her foot grows and when she reaches say 8 or 9, her foot will change and cartilage will turn to bone and her footprint will change. I did not know anything about cartilage and bone in a growing foot so that was something new for the day. Thanks Hugh!
Now Keira is just 6 so it’s all about colour of the shoe rather than fit and comfort. The Athlete’s Foot had a great range of shoes in Keira’s size and I liked that they asked what her favourite colours were and what kind of sports shoe she was wearing at the moment. We tried a few shoes on – trying to get the right fit with a little bit of room to grow into. And I had never seen this before but Hugh took out the insole from the shoe to put keira’s foot onto it and do another check of her foot. Makes sense and again – I’ve never thought to do that before – luckily we’ve got the experts here to help us.
These were the shoes she first tried on. This is the Ascent Cluster Jnr – it’s pink and girly for my girly girl. This shoe is also mostly white leather (which makes it great for school) and also comes in a range of colours like black and blue. In the end we got a pair of New Balance with a touch of lilac just like two of her friends.
Kiera also didn’t mind a few photos while Hugh went off to get some more shoes for us to try on.
A big thank you to The Athlete’s Foot Warringah Mall. That would have to be the most thorough shoe fitting we’ve ever had and Keira loves her new shoes so much that she puts them back in the box at the end of each day. I don’t expect it to last too long but it’s nice to see her loving her new shoes. I usually go to a children’s shoe store for my back to school shoes but I was so impressed with the fitting and service we received. And I’ll definitely go back again to get Keira’s school shoes.
Especially now that The Athlete’s Foot stores are stocking Clarks as well as the Ascent brand for school shoes this year. You can view the School Shoe catalogue here or check out their Clarks range or Ascent range directly online here
And thank you to emerson and elodie my little shopping buddies who were so patient while we had the shoe fitting.
And guess what, one lucky reader will win a $100 The Athletes Foot gift card. Use it for yourself to keep your new year’s resolutions or for your little ones and your back to school shopping. All you need to do is tell me what you look for in a school or sports shoe. Whether it’s for yourself or your little ones. Full terms of my giveaways can be found here and competition closes 15th January 2012.
You can find your nearest The Athlete’s Foot store here and if you need a laugh you have to watch this ad which is totally unrelated to shoes for your little ones but absolutely hilarious. I had to wipe away the tears on this one. I’ve also just seen their newest ad which is definitely related to active school kids – another great ad! (check it out here)