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If The Shoe Fits, Buy It! (If It Doesn’t Fit, Run Away)

December 29, 2010 · 149 comments

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The other day, I wrote about socks.  Today, my focus will be on shoes.

So, here is a little life-lesson I will share:  Buy shoes that fit.

My daughter is playing high school basketball, and her old basketball shoes were a little small.  So, we went and bought some nice new Adidas shoes.

I thought they looked a little ‘clunky’, but she swore they fit ok.  They were some pretty cool shoes.  They even had changeable stripes so you could make them match your school colors.

She was excited to try her new shoes on the first day of practice.  Guess what happened?  She somehow sprained her ankle an hour into her first practice with her new shoes!  Her coach took a look at the swollen ankle and then the shoes, and he said the shoes were too big.  (The theory is she kind of tripped on her own shoe and rolled her ankle.)  Of course, I look like a cheapskate for buying my daughter shoes that were too big, but honestly, she said they fit.  Not only that, but they were a half size smaller than she normally wears.  (Note to self:  Adidas shoes run bigger than Nike.)

I am partially to blame though.  I didn’t thoroughly check that her shoes fit properly.  I felt there was a little room at the top, but she said her feet did not slide or anything, so I thought they were ok.  Apparently I was wrong because when the coach looked at them, I think they were too big in 100 different ways.  (She has long, skinny feet.)   I think that now that my kids are a little older, I don’t pay enough attention to some of the small things, and I really do need to.  Heck, as an adult I sometimes have a hard time knowing if the shoe is a good fit or not.  So, I really should have looked at her shoes a bit closer, especially since they were basketball shoes.  In my defense, I was looking at ankle guards when she was trying the shoes on.  Too bad I didn’t buy those either.  (They were all too big.)

So, I will be spending my afternoon scouring the sporting goods stores, trying to find the perfect pair of basketball shoes, along with some ankle guards that fit.  As a side note, did you know ankle guards are pretty darn expensive??  Add that to the list of unexpected expenses for the year 2010!

Wish me luck…

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MoneyCone December 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Sorry to hear about your daughter Kris. You would think they would’ve standardized the sizes by now! It is always brand+size!

Don’t be too hard on yourself – wasn’t really your fault. Good luck on finding a good fit!


Kris December 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

It is so frustrating how shoe sizes are not universal!

Well, I must share in the responsibility because I did let her walk out of the store with those shoes. I need to do a more thorough check than pushing down on the toes!


alex February 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

I can remember how I was as a kid. If I liked a pair of shoes enough I would have sworn blind that they fit for fear of not being able to have them if I admitted they were too small or big.


Lola December 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I agree with MoneyCone that you weren’t at fault for going ahead and getting the cool shoes. I know that I’ve tried on shoes at a store and everything seemed great, but once I wore them for several hours, they were not so great or didn’t work out the way I thought they would. I hope your daughter can get some use out of the cool factor, if nothing else.

I had kids at one time or another in basketball, soccer, football, track, and cross country (even had some in rowing, and that’s a whole weird set up for shoes), so I know what you mean about scouring the stores for the right fit (and hoping to find it the right price). Fortunately mine all buy their own shoes now, and I can assure you that your day will come. Good luck in the meantime!


Kris December 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm

The funny thing is, we didn’t realize they were cool until after we got home. My daughter pulled out these colored strips and we didn’t know what they were for at first!

I bought a pair of casual boots about a month ago that were so comfortable when I tried them on. However, after Christmas shopping in them, the skin on the back of my foot was so darn irritated and raw. I am glad I am not alone in my buying ill-fitting shoes (as an adult…)


Buck December 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Wow, first a lesson on socks and now one on shoes? I see a theme here. 🙂 Hope your daughter feels better. Rolled ankles suck. Honestly, can’t be too hard on yourself. I’m like you, I can’t even figure if my shoes fit or not. Good luck finding a better pair. 🙂


Kris December 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Buck, the theme is stopping here, don’t worry!

I rolled my ankle in high school and it took forever to heal. She doesn’t have games for 2 weeks, so she picked a great time to sprain it!

Thanks for the well wishes!!!


Nicole December 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Good luck! And don’t blame yourself. These things happen! Plus your daughter thought they fit, and she’s been in shoes for a long time.

I’ve been thinking about shoes a lot since my black dress/walking shoes are starting to get uncomfortable. I’m trying to decide between:


Sadly I’m going to have to drive into the city to get the Naot pair and halfway to the city for a chance at getting the Bass pair. And no store seems to carry both.


Kris December 29, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Go with the most comfy pair is my suggestion. (Just don’t take my advice on sizing the shoes…) 🙂


Suba @ Wealth Informatics December 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Hope your daughter feels better and can get back to the game soon!

But I think you are a little hard on yourself. I don’t think this is your fault. If I was your daughter and I really liked the shoes I would have said they fit very comfortably too 🙂 I don’t think there is a good way of knowing for sure if they really fit. I can’t even tell if the shoes fit me well until I have worn that for several hrs, let alone figure out the fit for other people. Or may be that is one of the mother skills 🙂 ?


Kris December 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Well, one of the mother skills would be to actually make sure the shoes fit. I had to re-learn that skill! (Believe me, I had everyone at the sporting goods store evaluate the fit of her shoe last night. I will never let this happen again!)

Thanks for being so nice. My daughter is playing again, compliments of the ankle brace and proper-fitting shoes. Thanks for the kind words!


Len Penzo December 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I bought some new shoes yesterday. Loafers. I thought I got the right size, but now you’ve got me second guessing myself. LOL

All the best,

Len Penzo dot Com


Kris December 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Len- no no no, you can’t second guess yourself because of me.

Just don’t do any layups in your loafers, and you should be fine.


Barb Friedberg December 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Reminds me of the 1 size too big tennis shoes of my daughter’s sitting in the hall shoe rack! Don’t beat yourself up. You can’t be perfect! (At least not all the time)


Kris December 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Barb, will your daughter grow into those tennis shoes? Can you wear them?

The coach actually asked my oldest son if I bought a pair of shoes on purpose that would fit both my daughter and son! Everyone is having such fun at my expense, darn them. I can take it though.

Now I want to play tennis. Too bad there is ice everywhere here.


Money Reasons December 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Hopefully it’s not too bad of an accident.

I would go with why my kids say too, if they said it fits good. I have thick feet, so my shoes always had extra space after the front toe.

Anyway, I agree with Money Cone, accidents happen. If you didn’t get new shoes, then the blame would be on shoes that were too tight.

Don’t beat yourself up on this one, these things happen!

Too bad there wasn’t instant replay in life. That way we could review exactly what happened and what we think the real cause could have been. Our conclusion would still be a guess, but an accurate guess 🙂


Kris December 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I would love life-rewind! Wow, the things I would change.

I know accidents happen, but this was so preventable. I needed to pay closer attention though. Lesson learned for sure. Thanks for the kindness though.


Molly On Money December 30, 2010 at 12:55 am

My kids are growing so fast that within a month they will grow a shoe size!
I get them large shoes, let them tromp around in them (they are so gangely anyways) for a few weeks and than voila, they fit!


Kris December 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Molly – I think my daughter’s feet may have stopped growing, so she may have never fit in these shoes! I have bought a half size larger for regular shoes on many occasions so they would last longer though.


101 Centavos December 30, 2010 at 7:09 am

Your daughter has all my sympathies. As a chronic ankle-roller, I’ve learned the hard way about proper ankle support when playing sports.
Ill-fitting shoes is another reason not to buy shoes online, at least for me. I have wide feet, and the few times I’ve used Amazon or Zappos, I had to return them, with all the associated hassles. I’m a slow learner sometimes, but I eventually get it.


Kris December 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm

101 – I cannot imagine buying shoes online. My feet have changed so much over the years. I had wide feet after having kids, then they went back to normal. They have grown in adulthood too, and I will blame the kids for that too.

My daughter now has proper fitting shoes and super strong ankle supports, so she should be ok, or at least I hope so. Thanks for the sympathy!


The Biz of Life December 30, 2010 at 8:59 am

I have long, narrow feet too. I can’t wear Adidas because the way they are cut doesn’t fit my foot. I can’t wear 75% of Nike shoes either for the same reason. But Reebocks fit me just right, and just about every athletic shoe I buy is made by them. Ill-fitting shoes can cause a lot of problems.


Kris December 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Biz – I never really thought about the different brand of athletic shoes until this happened with my daughter. We ended up buying her new Nike last night, I stayed far away from the Adidas. It is interesting it is an issue for men’s shoes too.

The Nike shoes combined with super strong ankle guards seem to be helping tremendously. I was openly mocked by the coaching staff today when I went to pick her up though for buying her clown shoes… 🙂


First Gen American December 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I have long and narrow feet too and it’s VERY hard to find shoes that fit. I feel for your daughter.


Kris December 31, 2010 at 8:49 am

Well, I think if she sticks with Nike, she might be ok. Now that she has the ankle guards, it bulks up her foot bit and helps her new shoes fit perfect.


Mia Owen February 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

I totally agree with the person who thinks shoe sizes should be universal. The amount of money I have wasted on myself and my kids on shoes that didn’t actually fit properly. I have always found that shoes are made far too wide, as (like your daughter)I have very narrow feet. I have had to stop shopping for shoes on the high street completely. I’ve bought some good stuff online though. Duo is always a good place (http://www.duoboots.com/pages/narrow_fitting_shoes/). Obviously thats no good for kids but great for the rest of us who need narrow fitting shoes! Hope that contributes something :).


Kris February 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Oh, shoe sizes seem almost totally random to me unfortunately. I could never order shoes online.


Nisha April 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

I bet that was frustrating, I remember when I was younger my mum always use to buy me shoes that were a lil bigger and for a short while i felt as though i was walking about with clown shoes on, but I soon grew out of them.


Kris April 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Nisha, wrongly-sized shoes can feel pretty miserable, that is for sure! I think my daughter’s foot has to be near its full length though, so the shoes had to go back.

Thanks for stopping by.


George Bush August 31, 2011 at 12:19 am

First, we should remind this woman who started this discussion that life is about choices and that the world doesn’t owe her any new shoes just because she made a bad choice. She is 100% to blame and should berate herself every chance she gets. No one said life was fair. And, no one owes her free health care either, which she clearly wants for her daughter’s injured ankle. The reason her daughter got the injury to her foot in the first place was because of her obvious support for Barack Obama. Well your socialism and Obamacare won’t make her foot any better, now will it!

Ooops! Sorry, I just realized this isn’t even a political site. I guess I made all kinds of assumptions and judgments about someone else based completely on my own uninformed opinions rather than the facts and basic human empathy for another human being’s situation. Silly me. I can’t help it though, I am a Republican.


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