Where to buy kids shoes?

kids shoesWith growing kids -- with growing feet -- Amarit emails:

I recently learned that Junior Shoe Port is closing their Albany and Latham locations, meaning that the only Capital Region children's shoe store is in Clifton Park. For those of us in Albany, that's quite a hike to get shoes for our kids, especially since they don't all grow at the same rate or need shoes at the same time. ... I know it seems minor, but as a parent of three kids with weird feet (and not all the same kinds of weird), I need a place with knowledgable sales people who can properly fit my kid for shoes. Ordering online for them is very challenging. Since learning about this closing earlier today from an equally dismayed friend, a number of other parents have expressed their concerns as well.

The Times Union reported recently that, in addition to the Stuyvesant Plaza store closing, the Clifton Park Stride Rite is also headed for closure. So there will be even fewer options.

Got any ideas for Amarit and her kids? Please share!

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Comments

I wish I did. The staff at the Jr. Shoe Port is so wonderful at fitting children's shoes and I am sad they are going out of business. There is a stride rite outlet in Lee, though I don't know if they do fittings.

It's certainly not as convenient, but I have started ordering my daughter's shoes online from Zappo's.com. They offer a downloadable foot measurement chart and returns are free.

Fleet Feet off of Wolf Road has kids sneakers. No toddler stuff though. We've had some good luck with Zappos online. If the fit is off, return shipping is free.

I'm also sorry to see them go. We really loved Denice at the Stuy Plaza store. My kids have outgrown their shoes, and we still struggle with finding shoes that fit their wide feet correctly.

I love kids' consignment stores and sales. You just missed two big consignment sales this past weekend: www.passitonsale.com and gotkidssale.com. But, they are both bi-annual and will happen again next spring. There are great kids consignment stores in the area too. Polka Dots in Guilderland is nice.

Used to be a kids shoe store on Central Ave called Young Shoes.The most professional people I ever knew.Especially a shoe fitter named Allen.
Took my kids there,and to Allen for years,until they started to out grow the place
Then the owners,Brown I think yheir name was,sold the store.
The new owners destroyed what made the place unique,and it became just another shoe store.

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