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!

photo: Flickr user tamakisono (cc)

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.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Fun fall 5k races

Fall is a good time to lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement. But, if you're like me, motivation can be a bit of... (more)

Morning Blend

Mayor Kathy Sheehan has committed to an $11 million deal to support the East Greenbush casino. According to the terms of the agreement Albany would... (more)

Today's moment of summer

We took a few moments today to watch this bee works its way around this sunflower, one circle at a time.... (more)

State Street ca 1900

The historical photos site Shorpy today featured an excellent photo of State Street in Albany, looking up toward the Capitol, circa 1900. Streetcars! Horses! Top... (more)

Bettie's Cakes is closing

Bettie's Cakes announced today that it will be closing its Saratoga Springs shop August 31. From a FB post: As many of you know the... (more)

Recent Comments

To all the people complaining about it being boring or ugly, I am sure that if the owners had designed something more architecturally grand, everyone would be complaining about the price tag. Of course it is all about the cost. There comes a point where the cost becomes prohibitive, so this is what you get these days for what you are willing or able to pay. ...

787's future

...has 3 comments, most recently from Bill

Tastes like victory

...has 1 comment, most recently from -R.

Drawing: Capital District Community Gardens' Autumn Evening in the Garden

...has 62 comments, most recently from Susan PD

Under the bridge... IT'S TROYBOT!

...has 8 comments, most recently from grandmastergus

Troy Rockin' on the River 2014

...has 13 comments, most recently from jack