I thought I was being so organised at the beginning of the summer by getting all the girls’ uniforms sorted for the new school year. I got their skirts, dresses, blouses and cardigans but I knew it was probably best to wait until the end of the summer to get their shoes. There’s always a risk in doing this of course, because there’s a chance the shops will have run out of the size you need but then if you get the shoes too early, you could find that their feet have grown over the summer. Anyway, organised or not the shoes were left to the last minute and I was starting to panic.
I’ve mentioned before that Marks and Spencer is my one-stop school shop (well, apart from the logo embroidery shop that we have to use) and that I’ve always gone to M&S for Lili’s school shoes. I find their quality brilliant and the price reasonable compared to other high street shops.
So as it turns out, I didn’t need to panic because as soon as we stepped into M&S I realised that they were totally geared up for the ‘last minute mum’ and the rails were fully stocked with shoes of all styles and sizes. I already knew that they’d raised their game this year with a personalised measuring and fitting service (at selected stores only). As you can see, we took them up on this service (and no, you don’t have to book in for this, like some shops), it was great to know that I was getting the right size and fit for the girls.
This year Marks and Spencer have also increased their size and fitting options with half sizes, as well as wide, regular and narrow fit. All this means that you can feel assured that your child will have a perfectly fitting shoe.
As it turns out Lili’s feet are a narrow 13 and a half, so these new options really did help her find the perfect size, while Poppy is a regular size 11. They both chose their favourite style from a wide selection of velcro fastening, black leather school shoes, so now we are ready for school.
While we were there we also got Iris’ feet measured and fitted for her first pair of ‘big girl’ walking shoes. She did so well, I think she was excited to be following in her big sisters’ foot steps (literally), which made her feel very happy.
If you can’t get to a store, the M&S website have a great measuring print-out you can use to measure your child’s feet at home and then place an order online. However, if you can get to a store offering the serve I really do recommend it.
So that’s it, the summer is over and it’s time for the new school year to begin. Autumn is very much in the air and the leaves are starting to fall. The school bag is packed and Lili’s looking forward to seeing her friends on Wednesday. Poppy will have to wait another few days before she starts her school adventure next Monday.
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