20 March 2014

new shoes

So it got to that time of year again where I suddenly remembered, guiltily, that I haven't had Theo's feet measured in a long while. So instead of trekking all the way into town we scooted the short distance to our lovely local shoe shop, OddSox on Gloucester Road.

Set up by Sarah and Jo, both mums themselves, they set about creating a shop that offered a great friendly service selling excellent quality, diverse range and affordably priced shoes for kids (and some for adults too!)


The interaction and service is something that I think sets them apart from other shoe retailers. Jo and Sarah make sure that the child is involved in the whole process, asking their name and giving clear instructions to help measure and fit the shoes. I know that Theo loves to be involved with whats going on and to feel that he is helping. He was also free to have a look around, play with the toys and have a little play with the foot measure.

Here's a little peek around the shop:
 I love the range of shoes that they stock, with lots of lovely European brands such as Camper and more local such as Livie and Luca. They stock everything from baby boots to good quality school shoes and even (my weakness) Saltwater sandals, for kids and adults.



For me I love knowing that I'm supporting a local, independent business and knowing I'm buying a high quality product! And Theo has asked nearly every day whether we are going to the shoe shop...

We were offered discount in exchange for our review, but all thoughts are my own, as we really do love it! 

19 comments :

  1. This shop looks amazing. I wish there was a shop like this near me. I go to a well known shoe shop as it's the only one local to offer measuring, but would prefer to go independent. Great post x

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  2. This shop looks wonderful, so much better than the chain stores. x

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    1. Yes exactly, I love supporting local businesses!

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  3. Looks like a wonderful shop, I love independant shops. Pity there's not one like this near me!

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    1. Maybe another excuse to come to Bristol?!

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  4. Love his little stripy socks :-) And such a lovely shop, looks like there is so much choice.

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    1. heh thanks! It really is a great shop, I could spend a long time pawing over all the cute little shoes!

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  5. i used to hate those shoe measuring things! don't know why, they kinda freaked me out. love those trainers though ..and so many cute shoes!

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    1. haha I used to love them as a kid, and I wish I could get my feet measured properly now!

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  6. Totally with you - part of the reason I allowed us 12 purchases this year was that I was feeling guilty about not supporting local shops. We have some great women close by who've set up kids clothes companies and shops on the own and that's partly why I love our neighbourhood so much, so it feels really important to support them. Otherwise you blink and there's nothing but Mothercare and Next on the high street!

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    1. Thats a really good point, supporting local is a really important thing, and we're so lucky that we have this amazing high street on our doorstep full of independent shops!

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  7. The shop looks amazing - I love Gloucester Rd, it has such an array of wonderful shops, including this one. I don't know where I have been but I didn't even know Camper did children's shoes - they look amazing. I love the shoes you pick for Theo and these are lovely :)

    Laura x

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    1. I only really discovered them a year or so ago when I visited this shop! Theo choose the campers in the end, but I do really love these Bobux ones he's trying on in the pictures...how many pairs of shoes can they have?!

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  8. I love Oddsox!! It's just around the corner from us and I buy all of Belle's shoes there. She has naturally narrow feet and they always have a really good range of narrow fitting brands. They really know their stuff too and will recommend the brands that they think will fit her best.

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    1. Oh I didn't know you lived so close, we must pass each other sometimes! Yeh Theo has quite a high instep so getting the right shoes is a bit tricky, and they do really know their stuff!

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  9. I've never been! You've reminded me I should..although neither of us *need* new shoes I am tempted by more Saltwaters… x

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    1. Always tempted! And yes they're lovely you should definitely visit!

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  10. Can't believe we've not been to this shop! Must make a trip soon!

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  11. What a cool place!! I love supporting independent shops and this one looks brilliant so will definitely check it out!

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