I have discovered such an incredible trick that I simply have to share it with everyone! I only wish that I had known this years ago – it would have made many an exasperated shopping experience much easier. Just picture the scene – after a full day in the city, several tired and bored children – toddler throwing a tantrum from the buggy and you still need to pick up some little shoes at Penny’s or Dunnes…….
Before I knew this magic trick – I used to have to hunt for the wooden foot sizing thing (sometimes VERY hard to find) – and then the difficult part of getting kids to co-operate without either you or them going into complete meltdown mode.
Then, the magical formula presented itself to me! A shop assistant (who has the horrendous job of tidying up all those dropped clothes and shoes in Penny’s after a busy day) took pity on me and told me the trick.
Basically, take the child’s age and add 5 onto it – voila! You have your shoe size! I am so amazed that it works and works everytime! Tested it with my 3 year old, add 5 and YES, she is a size 8. Wonderful. My 5 year old is a size 10! yay – correct again! My 8 year old is a size 1! Perfect! My 10 year old is a size 3! Correct again! What great news.
It made such a difference to just be able to pick and pay without having to go through the drama of measuring and frustrations etc. Hope it is as useful to someone out there as it was to me.
You wouldn’t believe that I actually once rang Clarks and asked them if I could buy one of those foot measuring boards – simply to make it easier (and faster) when I trudge in with 6 in tow to buy shoes – Clarks said NO. Only trained professionals allowed to use those boards!