I love a good PSA. Especially when it involves helping y’all save money or get a great deal. So, I definitely wanted to share this one.
One of my favorite places to shop for shoes for shoes for my kiddos is the Nordstrom kids shoe department. They have a big selection of the styles I like (and no, they’re not paying me to tell you that!).
But, we’re not talking about buying shoes for our kids today. We’re talking about buying kids’ shoes for OURSELVES!
About a year ago I was looking at a pair of pretty pink flats for Hazel and wished out loud that they carried this pretty shoe upstairs in my shoe department (because it was way cheaper than anything that was happening upstairs, too!). The salesperson (ever funky and enthusiastic) said, “Girl – you know you can get those down here! Don’t you EVER buy your Toms or your Hunters or your Minetonkas upstairs!”
She felt strongly. Sure, she was working on commission. But she was definitely on to something. (apparently all of the gals that work on the kids floor at Nordstrom do this!)
Turns out, there’s a really happy, generous overlap between kids’ shoes and adult sizes. And kids’ shoes are definitely cheaper. I typically wear a 7 1/2 in adult women’s shoes, but evidently that translates into a size 5 in big girl shoes in the kids’ department. SCORE!
It doesn’t work with every brand, and sometimes you’re limited in colors and styles, but for fall, my favorite cheat is Hunter Boots. The bonus for me (because I’m *ahem* vertically challenged) is that they’re a little shorter, too, so they don’t swallow my legs.
I’ve broken it all down for y’all below:green pair was a Christmas gift from my sister, black glossy pair is new to my heart this week]
Hunter is a little funny size-number-wise because they’re European. My US7.5 still translates to a US5M in their adult boots. So definitely try them on before buying. Also, with kids’ Hunters, there are reflective bits on the back of most colors. I’m so okay with that. Especially if it means I’m paying SIXTY DOLLARS less. (hm… you could almost get two pairs!!)
And this concludes my happy boot-buying PSA. It seems only natural to close with a photo of my little family as displayed in rain boots.