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Guilt about putting narrow width children's shoes in charity shop

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crokky Thu 16-Jul-09 14:20:10

Both DD and DS have E fitting feet - very narrow and not particularly common.

Anyway, their feet grow quickly so their shoes, whilst worn, are not worn out and I would still be happy for them to wear them if they still fitted. I usually put them in the charity shop because they are not good enough for eBay. But then I think of someone buying them and putting them on their child and them not fitting - the E width will have rubbed off and all you can see on the sole is the length size so they will be way too narrow for the majority of children. I don't shop in charity shops myself due to these "outsize" issues - am 6ft and I always think that people who shop in chartiy shops are a sort of normalish size. I would never be able to get children's shoes in a charity shop for myself as their feet are too skinny so I can't see anyone else looking for E fittings in there either.

What shall I do with them?? - I currently have a pair of black boys shoes size 10.5E and a pair of baby girls pink shoes size 3E. Both have been outgrown but I feel I shouldn't put them in the charity shop.

Fimbo Thu 16-Jul-09 14:21:55

My local charity shop isn't allowed to sell children's shoes for some reason or t'other.

Could you offer them ffp on here?

filchthemildmanneredjanitor Thu 16-Jul-09 14:22:02

perhaps put a small sticker in themwith the size on?

my sonds have d and e fitting feetsmile

shonaspurtle Thu 16-Jul-09 14:22:08

Can't you re-write the size inside them with a ballpoint?

cockles Thu 16-Jul-09 14:22:15


GrimmaTheNome Thu 16-Jul-09 14:23:45

F is midrange. E is only one size narrower, not unusual. There may well be parents delighted to find them.

Why don't you just tie on a label clearly stating the size and 'E - narrow fitting'?

pointydog Thu 16-Jul-09 14:31:07

"I always think that people who shop in chartiy shops are a sort of normalish size."


crokky Thu 16-Jul-09 14:37:26

I will label them, that's a very good idea.

PfftTheMagicDragon Thu 16-Jul-09 14:47:14

E is not unusual. They sell them in most shops.

Twims Thu 16-Jul-09 14:50:03


Twims Thu 16-Jul-09 14:50:24


crokky Thu 16-Jul-09 14:53:38

E looks unusual to me from the clarks website-

Boys shoes age 5-6 (clarks website):

Number of shoes with each width fitting:
E (2)
F (53)
G (53)
H (10)

Not a single trainer in this size is sold in E fittings by Clarks. This also applies to sandals - the narrowest they do is an F.

That's why I feel bad putting them in teh charity shop/

BlueChampagne Thu 16-Jul-09 17:17:18

Keep the boxes (if you've got room!) and give them to the charity shop boxed, then the size and width will be obvious.

suwoo Thu 16-Jul-09 17:32:41

My friend was just saying today how difficult it is to get E width fittings 2nd hand, that Ebay hardly have any.

I would put them on Ebay or freecycle, people might be very grateful.

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