I am soon going to be buying DS2 (11mo) his first pair of shoes. I don't want Clarks as they are all ugly IMO. I eill be getting his feet measured but am looking for somewhere to get him more interesting shoes.
Nicky, my problem is that I live in a rural location, so don't have independants near me, or that is what I would do. I don't mind about the cost as I would rather pay more for shoes I liked than spend £20 -30 in Clarks on ones I hate
Startrite have started selling online now. You can also get some HushPuppies from Amazon of all places! They are easy to fit as they come with different insoles - if child's foot fits on the insole they are the right size then vary the insole for width/depth. (does that make any sense??)
Just bear in mind that Clarks sizing is often different (bigger) than others.
Verbaudet do sweet shoes and you can buy a foot gauge from them which might be worth it if you are going to buy online regularly.