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Where to buy toddlers' shoes?

Now that the shop on Lordship lane is closed? I think there once was a store near the Village - is it still there? Or other alternatives not too far away?
Biff in Dulwich village. Also a bit further away gently elephant
Best shoes shop ever is Dorothy.
She used to have a shop in Dulwich but is a direct bus to Dartmouth Road (Sydenham).
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We park around the corner.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was march 20, 10:53am by DulwichBorn&Bred.

Another recommendation for Gently Elephant. They have a great range of flexible high quality shoes, perfect for growing feet. :-)

You can also buy online too, their range is a bit better there too. The shop also sells clothes, toys, gifts etc..
Thank you!
I always used to use merlin shoes in Crystal Palace, you can park in the Sainsbury's and they do proper fitting & know about best supportive shoes.
Start right shoes in Blackheath village, make a day of it and fly a kite on the heath or walk in Greenwich park, your toddler can test out his/her shoes. (eermm can I come too?)
PS I have just remembered there is also another store on Lordship Lane, next to the Post Office
Bit of interesting reading:

Katy Bowman And The Biomechanics Of Human Growth: Barefoot Babies
Quote: For decades, the foot has been modeled in the scientific community as a rigid body. We study what happens at the ankle without much regard to the numerous joints in the foot. When looking at data that way, it is easy to overlook the shoe’s role in different ailments of the hips and knees. With new data in on barefoot populations and a revisit to older data collected in entirely unshod populations, researchers are now looking at the role of minimal footwear (flexible, flat, and mimicking “barefoot” mechanics as much as possible) in repairing osteoarthritis in the knees and hips. What is clear is: Shoes alter human movement. Many of the ailments we suffer from, musculoskeletally speaking, are a result of our dependence on footwear and the strain on the ligaments and plantar fascia from decades of muscle atrophy. If you can start a kid off with a preference to minimal footwear, it saves time and degeneration later on.


Thoughts on a Proper Child’s Shoe

And also a great site here for shoes and advice: Happy Little Soles
Mmm, but there are also those who say that so-called barefoot (ie minimalist) shoes contribute to a number of injuries. I don't really know. It might be interesting to run a pubmed (ie search the archive of scientific publications). The doctor in the link you mentioned says that there are no studies substantiating why kids should avoid minimalist shoes, but he doesn't present much evidence to the contrary, either, other than reporting his own experience with his own children - a slightly small and unrepresentative statistical sample.

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