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December 6th, 2006, 07:03 PM
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I'm looking for some new options for my DS in footware. He has SMOs, so we need specialty shoes that are deep. If your child wears orthopedic shoes to allow room for SMO/AFO/etc, could you please tell me the brand? As well as your general feeling on them.

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December 9th, 2006, 02:11 PM
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Thomas has worn sure steps and another tyupe of SMOs. I just got shoes at Payless or the like. Our orthotist said it's the SMO (or AFO) that gives all the support, the shoe is just to protect the orthotic from getting dirty, worn down. Payless does make wide widths. I have also gotten New Balance sneakers, they fit over teh sure steps quite well and come in many widths, but are a bit pricier.

I need to get Thomas fitted for new SMOs his are too small and he's without them right now
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December 10th, 2006, 12:48 PM
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I can't get anything on over DSs SMOs, except the special tennies that I get at the orthatist. I went to a big children's shoe store after getting the SMOs, and they even carried some Double Wide (WW) shoes by stride rite, no luck. I can get them on, I just can't tie or velcro them. School wants velcro too, so that's another obstacle.
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December 10th, 2006, 06:18 PM
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Hmm, yeah velcro I don't think would work... I would maybe try New Balance- not sure if there is a actual NB store where you live, but they were super helpful to me (they were the 1st shoes I got when T. first got his SMOs) THey come in an absurd amount of widths (may have to special order). But they tie- can the preschool make an exception given the special shoes? I WISH velcro would work

Hmm, yeah velcro I don't think would work... I would maybe try New Balance- not sure if there is a actual NB store where you live, but they were super helpful to me (they were the 1st shoes I got when T. first got his SMOs) THey come in an absurd amount of widths (may have to special order). But they tie- can the preschool make an exception given the special shoes? I WISH velcro would work
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December 10th, 2006, 06:40 PM
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No exceptions. DS is going to be starting Early Intervention/Childhood Preschool for kids with delays and disabilities. Unless the child can demonstrate that they're able to tie their shoes unassisted, then we have to use velcro, zipper, elastic or bungie cord (some of the new shoes are like this now) styled shoes. I can understand the rule, there are 8 classes of special needs kids, and I'm sure with all that going on, the last thing they need to worry about is kids tripping over shoes strings.

I will call the NB store and see what they have available. I know there's a location in the next town over.
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December 11th, 2006, 08:53 AM
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You could switch out the laces with some bungee type ones- remember those that were all the rage about 10 years ago- kind of squiggly at the end? ANyhow, I suppose you cna rig something up. Hope the NB store can help, as I said the one I used was REALLY helpful, though the shoes did have to be special ordered.

Plus NB are cool for your styling little guy B)
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December 11th, 2006, 08:59 AM
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I dug up some pics from when T. had NB with his smos- theyh are a couple years old, lol:

His shoes:
WIth the sneakers over:
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December 12th, 2006, 01:36 PM
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Wow, those look great.

Also the bungie straps I'm talking about look like this:
http://www.piperlime.com/browse/product.do...;scid=490437002
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