The Society of Shoe Fitters 

A 'not-for-profit' organisation since 1959
 
offering
advice and assistance to the public and industry

The Secretary, c/o The Anchorage, 28 Admirals Walk, HINGHAM, Norfolk. NR9 4JL

Tel. : +44 (0)1953 851171
Fax : ring and ask
Email:
click here
Web: 
www.shoefitters-uk.org
Find us on Facebook!

@shoefittersuk

We are pleased to receive donations however small to keep our help line and services open. We receive no government or outside funding, but assist our trade and public on a daily basis - saving the NHS thousands of pounds annually.  If you can help, please let us know - thank you.

 Please click on the following for more information:


WE HOPE EVERYONE WILL BE PROMOTING 
NATIONAL SHOE FITTING WEEK 2017

 

NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHING IN JULY!

 


OUR MEMBERS

REGISTER OF QUALIFIED SHOE FITTERS

REGISTER OF PODIATRY MEMBERS

REGISTER OF BESPOKE SHOE MAKERS

REGISTER OF ASSOCIATE MEMBERS     
- BRAND LEADERS -

Reputable brands who wish to work with us to promote good foot health

REGISTER OF RECOMMENDED SHOE REPAIRERS 
(Work in progress - if you are a shoe repairer why not promote yourself to our members?)

INFORMATION LEAFLETS:

A Guide to Shoe Buying and Foot Care
A Guide to the Developing Child
A Caution about Trainers and Plimsoll's
A Guide to Fit Active Feet in Maturity
The Diabetic Foot
Frequently Asked Questions - F.A.Q.'s!

ABOUT THE SOCIETY

ENDORSEMENTS
NATIONAL SHOE FITTING WEEK
WHO ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE DO?
HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY
SOME USEFUL CONTACTS

OUR VISIT TO PARLIAMENT
POLITICALLY CORRECT FOOTWEAR


HOW TO JOIN US!

Course Information - Deluxe course and instore courses available 
The Entrance Application
The Entrance Examination
Career/Jobs/Shops for Sale/Stock/Fittings
Do you want to buy a retail outlet/stock/shop fitting or looking for staff or a job?  If so, click here.


RETAILERS PLEASE NOTE
:
We can offer a full qualification or simply an instore training day 
developed to your needs. 
 
For those already highly experienced in the art of shoe fitting, there is a new Entrance Application or Entrance Examination - take your pick!   Both lead to membership and can be viewed without obligation from this website.

For more information contact:
Tel. +44 (0)1953-851171
Email: Click Here

Student of the Year 2015 LISA COULBORN
of Little Goody New Shoes, Ramsbottom, Bury, Lancs.


PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:  

OUR MEMBERS DO NOT CHARGE FOR THEIR SHOE FITTING EXPERTISE!  OUR MEMBERS ARE QUALIFIED TO FIT SHOES - THEY ARE THE FINEST IN THE INDUSTRY.  

Children's footwear should not be purchased online, self-fitted or handed down.  No two pairs of shoes fit the same - a size is merely a guide and varies from brand, per style, materials, construction method, country of origin etc.  It is not an exact science!  Young feet are easily damaged and that damage can last a lifetime. Podiatrists and Reflexologist's will tell you that ill fitting shoes do not just affect your feet but your entire physiology.  

If you are in pain or uncomfortable you shift your body weight to change your gait (way that you walk).  This puts pressures on other joints and tendons in your body which may create aches and pains elsewhere i.e. back, neck etc.  Young children will often overlook discomfort or be too young to tell you if their shoes and socks hurt - and it is in the formative years when damage can be done that will in effect, last a lifetime - maybe not becoming obvious until later in life. Inevitably foot problems lead to pain and suffering, but will also cost the NHS/Government/you the tax-payer, dearly!  Complain to PTAs who insist on Plimsoll's in school all day to save carpets.  Hard floors with rugs/cushions are healthier than ill fitting footwear!  

Qualified Shoe Fitters are sadly in a minority - there is no law that states 'people selling shoes should know anything about feet or footwear' - which is appalling!  It is only those people who respect the knowledge required to do the job properly that bother to qualify and retain their membership.  Shoe Fitters do not make a charge for their knowledge or service unlike other 'professional' people - so why take the risk of fitting yourself or shopping online?  

There is very little profit selling shoes in comparison to clothing etc.  We ask you to respect that if you choose to buy shoes online or from a supermarket etc. you should not 'use/abuse' the fitting service offered by good independent shoe shops. What a 'gauge' says is actually irrelevant, it is merely a starting point to a qualified fitter.  All gauges are calibrated differently and it depends upon the style of shoe being fitted, brand, materials, construction method, even country of origin affect the fit.  A qualified fitter may spot a potential problem and refer you to a GP or chiropodist.  

Remember:  Damage can be done in a child's formative years that may affect their complete physiology - which in turn may affect their health several ways in later life!  Even migraine can be attributed to ill-fitting shoes!

Children's shoes should only be fitted by trained professionals.  

BEWARE FRAUD

WE DO NOT COLD CALL FOR SALES OF ADVERTISING OR PROMOTIONSOMEONE IS CALLING IN THE NAME OF THE SOCIETY OF SHOE FITTERS TRYING TO SELL ADVERTISING.  THIS IS NOT FROM OUR ORGANISATION!!!  THE CRIMINALS GIVE OUR OFFICE NUMBER WHEN ASKED FOR A NUMBER TO CALL BACK,  TO SOUND LEGITIMATE, BUT THEY ARE HOLDING YOU ON THE LINE.   TRY TO KEEP THEM ON THE LINE AND CALL THE POLICE ON ANOTHER PHONE.  FRAUD SQUAD HAVE BEEN INFORMED.

 

 

Webmasters: graham@linnetsol.co.uk and secretary@shoefitters-uk.org

Last Updated: 17 June 2016 09:23