My easy child, who is 10 1/2, now wears a women's size 8.5 or 9. Wide. And she really does need the extra width in her shoes, otherwise she gets ingrown toenails. Well let me tell you, it is HARD to find wide shoes for a girl her age that are appropriate in height, design and fit. Athletic shoes are pretty much her staple, or flip-flops (which she cannot wear to school). And right now, she's only got one pair of tennies that fit that she can wear to school. Wearing them every day tends to generate a less-than-desireable smell , so I decided to break down today and look for a second pair for her to wear. I hunted up and down the aisles of an outlet store near us. Started in the women's size 9 athletic section, and let me tell you, the pickings were pretty much nil for a wide width. So then I thought I'd try 8.5 wides, and lo, and behold! There were about 7 or 8 different pairs of tennies in an 8.5W You'd think that having a hard-to-find size would be ENOUGH of a challenge. But no! She has to be PICKY on top of everything!!! Fortunately I found a pair she liked, light blue. But when she told me the price ($46.95) I about choked! So I kept looking, and found another pair in white with kelly green accents that she gave a thumbs up. This time the price was $39.99, which is still more than I wanted to pay, but definitely headed in the right direction. So I decided to get them, and got in line to check out, and when it was my turn, the clerk scanned them, hit the total button and the total with tax came to about $28 -- they were on clearance!!! I just love it when the planets align like that!