A change allowing people to buy one set of shoes when they need two sizes for each foot

A change allowing people to buy one set of shoes when they need two sizes for each foot

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Danielle Mitchell started this petition to Skechers Robert Greenberg and

To Whomever it May Concern,

I’m not the most eloquent writer. I have an English degree, but no amount of writing could prepare me for this. I have a disability. I have been disabled my entire life, but the discovery wasn’t made until I was three years old. I have cerebral palsy. I’m writing this and it feels wrong to my very nature. I was raised with the belief that I shouldn’t see myself as such, that I shouldn’t see myself as less. Society still treats those with a disability as being less. I had to learn to grit my teeth and bear it. I played baseball and was a cheerleader, I did this mostly one handed. I had the word “crippled” chanted at me. Guys didn’t date me. I was told, “people are stupid, don’t listen”. I had to compromise and compensate for my disability. When I was younger, I wore jeans in the dead of summer because I didn’t want people to stare or ask, “What’s wrong poor little crippled girl?” This happened often, usually by people of an older generation, and it hurt every time. The word “crippled” makes me what to break everything in arm’s reach, but I don’t. I can’t change a society that doesn’t want to change. Society thrives on the less being made to be lesser. But that’s the reason why I’m writing this, because things need to change. I’m praying for the better.

I have two different sized feet and because of my disability and unlike most consumers, if I want shoes to fit comfortably I am forced to buy two sets of the same pair of shoes in two different sizes. I’m limited to only being able to wear sneakers and on occasion boots, if I’m willing to wear a smaller size to compensate for my left foot. I have to wear shoes that support my ankle. I, and people in my situation, are forced to spend twice as much as anyone else. This should not be a thing, yet it is and people deal with this everywhere. Shoe companies profit off of the disabled more than they do the average customer. I usually can’t go shoe shopping or walk in a shoe store without wanting to cry. There have been a couple times that a retailer let me buy the one set with the two different sizes. However, I was told it was a one time thing with one retailer, because it was against policy and with the other I had to find one certain manager because they were the only one willing to do it. If they weren’t there, it wasn’t going to happen. This entire ordeal is upsetting and embarrassing and this should not be the case. I’ve already spoken to a corporation that I won’t name, but it seems nothing can be done. The woman I have been speaking to is lovely and I know she is trying to help, but I don’t feel anything can be done. I don’t want money. I just want to be able to buy shoes without a fight. I’m not alone in this and I know this is discrimination and possibly illegal, but I’m at a loss. I'm petitioning the shoe manufacturers to upgrade their websites to allow for split size buying. If they price my the shoe, instead of for the set, this would benefit people with different sized feet as well as amputees. When pricing the shoe, they can make it that when the split sized set is purchased we are being charged the same as those who buy the pair. I do not think this a big ask, shoes are a necessity and no one should be forced to pay extra. It feels like we should be past this in 2021. I hope retail policies change to help those like me. With a little faith and will, can change happen?

 

Danielle Joy Mitchell

 

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