|DW Sports refused my daughter a gait analysis|
We managed to find a shop assistant in the huge DW Sports store and asked if we could buy a pair of running shoes by having the benefit of a gait analysis. Upon sight of the assistant sporting a hideously pierced eyebrow, we could tell instantly by his grossly over weight build that he was not a runner.
"Sure, what kind of shoes do you need?"
"From memory I think she's fairly neutral but we need to check"
"Oh for your daughter, how old is she?"
"Thirteen, sorry we can't do a gait analysis for health and safety reasons"
"Health and safety, cos if we sell her one kind and then her feet grow, she might be different and then be in the wrong shoes"
"That's a shame, are you sure? The last running shoes we bought were comfortable and she had a gait analysis"
The over weight shop assistant said he'd check and wondered off. It seemed ages before somebody else appeared and said the same thing but were perfectly happy to sell her some shoes and asked what size she was.
Becky replied "six and a half" and the shop assistant then informed us they only stock shoes in full sizes, not half sizes. "Flippin' useless" I thought as we left empty handed. We were really disappointed but it does serve as a reminder of why those little specialist running shops are so valuable.