Creating an Autism-Friendly Shopping Experience at SoleLution: A Warm Welcome for You and Your Family

At SoleLution, we believe that every customer deserves to feel comfortable and welcomed when they step into our store. We also understand that as a busy mum, your time is precious, and finding the right shoes for both you and your children can sometimes feel like a daunting task. There is no doubt that shoe shopping can sometimes be a struggle and we want to assure you we are here to help.

As a parent who cares deeply about your children's well-being, we know that you value convenience and knowledgeable service when it comes to finding the perfect footwear. But we also understand that shopping experiences can sometimes be overwhelming, especially for individuals with sensory sensitivities or autism. That's why we've made it our mission to ensure that every customer who walks through our doors feels understood, valued, and supported.

One of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to creating an autism-friendly space is by being fully aware of the unique needs and preferences of our customers.  

Is the music too loud?

We understand that loud noises can be distressing for some individuals, which is why we are more than happy to turn the music down to create a calmer, more soothing atmosphere. Please just ask.

Is the shop too busy and overwhelming?

We understand that a busy shop can be overwhelming, so we are happy to move our fitting stools to a quieter area of the shop to measure and fit your child or advise when the store may be quieter. We also offer instore appointments that can be booked at - this guarantees a time that you will be seen, rather than having to wait in a queue.

Do you or your children like to shop somewhere they are familiar with?

We understand that coming into a familiar environment can be helpful. We want you to know that you are always welcome to pop into our store to get to know us, let you child wander around, explore and ask us questions, so you and they become comfortable with us. Visit as many times as you need. There is never any pressure to buy or even try on. Some children find it easier if we measure your feet or their favourite toy. 

Do you struggle with the feel of shoes?

From measuring little feet to fitting their shoes, we're dedicated to providing you with the support and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your footwear purchases. Some children may be sensitive to how a certain material feels, or don’t like having their feet touched, or are concerned about telling us they don’t like a shoe or that it feels uncomfortable. This is all OK. That's why we listen attentively to both you and your children, ensuring that we understand your preferences and concerns every step of the way. For example if they are really adverse to having their feet measured using the gauge we can use our expertise, along with how their current shoes fit instead.

Can SoleLution help if we can't visit one of your shops?

Although we would always recommend having your children’s shoes fitted by a trained fitter, we also appreciate that this is not always practical, so we also offer the option to shop online at, providing you with the convenience and flexibility to browse our collection from the comfort of your own home. If you’re not sure about size, we can advise with that too via our Virtual Fitting service. 

Whether your little ones need a pair of sturdy school shoes or you're in search of comfortable yet stylish footwear for yourself, we're here to lend a helping hand and offer expert guidance to make your shopping experience as seamless as possible.

We strive to create an environment where everyone feels accepted, respected, and valued. Whether you're a regular customer or visiting us for the first time, we want you to feel like a cherished member of the SoleLution family.

We hope that you'll take advantage of our autism-aware initiatives and feel confident knowing that SoleLution is a place where you and your family can feel welcome, supported, and understood. Whether you're in need of expert shoe fitting advice, seeking out the latest trends in footwear, or simply looking for a warm and welcoming environment to explore, we're here to help.

Thank you for choosing SoleLution as your go-to destination for quality footwear and exceptional customer service. We look forward to welcoming you and your family with open arms and helping you find the right shoes for your soles.

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