For some, getting a new pair of shoes is just another thing they have to do, but for others, finding the perfect pair means so much more.
Landon Pearson saw a pair of bright Under Armour sneakers on a billboard, and he knew as soon as he laid eyes on them that they would be the first pair of shoes he’d own that wouldn’t have to accommodate any corrective equipment.
He was born with a clubfoot and for years wore casts and braces to correct the issue.
Eight-year-old Landon and his mother, Natalie Schuneman, recently visited an Under Armour outlet store in Albertville, Minnesota, with the intentions of purchasing the neon-colored sneakers for the young boy.
“They’re a nice yellow and orange,” Landon told KARE 11. “I like shoes that have color. I saw them up on this giant billboard and I thought that they were pretty cool.”
Before trying the sneakers on, Landon had his feet measured.
Schuneman shared with KARE 11 that her son had been born with a clubfoot, and ever since he had been born he wore either a hard cast or brace to help correct his foot.
“Being in casts so much kind of stunted the growth of his foot,” she said.
So, rather than attempting to guess what size he was, Schuneman asked Sean Kelly, the store’s manager, if he could measure her son’s feet.
Both Kelly and Schuneman were surprised at the difference in size.
Kelly didn’t mind helping the boy and his mother out, so he measured Landon’s feet and got two very different numbers. His right foot was a size six and his left foot was a size three.
“I was shocked because I thought maybe it was only a shoe size difference,” Schuneman said. “Three shoe sizes is kind of a lot, so I cried.”
Schuneman needed to purchase two different sizes for Landon.
Landon’s mother made a comment about buying two pairs of shoes, and though she claims she didn’t mean anything by it, Kelly made her an offer.
“I said, ‘How about you buy the [size] three, I’ll buy the [size] six.’ He gets to go home with the pair that he wants. Why not make him happy?” Kelly said.
The store manager purchased one pair of shoes, while Schuneman paid for the other.
The mother and son were stunned by Kelly’s good deed.
“It meant the world to Landon and myself that this man offered such a nice gesture,” she wrote on Facebook.
Kelly’s thoughtfulness left Schuneman feeling inspired.
Although Kelly said his action was part of the job, Schuneman still couldn’t believe he paid for the extra pair of shoes out of his own pocket.
“It just makes you feel good,” she told KARE 11. “It makes you want to be a better person.”
As for Landon, he loves his new sneakers.
“My foot feels free,” the 8-year-old said. “They’re my favorite shoes.”