The shops are there, but they're expensive compared to what many people are used to, who move here from overseas. My 11-year old is now comfortably into adult shoe sizes (size 6, and I'm a 7, yikes!) but when her feet were still growing at light speed, it honestly wasn't worth getting her expensive leather shoes as she'd go through maybe two pairs of cheapie shoes from The Warehouse / Number One Shoe Warehouse before she went up a size anyway. So not worth the extra outlay!