Back-to-School Shopping Heats Up

by Lorraine Mirabella

Baltimore, MD – As music videos played on flat screen TVs overhead, Brendon Lee, 7, sank into a brown cushioned stool at Shoe City on Monday while his great-aunt poked the toe of the white Converse sneaker on his left foot. It was the right shoe but the wrong size. “Your toe is right there,” said Evelyn Forby, as she waited for a store associate to check in the back for something larger. New shoes were the last thing on the list as the Baltimore resident wrapped up back-to-school shopping for the boy she’s raised since he was a baby. It was a scene repeated again and again at Shoe City and other Mondawmin Mall retailers Monday as parents embarked on the annual ritual of preparing for a new school year.

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