I feel your pain, sister! My ds is almost 9, but he has big feet and has just recently passed through that void between youth sizes and mens (sizes 5 and 6) which no one seems to make shoes for! I think he'll be on the other side of that this year. But sports -- ack! Football cleats, basketball shoes, etc., each of which will only fit for one season -- at men's shoe prices??
Yes, we just emerged from the no man's land (literally!) of size 6. Even size 7 are hard to find. I figure in another 6 months he'll be up to an 8 and shoes will be easy to find again, if expensive. I'm just hoping he tops out at a 13 or 14 so that we can find shoes in normal stores. Dh is a 13, I'm a women's 11 (10 before I had kids). The saving grace is that they don't have wide feet. Ds is a narrow actually. (My mom wears a 10 AAA. Try finding shoes in that size!)