To think the range of Infant Girls Shoes available to purchase are awful ?

(20 Posts)
CheshireDing Mon 10-Feb-14 11:16:00

Everything PFB (27 months) needs new shoes we have the same issue. She only has little feet and I hate that I have to ask the sales person in every store to check the boys options too.

I just want nice, well made shoes which are filled in (not T bar style so her socks get wet) with velcro, which doesn't dig right in to her fat little ankle.

I don't want bright pink, fairies, flowers (especially at £40 plus).

pasdechat Mon 10-Feb-14 11:18:39

Too many gaudy embellishments I've found!

winterhat Mon 10-Feb-14 11:21:33

YANBU. The boys options are far more practical. Shoes for girls used to be in a variety of colours such as blue, brown, red, and practical for a muddy run around the park, not just pink and glittery!

Showy Mon 10-Feb-14 11:22:14

I quite like t-bar style shoes. If dd's socks were going to get wet, then she was in wellies anyway.

Why don't you like asking about the boys options? Is it the ridiculous idea that there are shoes for boys and shoes for girls (always annoyed me too). DD has always turned up her nose at girls' shoes anyway. She's 6 and always chose from the boys' range. Nowadays, she lives in Doc Marten's or snow boots. In summer, you're lucky if she'll wear shoes.

melliebobs Mon 10-Feb-14 11:23:41

And this is why I avoid the high street and go to the local independent kids shoe shop where I live. Ok they are a bit more expensive but have more choice, shoes that don't scream girlie, pink n glitter , they fit them a lot better than the girl at Clark's did and they have a decent loyalty scheme to boot

Nocomet Mon 10-Feb-14 11:26:37

Pink they have to be pink

I had a bright orange haired toddler, with red, blue and burgundy clothes (she looked awful in pink and violet). I really didn't want pink shoes!

CheshireDing Mon 10-Feb-14 11:29:16

No sorry Showy I mean I hate the fact I HAVE to ask them to check the boys options too (as otherwise they just come out with some damn impractical hideous-looking girly shoe.

Most of the time she has ended up with boys shoes (excluding the Lelli Kelly she wanted) grin

ikeaismylocal Mon 10-Feb-14 11:30:53

Yabu to categorise shoes into boys and girls. Just ask to see all closed shoes in the right size.

Ds has a pair of pink closed shoes, it would never occurto me that they were girls shoes.

soverylucky Mon 10-Feb-14 11:31:16

I agree op. When we were kids you could get basic shoes in red, brown, blue etc with no glitter or embroidery so would go with pretty much anything. Hate the kids shoes you get in most shoe shops now.

CheshireDing Mon 10-Feb-14 11:32:32

I have now purchased a pair of Timberlands for her on line grin in the sale.

Yes I have tried the independents previously too. For a while it was actually cheaper to import from the USA (even including P&P) than it was to buy her decent practical shoes over here so she had a few of those, unfortunately Customs stopped that sad

Pink or white are completely impractical when it has yet to snow too <have turned in to my Grandma>

CheshireDing Mon 10-Feb-14 11:33:26

No Ikea I don't categorise, I hate it when the shops do and it doesn't even occur to them to bring me the boys options too.

WooWooOwl Mon 10-Feb-14 11:33:41

YANBU, but at least with girls you have a decent range of other clothes to choose from. Boys clothes are much more limited than girls and they are always horrible colours, so when it comes to shopping for children's wear, I think you have the better deal as a parent of a girl.

Bearfrills Mon 10-Feb-14 11:34:51

YANBU.

I took DD, 2.5yo, to Clinkards to get fitted for new shoes and the choices were rubbish. She also has very narrow feet. Pale pink patent leather ballet style pumps. Hot pink glittery ballet style pumps. T-bar shoes in solid red, grey, purple, pink, cream(!), and various combinations of those colours.

I don't mind t-bar shoes as she has wellies for wet weather but the colours available meant her shoes would only 'go' with one or two of her outfits. I know she's a toddler and doesn't care but pale pink pumps with navy leggings and a yellow jumper is wrong. The impression I got is that you buy several pairs to go with around outfits whereas I'd rather just buy her one pair that goes with every outfit. I wanted a pair of black t-bar shoes but there were none in her width fitting. She ended up with red t-bar shoes that she picked and loved (and were only a tenner in the sale) and a £10 pair of canvas converse type trainers from the sports shop down the road.

4yo DS on the other hand was spoilt for choice and every single pair was practical, sensibly coloured and would go with everything.

It's rubbish.

Dahlen Mon 10-Feb-14 11:35:26

YANBU. It's got a lot worse in recent years IMO.

I'm another who's given up with the likes of Clarks and now buys from an independent retailer, where you get the same Clarks service of old but with better made shoes that are cheaper. (IMO the quality of Clarks shoes has deteriorated hugely).

nevermindthecat Mon 10-Feb-14 11:35:26

I love little girls' shoes - and wish boots came in adult sizes. They're adorable!

Dahlen Mon 10-Feb-14 11:36:15

Clothes are the same.

If you check out many of the high-street chains, you'll find that the thickness of the material used in girls' clothing is thinner and inferior to boys.

Bearfrills Mon 10-Feb-14 11:40:31

I find the clothes annoying too WooWoo. I complained at our local supermarket as the girls section is three aisles and four end rails while the boys section is half an aisle. DD is so easy to buy clothes for and when she needs new clothes I feel like she gets a different styles to the one she had previously. DS on the other hand is awful to buy clothes for and I feel like I buy the same half dozen outfits over and over again just in different colours.

YANBU. I will return to the local independent that I visited recently who took a look at the shoes dd was wearing and just said themselves they'd bring up the boys shoes for us to look at. I prefer to think of the ranges as displayed in a typical shoe store as "pink" and "other" rather than "girls" and "boys".

SoonToBeSix Mon 10-Feb-14 11:47:55

Yabu for saying 27 months , age two is fine grin

Showy Mon 10-Feb-14 11:56:43

grin SoonToBeSix. I had to count on my fingers and do an 'aaaaaah that'll be two then' calculation.

My 2yo ds only likes glittery, pink shoes. We walked past a shop t'other day and he fell in love with some godawful things with princesses and cherries and glitter and HEELS. This is the boy who chooses to wear a tutu at all times. I thought it rather fortunate that all of dd's boots and trainers would fit him. He is rather disappointed and asks for ballet shoes instead.

You can't win seemingly.

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