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AIBU to think Clarks shoes shouldn't have caused blister?

(28 Posts)
Jellybeanz1 Fri 06-Sep-13 15:42:29

I picked my daughter up from school only to have to go straight to the chemist and buy blister plasters as her new shoes had caused a sore at the back of her heel. I feel annoyed as I thought queuing for the fitting and paying extra avoided that. I put leather stretcher spray on them and sent her in with a packet of plasters and some comfy socks and will wait to see what happens today. I feel annoyed but they were the only black shoes she had for her new school. Will it settle down or should I get them changed (groan 1/2 hour journey and Saturday gone sad)

Madlizzy Fri 06-Sep-13 15:45:18

Some here will say that they need to be broken in, but I disagree. A well fitting shoe will not rub and cause blisters. I'd take them back.

Indith Fri 06-Sep-13 15:45:50

If you go back they should exchange them, you won't have to buy a new pair as a well fitted shoe shouldn't cause blisters so it is a fault with the fitting.

Dd has hush puppies and hers were rubbing this week. Our fitter is normally excellent (mobile one woman independent outfit) but she made a mistake. It happens, they are only human.

Jellybeanz1 Fri 06-Sep-13 15:47:04

Yes I've put up with blisters on my own 'fashion' shoes. I somehow thought I was paying more and providing better for my dd.

Jellybeanz1 Fri 06-Sep-13 15:48:24

Will it matter that I have put leather stretcher spray on them?

Madlizzy Fri 06-Sep-13 15:49:08

No, I don't think so.

BlingBang Fri 06-Sep-13 15:51:42

Sometimes blisters happen, especially if the show is hard and new, don't think buying Clarks shoes or even really expensive ones means that it will never happer. Take them back by all means though if you aren't happy. I've taken shoes back when they have been really sore.

InternationalPower Fri 06-Sep-13 15:53:13

I have returned 2 pairs of shoes to Clarks for this(over 12 years/2 dc) and they've replaced/refunded without any problems.

Shoes only cause blisters if they don't fit. Clark know this so will accept that the fit must be wrong(may want to check for"training purposes")-provided shoes were worn with socks.

mamaabc Fri 06-Sep-13 16:17:30

Take them back. Get a full refund. Do not accept any excuses. Well fitted shoes do not do this to kids feet.

Had this with my dd's shoes..

5 mins after fitting and having worn them to walk down the highstreet (dd chuffed to bits with new shoes) Massive blister...

Shoe fitter gave me all manner of rubbish when I took them back... Apparently new shoes weren't to be worn straight away??!!!

Blew a gasket at the manager, as you don't spend £40 and an hour of your time to get blisters on 'fitted shoes'... She saw sense, as I was livid! Got a full refund and went elsewhere

OneUp Fri 06-Sep-13 17:03:51

Take it back, Clarks shoes shouldn't cause blisters unless they've been badly fitted. You're paying enough for them after all! If you bought them during the Back To School season you likely had a fairly new shoe fitter who was being rushed. They are only given ten minutes to sell a pair of shoes (my fiance works there), and get told off if they spend too long with a customer.

OneUp Fri 06-Sep-13 17:05:10

take them back* sorry.

Jellybeanz1 Fri 06-Sep-13 17:20:55

Many thanks I will exchange them tomorrow. Dd was fine with them today but says she doesn't want to have to wear thick socks with tights all time (fair enough).

SoupDragon Fri 06-Sep-13 17:23:59

Why did you put leather stretcher spray on them? [confsed]

BrokenSunglasses Fri 06-Sep-13 17:24:06

YANBU if the shoes were fitted in one of their shops or in somewhere like John Lewis.

Definitely take them back and get a refund. Take the receipt for the blister platers as well, those things aren't cheap and you should never have needed to buy them.

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Fri 06-Sep-13 17:31:16

New shoes always cause blisters until they're worn in and your feet have got used to them, they'll be fine in a couple of weeks.

Edendance Fri 06-Sep-13 17:31:59

I would leave it, they definitely will settle down. New shoes will often rub before they've worn in a little. Put a plaster over the sore bit and when it's healed the shoes should be fine.

If you take pairs of shoes back to the shop each time they rub at all you'll never leave the shop.

Mama, new shoes shouldn't be worn straight away, they should be worn at home for short periods of time to break them in before being worn for a whole day or lots of walking.

SoupDragon Fri 06-Sep-13 17:32:26

New shoes always cause blisters until they're worn in

No they don't.

InternationalPower Fri 06-Sep-13 17:48:26

Yes, why did you stretch them? If they're bigger than they were when they were fitted no wonder they rub

Edendance Fri 06-Sep-13 17:49:41

They do tend to Soup- every persons feet are different and shops cannot sell shoes perfectly shaped for every foot- all they can do is fit as closely as possible. There will be different pressure points from different shoes and on harder, newer shoes that can result in blisters.

Likelihood of blisters can be minimised by buying correctly fitted, leather shoes, wearing socks and breaking new shoes in gradually over a few days around the home.

ivykaty44 Fri 06-Sep-13 17:51:14

if you have put leather stretch spray on them - will this have stretched the shoes? Not familiar with this product

Ezio Fri 06-Sep-13 17:52:16

My DDs Clarks shoes have given her blisters too.

Infact every pair of shoes shes ever had, has given her blisters.

mamaabc Fri 06-Sep-13 18:10:55

Edendance.. Walking for 5mins up a high street (ie back to the car) = as 'breaking in' new shoes by pottering about at home in them. Totally agree that no one in their right mind goes off for a 10mile hike in new shoes, but well fitted shoes (ie every other pair since she's had since walking... Therefore about 30pairs) have NOT blistered R.

If you buy approximate, cheap shoes 'off the peg' you may expect blisters, but at clarkes prices you expect for shoes to be comfy and not blister. that is the whole point of getting shoes fitted by an 'expert'

The state her feet were in for 5 mins walking in poorly fitted shoes, she couldn't wear anything on her feet for nearly a week as so sore.

Not what you expect from new fitted shoes.

footphobic Fri 06-Sep-13 18:24:03

I've been buying primarily Clarks school shoes for my 5 dcs for the last 14 years and never had a blister, except once.

Last year a new pair of Clarks shoes for dd3 rubbed on the side of her foot causing a sore blister. I took her back in with them. On that occasion it wasn't a poor fitting as such, it was the design of that particular shoe wasn't quite right for the shape of her foot where her bone stuck out a little, causing a pressure point and so rubbing on a seam inside. It was the inside side of the foot and only became apparent with wearing. There are obviously different designs, so it's a matter of getting an experienced fitter involved. DD's were exchanged for a more suitable pair which have been fine.

A heel blister is in all likelihood from a bad fit, it's not normal that they rub, that's rubbish.

I can't see how stretcher spray would help if the heel is rubbing, it's the fit that's the problem. Our fitter who is a really good fitter and has worked there for years said properly fitted children's shoes should never cause a blister, and if they ever did definitely return them for replacement.

Take them back.

eggsandwich Fri 06-Sep-13 18:48:26

I totally agree that they should'nt rub and cause blisters, my dd is 10 years old now and we find that because she is an adult size 4 all the shoe's available for her now come without the extra cushioning on the back of the shoe so they always rub, have now found some from next which don't rub and they do them in larger size's, we do get her feet measured at Clarks first though.

Saffyz Fri 06-Sep-13 18:52:39

I don't go to Clarks any more as I don't think their fitters are any good. They fob you off with what they have in stock regardless of whether it actually fits.

phantomnamechanger Fri 06-Sep-13 18:56:18

I have had this and went back, they did not quibble at all, in fact the more experienced lady I saw was really quite annoyed that someone else had "fitted" them so badly - DDs foot was bleeding in 2 places, the style was not suitable for her high arches and one foot was a full half size bigger than the other which had not been mentioned at all

that's a problem with having young inexperienced holiday staff

Jellybeanz1 Fri 06-Sep-13 19:09:36

I only put the leather stretcher spray on the back of the heel after the blister was caused, in the hope of softening the leather at that one point. I'm not sure it worked as you are supposed to put them in wooden shoe inserts after (but I didn't have any). I suppose I wanted to feel I was doing something but they don't actually feel any softer.

ILikeBirds Fri 06-Sep-13 19:33:51

Every pair of shoes i've ever had has given me blisters but assuming your dd doesn't normally get blisters i'd take them back.

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