To expect shoes to last more than half a term

(78 Posts)
MellowMarshmallow Tue 29-Oct-13 23:17:54

Bought ds1 (8) pair of Kickers for school and after 7 weeks the 'leather' has split all over them. Bought from sportsdirect. Last year he had a pair of Clarks that only lasted one term before the insole went hard and curled up at the end. After that we made do with cheap pairs which we considered disposable.

So wary of spending good money on more expensive shoes in case they only make it to Christmas. So frustrating. And no it's not him. He doesn't pick at them, just normal running round the playground wear and tear.

Rant over.

Notmyidea Wed 30-Oct-13 07:18:11

No, I've learnt the hard way this half term to keep the receipt! Worth taking back, though. I still got 10% off a new pair as a goodwill gesture from our local independent shop.
I think, for us, it's a case of dc walking to school in all weathers that, perhaps, modern shoe manufacturers don't allow for these days:S

Notmyidea Wed 30-Oct-13 07:20:05

By the way, local shop said that if a kids shoe is worn out before it's outgrown they would refund with a receipt.

MrsPatrickDempsey Wed 30-Oct-13 07:23:08

Same here - DS 7 had a pair of Kickers for the new term in September and I had to exchange them (same reason) three weeks ago. Duff batch! Yanbu.

Bakingtins Wed 30-Oct-13 07:24:57

I have this problem with DS1. I have no idea what he does to shoes. Perhaps notmy is right and manufacturers assume kids are driven everywhere. Getting on better with Geoxx this term from an independent shop, and purposefully chose ones which basically have uppers with only a couple of pieces of leather as they tend to split on the seams.
Given up with trainers, buy the cheapest possible and accept he will ruin them in weeks.

MrsLouisTheroux Wed 30-Oct-13 07:26:46

As soon as DD's shoes get wet they start 'wearing out' / looking scruffy. Waterproof spray doesn't help. They last about a term sad

noisytoys Wed 30-Oct-13 07:26:50

Try Hush Puppies they can really take a beating and last all year

BodaciousTatas Wed 30-Oct-13 07:27:39

Bad lot of Kickers maybe? Dd's have always lasted the school year. But the. Again she only has one walking speed (dead dead slow) so that maybe why.

TwoTearsInABucket Wed 30-Oct-13 07:30:24

I bought some cheap (er than Clarks) shoes from brantano for DS, and they are very very worn already. Shouldn't be surprised really. I'll have to go to John Lewis and spend some money now hmm

Branleuse Wed 30-Oct-13 07:42:51

dd (5) seems to have a habit of making holes through the toes of both her last pairs of shoes. (Ricosta then clarks) I dont know how. Ive now bought her patent DMs, and if they dont last, nothing will.

ds1 wears the soles out by dragging his feet, but his ricosta boots have lasted pretty well, relatively. Ive had cheap shoes last less than a couple of weeks with him, but these ricosta boots that i bought for about £25 on ebay, new, have lasted months,

Branleuse Wed 30-Oct-13 07:44:05

kickers are hit and miss. Ds1 had some that the sole split in weeks. dd and ds had some that wore really well, but were never partcularly waterproof,

Spidermama Wed 30-Oct-13 07:49:51

I was fuming to find the Vans I'd bought mine, and in their school of 2.5 thousand at least half the pupils seem to have, had completely peeled at the sole a couple of weeks ago.
Shoddy! Quite literally.

MellowMarshmallow Wed 30-Oct-13 08:28:09

Glad to know it's not just me then (well not glad, as I suppose I'd rather you weren't also having to pay out for new shoes every 6 weeks).

Going to email sportsdirect where I bought them from but won't hold my breath.

These say they are real leather, but they are peeling like those leather coated shoes so don't think they are. Wondering whether I should drop an email to trading standards too in case they are fakes.

Haven't tried Hush Puppies so guess they're next.

WhereIsMyHat Wed 30-Oct-13 08:51:27

That is bad form! I would e-mail them. We had a similar but different issue with clarks were helpful and sorted the issue with very little fuss.

We're very happy with my DS's ricosta ones, timo I think the style is. They have a double layer of leather at the from that hides scuffs easily.

marriedinwhiteisback Wed 30-Oct-13 09:00:51

I bought dd a pair of clarks school shoes in Sept 2011 and a pair of Start-rite ones in Sept 2012. She is 15 and her feet stopped growing years ago. They are both going strong and she does a lot of walking. I am willing them to fall to pieces but she refuses point blank to have them replaced and they still polish up well. The insole did curl up and go hard in the start-rite ones after about a year so I took it out and replaced it with one of those cork ones.

mrsjay Wed 30-Oct-13 09:01:32

you would expect kickers to be hard wearing although sports direct do get rejects in IYSWIM but i would contact kickers and complain

saying that I once bought dd2 a pair of brogue style shoes from M n S they lasted till september (we go back in august) I took them back the customer services said to me, Well if she is walking quite far for school then they are not really suitable for walking that far , (she walks a mile and a bit a day) could you not let her wear trainers to school and then put her shoes on in school shock

LadyEdith Wed 30-Oct-13 09:01:54

Ricosta are great. Lasted my boys a whole year of walking to school and playing football at lunchtime.

worley Wed 30-Oct-13 09:07:51

We have a great little independent shop near us. But some of the shoes are expensive. However I've discovered the geox black trainer type shoes are worth the money. Ds2 is slow to grow out of shoes and they will last him a good few terms so we do get the money worth. They were about £40 I think. The best thing is the rubber toe to stop scuffing..
these ones

teacherandguideleader Wed 30-Oct-13 09:11:50

I wonder if sports direct were selling a duff batch off cheap that didn't meet normal quality assurance. A lot of branded stuff I buy from there never lasts as long as from a full price sports store.

Good luck dealing with sports direct, I've always found their customer service dire!

AnyChippednailvarnishfucker Wed 30-Oct-13 09:32:50

Bought some Geox in September and they are falling apart already. Back to kickers for me...

whogrewoutoftheterribletwos Wed 30-Oct-13 10:20:00

I used to buy kickers for ds but a few years ago they seemed to change them slightly - leather not so thick, different stitching and soles. After that they would wear out pretty quickly. I think it may be different manufacturing has compromised the quality

cece Wed 30-Oct-13 10:24:02

I got a refund on a pair of Clarks shoes that fell apart within a term. But you do need to keep the receipt.

Tailtwister Wed 30-Oct-13 10:31:44

YANBU, they should be lasting longer than half a term. A good tip for us all to ensure we keep receipts.

We ended up with Ricosta school shoes for DS1, mainly as he has small narrow feet and they were the best fit. However, they have seemed to last pretty well so far and polish up well. Very expensive though, but hopefully will be cost effective in the long term.

Chattymummyhere Wed 30-Oct-13 10:33:07

We are returning a pair if m&s shoes for my reception child they lasted not even the whole half term as they did not start till 2 weeks after everyone else.

Trainers last ages but shoes seem to go very fast

Mogz Wed 30-Oct-13 11:07:07

If they're leather are you making sure your DC use suitable polish and buff them each day after they get in from school? It really does help prolong the life of the shoes, so long as they're not dragging their feet or badly scuffing them on things.

I have returned more than one pair because they haven't lasted as long as I think they should. Each time they have agreed that they should have lasted longer and I have had the money I spent off a new pair with sizing checked too, actually had money back once as shoes were cheaper.

I agree with Notmyidea that perhaps it's because we walk to school and back and that shoes aren't made for that but it's 15min walk each way so not excessive and we do polish them, often ds1 goes through the soles sad

EmeraldJeanie Wed 30-Oct-13 12:17:24

We have just had a bad experience with Duck and Dive bought from BHS.
Lost receipt. Only survived September! Scuffed on day one and sole half off starting at the front. Very fed up and will go back to supermarket shoes which are much more resilient.

fedupdownhere Wed 30-Oct-13 12:25:16

this happened to my sons kickers went back to sports direct today and was told its not a manufacturing fault so nothing they will do, said it was scuffing definitely wasn't as it bubbled up and peeled off in the same place on both sidessad

MellowMarshmallow Wed 30-Oct-13 17:20:27

fedupdownhere - mine were the Robby shoes from Sportsdirect and that's exactly what happened- the top layer of leather bubbled up from its backing then split open. Not scuffed. And its not one the toes where you would expect scuffs - its all around the sides.

When I can finally track down the email I will send and email to Sports Direct and copy in Trading Standards. Might not get me anywhere but worth a try.

BetsyBell Wed 30-Oct-13 17:34:01

I did a similar thread the other day! Sportsdirect shoes seem to last about 5 minutes with my DS's. They wear them through at the soles. I'm going to splash out and try Geox or Startrite as others insisted they'd last longer - going shopping tomorrow and I'll check about returns of worn out shoes while I'm there - if they only last the average of 6 weeks we normally get then I'd expect a refund. <must keep receipt> grin

Clarks were no better than shoes half their prices so I deffo won't be going back there.

Bumblequeen Wed 30-Oct-13 17:34:07

My dd's shoes from Clarks are still in good condition. They are leather with a patent front.

uselessinformation Wed 30-Oct-13 19:35:37

son's Clarks shows still going strong after 14 months and mine after 3 years word day in day out.

uselessinformation Wed 30-Oct-13 19:36:29

Shoes not shows and worn not word!

I've been battling with DD wearing out her shoes too fast. Last pair got worn out 4 weeks before the end of the summer term. I didn't want to pay a lot of money for 4 weeks wear so I bought her a pair of £6 ASDA shoes. They are still going strong, although she has a new pair of Kickers now the wet weather has arrived. I suspect I'll be buying the odd pair of ASDA shoes again to tide us over awkward gaps.

My ds's wear Clark's and they still wear out, my Clark's on the other hand are very long lasting smile

Similar thread
This was a similar thread a while ago about kickers from Wynsors who wouldn't take responsibility for them being below standard. The OP was taking this up with Kickers but never updated. Maybe you could try this too?

crazykat Wed 30-Oct-13 20:10:52

I've given up on expensive shoes. I've tried most brands and they last one term if I'm lucky and my eldest is only in year one. Now I just buy a cheap pair and expect them to only last half a term. I just make sure they fit properly.

harticus Wed 30-Oct-13 20:11:46

We always stick to cheap shoes now because they are fraction of the cost and have a longer lifespan.

Awomansworth Wed 30-Oct-13 20:16:53

YANBU - I've already taken ds's clarks shoes back, splitting around the seams after 6 weeks of wear, not what you expect for a £40 pair of shoes.

Saying that his clarks ones from last year lasted him a full year and still looked better than the ones I took back.

I'm glad I kept the receipt, no issues in store.

crazykat Wed 30-Oct-13 20:17:21

Best school shoes I've had for DS were from asda and lasted him all I last year, he was only half a day so same as a term and a half but I've already had to replace his sketchers ones that he's only worn for four weeks at school full time.

Best shoes DD1 has had we're some boots from matalan, they replaced her clarks shoes that lasted until the October half term last year.

CaterpillarCara Wed 30-Oct-13 20:19:13

Go to a decent independent shop and keep the receipts. I had three pairs of shoes replaced last year - the first pair was £40 and the rest were all free.

MellowMarshmallow Wed 30-Oct-13 20:46:12

Thanks for the recommendations.

It's so frustrating because he had one pair Clarks for 2 school years on the bounce that lasted for the whole year. Then one pair that made it about half way through the year, then the last lot that fell apart.

Similarly have had super cheap shoes that last 5 mins, and the odd pair that go on forever.

CaterpillarCara Wed 30-Oct-13 20:56:11

My shoe shop told me that a lot of the manufacturers are cutting corners due to a recession. They will fight your corner with the manufacturer though, so it works out better than paying slightly less than somewhere like Sports Direct who just don't care.

BetsyBell Fri 01-Nov-13 07:27:29

Right, I've spent a lot of money on 2 pairs of Geox (1 pair each for each DS that is) and John Lewis said their returns policy covered 90 days but wear and tear returns was at their discretion. They really better had last more than the usual 6 weeks... We'll see.

way2serious Fri 01-Nov-13 07:44:47

My DS has always had Clarks which have always lasted well. However he is now 13 and has size 9 feet and we can only get men's shoes. His school are strict that they have to wear proper black shoes. The problem with men's shoes is that they just aren't built for playing football in at lunchtime or after school. I paid £60 for a pair of Hush Puppies at the start of term and are desperate for them to last til Christmas. Would welcome any suggestions of shoes for next time.

DIddled Fri 01-Nov-13 07:48:44

Way2- Clark's bootleg def go up to 9.I always get the full school year out of mine.

BetsyBell Fri 01-Nov-13 07:56:14

My kids wear through the soles of Clarks in a few weeks. I don't care about scuffing or them looking new but I do care about feet staying dry.

way2 Would DMs be acceptable at school? I can see we'll have similar problems when DS1 is at secondary - currently size 5 at age 9.

Chippednailvarnish Fri 01-Nov-13 14:38:17

I took the advice on the thread and returned Ds's Geox shoes to the store.
They replaced them straight away, checked they were still the correct size and said if there were any problems in the next 12 months to return them. I'm going to be buying Geox shoes From now and I've even started a new thread to spread the word!

oscarwilde Fri 01-Nov-13 14:48:54

Haven't tried these but saw them highly recommended on school shoe threads back in September. Having seen SA roads first hand, they might be worth a try.

oscarwilde Fri 01-Nov-13 14:57:08

Out of interest, does anyone have their kids in Dr Marten's shoes? Do they wear well?

marriedinwhiteisback Fri 01-Nov-13 15:01:39

dd had a pair of DM Mary Janes with a little strap and buckle when she was about 8 I think. They were fabulous and worked well for her wide, square feet and high instep too. Her feet never grew very quickly and I think we got at least a year out of them but as I have said up thread her shoes seem to last a long long time anyway.

This is why i buy dc cheap shoes, there are four of them that need a pair and regardless of where purchased they always last 4-5/or less weeks. I bought into Clarks with pfb because i thought they were superiorgrin, yeh right they lasted her 2 weeks before they were wrecked beyond disaster.

I have tried all expensive brands hoping for more wear but i then realised they are all made abroad and all made cheaply, so now it's Tesco or good old Shoe Zone for us.
£10-12 each child per month is doable, £32-42 per month isn'tshock

BetsyBell Fri 01-Nov-13 15:11:51

Last pair of shoe zone shoes lasted less than a week! I did return those.

I like the look of those Toughees Oscar

Chipped I now feel even better about the Geox purchase smile

Chippednailvarnish Fri 01-Nov-13 18:14:59

I was expecting them to try to wriggle out of replacing them, but they couldn't have been nicer! Even to the point of letting me pick a different style if I wanted to.
Maybe its just a sad reflection of the poor levels of service we generally accept as the norm.

pigletmania Fri 01-Nov-13 20:00:52

My intoe shoe scuffing dd6 has had her school kickers fir a year and a bit and they are in great shape and still fit her. I got thr ones with the hard toe, base built like a dodgem car undercarriage. Depends what tyoe of kickers they are

glammanana Fri 01-Nov-13 23:47:20

Just a note about Kickers my DD was told at school gates that a lot of the kickers bought this last Aug/Sept had been found to be fakes that had got into the chain somehow she found out when she complained about the state of DGSs shoes after only 3 weeks and he is not too heavy on them but they looked like they where ready for bin.So if not happy take them back and insist on exchange.

pigletmania Sat 02-Nov-13 13:48:51

Mine were from John Lewis btw

5madthings Sat 02-Nov-13 13:54:57

I always biy geox, ricosta or ecco for my boys, we have had one pair we had to take back and they were happy to replace them.

Some of the geox styles have a sort of rubber bit over the toe which is very good for kids that scooter etc.

Ime they are worth the money, my four boys are tough in their shoes.

lljkk Sat 02-Nov-13 13:55:59

buff & polish every day after school?!! Wow.

DD didn't like kickers, didn't like fat toe boy shoe look. Chose some thick sole brogues instead (thank goodness).

5madthings Sat 02-Nov-13 14:02:35

Ha ha at polishing them everyday., I do dds shoes once a week or so as one pair is red and one pair is blue and I don't want them scuffed.

I do ds3's occasionally, the elder two boys do their own every so often.

Ds4's geox ones don't need polish.

pigletmania Sat 02-Nov-13 14:51:56

These are dd kickers, very solid yet girls

pigletmania Sat 02-Nov-13 14:52:23

Girly doh

iseenodust Sat 02-Nov-13 15:03:17

YANBU I share your pain. Primigi when he was younger were great but I've not seen larger sizes (now takes adult size5). Leather shoes from Brantano bought in Sept and the leather has worn on the inside of the shoe at the ankle. This weeks buy is Lee Cooper lace ups but look to have a very sturdy sole...from Sports Direct so we'll see but only £16.99.

MellowMarshmallow Sat 02-Nov-13 15:06:55

Chipped where did you buy the Geox? I really would be happy to pay if they would last a year.

lljkk Sat 02-Nov-13 19:29:57

Our local JLewis doesn't sell Kickers AT ALL.
I wouldn't want a sandal style shoe for DD, anyway. She walks thru snow & doesn't want to take wellies (many do, mind).

MissBetseyTrotwood Sat 02-Nov-13 19:46:32

Geox have been the best for us. By a country mile. Still going strong after a year they were; the DSs had grown out of them before they wore out.

Circs forced us into Clarks this year; by half term we've been forced to buy new ones as there's a hole in the top of one!

Start Rite on the other DS are fine so far though.

Chippednailvarnish Sat 02-Nov-13 20:01:40

I went to the Geox shop in Westfield Stratford, but they are also online.

Just came to find this thread to find out when I bought the geox shoes for 9yo. He's worn through the sole already - it's taken a month sad

Now where did I carefully put away the receipt I wonder…

Rhythmisadancer Tue 03-Dec-13 13:32:04

Same problem with my football mad DS. Gets through a pair of Clarks in a term. This September he demolished a cheaper pair in four weeks. So I bought him some Doc Martens (shoes) and they are still going strong. He looks a bit like a postman, but I think in a cool way. Will be expensive next time he grows though as adult sizes start at 3.

Geox shoes have been returned and replaced by John Lewis - another pair of alternative Geox. I hope they last longer than a month, I don't think I will feel happy returning another pair as it clearly my kid and not the shoes. I'm trying to get him to walk differently!

Rufustherednosedreindeer Sat 07-Dec-13 17:53:31

Just got a "free" new pair of shoes for my son as his shoes are destroyed. We bought them for September

The shop staff were very helpful but said he must have caught them on something, he hasn't. The same thing happened with his shoes in June. I just couldn't be bothered to winge as I knew I would be getting him a new pair in the autumn term

Bloody things cost nearly £50!!!!

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sat 07-Dec-13 17:59:47

I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised by Sainsbury's school shoes. I bought them for the DC to wear to a family event in the school holidays, they have worn them to school every day since then and they are still going strong. Both kids give them a fair bit of stick too, and only thing that's happened is a few small marks.
Shall be investing in Sainsbury's shoes again when their feet grow.

SkinnybitchWannabe Sat 07-Dec-13 18:14:17

Good luck with sports direct, Ive always found their customer service to be utter shite!
I bought my youngest ds some shoes from Brantanos in september, by November they had started receipt but they still exchanged them.

SomethingOnce Sat 07-Dec-13 18:58:00

Interesting, glammanana.

DD's September/October Kickers from SportsDirect haven't lasted (heel of sole). Kickers aren't interested and told us to contact SportsDirect. Will do that and update here with what they come back with. I'm not optimistic as SD aren't known for great customer experience.

Very disappointed with Kickers - both the quality of their product and their initial response.

WhirlyByrd Sun 08-Dec-13 09:35:38

Our kickers are going back today. There are holes in the heel and the leather has peeled off the front. Not happy!

Bakerof3pudsxx Sun 08-Dec-13 09:39:26

I just buy shoes from Asda/tesco about £17 a pair

They only last a term max but so did the Clark's that cost twice as much!

MalcolmTuckersMistress Sun 08-Dec-13 09:40:25

My 8 year old is an an absolute git when it comes to trashing his shoes. Cheap or expensive he goes through them at an alarming rate. For comparison my nearly 6yo DD keeps hers scuff free forever.

I shoe my horse less often than I shoe DS and I have told him if he doesn't stop being such a thug I will ask my farrier to give HIM metal shoes next time he's out!

Bakerof3pudsxx Sun 08-Dec-13 09:40:29

That's £17 max by the way I've had some that were only £10

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