to think Clarks know nothing about little girls?

(43 Posts)
missymayhemsmum Wed 23-Apr-14 21:45:02

I have almost always bought Clarks shoes - we have a family history of strange wide feet, hammer toes etc. So the rule is Clarks shoes, binned the moment they start to get small for my kids, even if everything else they wear comes from ebay/ oxfam. This week I did the easter shoe shop thing with DD(7), expecting to replace school shoes and swop winter boots for sandally things. Only all the nice pretty robust styles only go up to about a junior 10, apparently. Now my dd is (I think) a fairly average 7 year old aspiring fairy princess, who in an average day will climb a wall, stop a swing with her toes, pick at her shoe soles when bored in class, fall over, jump in puddles and generally kick her way through a pair of shoes. And she is now in a size 1G.
Now Clarks do gorgeous robust toe protecting footwear in bright colours and width fittings for under 5s. They even do gorgeous robust toe protecting footwear in bright colours and width fittings for over 45s! So what do they think they are doing offering a 7 year old either strappy white summer sandals or black ballet pumps? Practical footwear? For boys only, it seems.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Wed 23-Apr-14 21:46:47

I always bought Clarkes until someone got dd a pair of crocs. Best shoes ever owned. she bombs around in them, they are robust and washable. Perfect.

zoemaguire Wed 23-Apr-14 21:49:43

Totally agree. Its very odd! I don't even bother going in there any more, so poor is the choice in those kinds of sizes.

ICanSeeTheSun Wed 23-Apr-14 21:50:02

I second crocs.

DD wants Lillie Kelly shoes, she can jog on.

Clarks was hopeless at fitting my DC shoes

RiverTam Wed 23-Apr-14 21:53:33

write to them? You are right, the Doodles range only really goes up to size 9, which is bonkers, DD will be that next year when she's only 5!

littledrummergirl Wed 23-Apr-14 21:55:15

I get frustrated in there trying to get winter shoes for my dd. I want them to cover her whole foot, not just the toe end, she has really narrow feet as well so they tend to gape.
I understand your frustration.

scarlettsmummy2 Wed 23-Apr-14 22:05:52

Flip, my daughter is five and a size nine. She just got some gorgeous spotty shoes- I had no idea they only went up to a ten. That's a real shame as they have some lovely little girls shoes at the moment.

nicky2512 Wed 23-Apr-14 22:11:32

My complaint with clarks girls shoes is that they don't make enough for older kids. DD is 12 and has v narrow feet but there's very little in bigger sizes. My DS has very broad feet and he wears geox shoes and sandals. They might be worth looking at for your DD. I'm not sure about what styles they do for girls but they are a wide fit and very hard wearing. He usually grows out of them rather than wears them out!

RedSoloCup Wed 23-Apr-14 22:14:34

I've gone over the M&S now they are in bigger sizes for school shoes and I've been v happy with what I've bought.

Catsize Wed 23-Apr-14 22:15:29

I fear for the future. Son is 8.5G UK size, and only turned 2 at Christmas. shock

nicky2512 Wed 23-Apr-14 22:17:32

Just to add to that, DS is only 8 and is in a size 3! I will soon be buying adult shoes!

slalomsuki Wed 23-Apr-14 22:19:57

It gets worse. My dd is 8 and has a size 4E foot. I don't want her to have shoes with a heel and still need a narrow width fitting. Also want Velcro trainers but Clarks and other shoe shops don't account for a young girl with big feet.

She is not alone in her class as at least 3 other girls have bigger feet than her at 8

ThePinkOcelot Wed 23-Apr-14 22:24:16

I went off Clarks the, as I think they go shabby really quickly. I buy dds school shoes from a M&S or BHS these days. Much more hard wearing and longer lasting than Clarks. I think Clarks are way over priced too.

nicky2512 Wed 23-Apr-14 22:28:02

O Slalomsuki. That is hard. Most adult shoes are probably too wide for her too. My dd is a size 3 and v narrow but she lives in converse. (I actually started a thread trying to find her nice shoes or sandals). Someone could make a fortune producing kids shoes in more "unusual" sizes!

Ubik1 Wed 23-Apr-14 22:28:46

Oh I agree

I would love some hard wearing shoes in a primary colour for my DDs.

It's all flipping sparkly pinky fairy shite.

Dd3 (4) was after some rather cool boys trainers - the assistant was shock but my daughter actually has taste, it seems.

TimeToThinkOfYourFuture Wed 23-Apr-14 22:31:56

Mine is 3 and already size 10.5! Major meltdown in John Lewis last week as the only options were black. We ended up at Charles Clinkard with a pair of very lovely hush puppies in blue with a bow but also those sensible rubber toes.

ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Wed 23-Apr-14 22:36:47

It's ridiculous. In his school shoes, my son is equipped for puddles, slippery pavements, splashes, and similar eventualities. My daughter is equipped for nothing but impromptu ballet rehearsals.

She is an active nine year old who likes scooting, climbing trees and getting muddy. She also likes shoes with little flowers/stars on them and wants to wear similar styles to her friends. According to Clarks, she can't have both.

OddBoots Wed 23-Apr-14 22:39:40

My dd opted for shoes labelled 'boys' when she got to that stage, I think they had a car rather than a doll in the heel so she was pleased with that too.

itsnothingoriginal Wed 23-Apr-14 22:42:32

Ha ha don't bother writing to them. They don't give a shit!!

Been there, done that and never intend to bother trying Clarks again for DD. I just wish it wasn't so hard to find decent, supportive girls shoes beyond the age of 5/6 yrs sad

Clarks know people will carry on buying their girls shoes in droves despite the fact that their older ranges provide nowhere near enough ankle or arch support for some children.

gallicgirl Wed 23-Apr-14 22:48:21

Have you tried Livie and Luca?
I think they go up to a size 3 in some styles.

Gubbins Wed 23-Apr-14 22:52:14

Toughees do great school shoes. Proper buckled Mary Jane styles going all the way up to size 8.

missymayhemsmum Wed 23-Apr-14 23:32:21

Thanks Gallicgirl and Gubbins, will have a look. Do want to be able to check fit though. Her last school shoes (must be black) were start-rite patent which still look great on top, even though the soles have been partly peeled away.... one terms wear!

BikeRunSki Wed 23-Apr-14 23:34:22

My 2 yo dd thinks she is Acti

BikeRunSki Wed 23-Apr-14 23:40:32

.... action man. I usually avoid Clark's but was very handy recently. She and I dismissed the pink sparkly stuff and she ended up with some rather nice navy leather sneakers from the boys selection. They are now knackered, about a month later. The sales lady suggested I email Clark's HQ about their styles. I did, suggesting that there could be a market for plain, bright, non sparkly, flat, closed shoes in a selection of colours. Like their converse style Doodles in leather. They replied that there was no such market.!i have since discovered that StartRite do exactly this!

softlysoftly Wed 23-Apr-14 23:42:46

I agree. DD1 wanted the same lovely robust spotty shoes as DD2 from Clark's but at a size 10 (4yo) she's not got flipping useless pink ballet pumps.

I'm going to have to go and get some decent trainers from somewhere grrrr.

Quinteszilla Wed 23-Apr-14 23:54:32

Ds2 is 9 in a few months, he takes a 1. Are his feet small then?

I was a size 4 until my first pregnancy.

snuffykins Thu 24-Apr-14 00:07:54

I would say they are small yes. But I'd live that and think its a great thing. Ds is 11 and wears a 5-5.5 . The same bloody size as me and the last sizes for junior runners. He'll be in men's ones soon. I may start saving!

Nunyabiz Thu 24-Apr-14 00:14:41

Was in there today with DD (just turned 3 on Monday) she is a size 9.
Did not like any of the choices! Horrible... Garish colours, limited styles in her size. She's a toddler ffs! We left and went to John Lewis and bought start rite. Much better.

CustardOmlet Thu 24-Apr-14 00:34:31

I wore boys clarks as a child, the girls ones were never wide enough for my odd feet!

Canthisonebeused Thu 24-Apr-14 00:40:34

Dd is 21/2 g and I just bought some lovely doodles for her. Maybe in store there limited choice in store you can order online and collect in store.

exexpat Thu 24-Apr-14 00:46:44

DD is aged 11, in year 6, and wears an adult size 7/7.5 shock. She's been wearing a succession of pairs of these Sketchers for the past two or three years, since we got completely fed up with the poor selection at Clarks. They are comfortable, and robust enough for walking to school, climbing things etc. Unfortunately adult sizes mean adult prices, but they usually have discounted ones at Sports Direct or Brantano.

Canthisonebeused Thu 24-Apr-14 00:47:32

I do shop in the outlet store so I'm thinking they do have better choice and price range though.

exexpat Thu 24-Apr-14 00:48:58

(oh, and DD wore boys' styles of Geox for a quite a while when she was 5/6/7 - she hated pink and spent most of her time climbing things)

Clark's are absolute rubbish nowadays. Crap quality and crap styles. There are better shoes out there, can you find a proper, old fashioned shoe shop?

myitchybeaver Thu 24-Apr-14 06:11:56

I agree. DD is 5 and a size 13, ballet style are no good for her. Very annoying!

Blondieminx Thu 24-Apr-14 06:29:41

Clarks could be so good, but it's like there are no parents of yunno, actual children likely to wear the shoes giving the range the once over before going into production is approved.

DD age 4.3 has a very narrow 9.5E fit (she measures a C/D on the gauge). Finding shoes is a nightmare. sad

MsAspreyDiamonds Thu 24-Apr-14 06:39:49
MsAspreyDiamonds Thu 24-Apr-14 06:42:14

where are you based because Hoades of Sevenoaks has a fantastic old fashioned shoe shop for kids on the high street.

pointythings Thu 24-Apr-14 09:49:20

When my two were at this awkward in between stage we took them to a specialist independent children's shoe shop in Norwich - pricy, but the stuff they sold was great quality from a range of makes including some European ones, and lots of choice.

They're now 11 and 13 and are adult size 5 and 7.5 so it's much easier now...

Onethirdamidwife Thu 24-Apr-14 09:56:07

I buy first shoes at Clark's to check width then I buy from next, kickers, m&s etc... I bought a foot measurer thing that also does width and always use that to check sizes.

Clark's don't do lace ups which means all kids all ages haven't a clue how to tie shoe laces.

ihearttc Thu 24-Apr-14 12:30:57

DS1 is 9 and in an adult size 5.5. Ive not been able to buy him shoes in Clarks since he was about 2 cause he has really wide feet with a wide instep and he literally can't get them on.

We usually buy Geox ones for school and they are amazing but I think they stop at a size 6.

DS2 is 3 and a size 9...goodness knows how Ive had boys with bog feet as DH is only a size 9 and Im only a 3!

I had a heated discussion with a manager in Clarks last year when I was trying to find closed toe sandals for DS2. They did them but had completely sold out and she said they had no call for them!

Sukebind Thu 24-Apr-14 12:43:33

I second Gubbie's suggestion of Toughees. Having had Clark's and Startrite shoes fall apart in one term after being worn for scooting to school I tried Toughees after seeing them recommended on MN. They are considerably cheaper than Clark's and Startrite to start with and really keep their appearance - I don't think I have even needed to polish them despite having been worn and scooted in through the very bad weather we had after Christmas.

Clarks are now rubbish.

Startrite much better. Crocs good fir mucking about.

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