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NOW CLOSED: UK MNers with school age children - take a survey about shoes and you could win £300 of Amazon vouchers....

(62 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Oct-11 10:44:23

We've been asked to find out how Mumsnetters feel about the shoes their children wear when they're not at school.

We're calling them 'everyday' shoes in this survey - by this we mean any shoes that they wear apart from proper school shoes. Of course your child may well have more than one pair of everyday shoes (e.g. trainers, boots, sandals, canvas shoes, pumps, wellies) but please think about all shoes that are not school shoes (except shoes/boots designed for specific sports eg football boots). If you have more than one child please think about one child when answering the survey as your responses may vary. You are welcome to complete the survey more than once responding for each child you have.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. It is open to all UK Mumsnetters with at least one child of school age.

Everyone who takes part and enters their details at the end will be entered into a prize draw to win £300 of Amazon vouchers.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!

LeninGrad Tue 04-Oct-11 10:47:37

Tsk, tsk MNHQ, you surely don't mean gender do you for boy/ girl?

Dumbledoresgirl Tue 04-Oct-11 10:52:36

Done, but it was a bit of a boring survey so I have only done it once. wink

aseriouslyblondemoment Tue 04-Oct-11 10:54:54


ThePosieParker Tue 04-Oct-11 11:17:09

smile done.

Tortoise Tue 04-Oct-11 11:45:18

I said don't buy for school shoes for DS2 because his dad buys them.

lubeybooby Tue 04-Oct-11 12:33:38

done smile

Done smile

midnightexpress Tue 04-Oct-11 12:39:59

Done. One of these days i might actually win something...

Done. I guess they want to prove that you have to have shoes fitted.
Which is difficult when child needs boats for size 11 feet smile.
"Childrens' shoes" seem to stop at size 6/7. Both of my boys had feet bigger than that at primary school.

LeninGrad Tue 04-Oct-11 12:40:24

Haha, love the change to boy/ girl!

MardyBra Tue 04-Oct-11 12:55:56

Mentally spending £300 Amazon vouchers already...

Hulababy Tue 04-Oct-11 12:57:30


Done. Does anyone really make their children wear shoes to do homework?

gottasmile Tue 04-Oct-11 13:50:00

Done. Me too MardyBra!!

AyesToTheRight Tue 04-Oct-11 13:50:03

I wouldn't make mine wear them to do their homework but if they still had them on and were doing their homework, I wouldn't make them take them off.

Can I do the survey, ds is at nursery school 5 days a week in school uniform smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Oct-11 14:18:10

MonsterBookOfTysons - yes
leningrad - that caused a flutter of emails between me and the gals in the know in editorial I can tell you! wink

Fillybuster Tue 04-Oct-11 14:36:56

Done - but a small grumble: when asking how long shoes last, there is no way of taking growth into account in the answer.

Sorry if I'm expressing this badly, but ds always outgrows his shoes, well before they need replacement due to wear'n'tear.....

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Tue 04-Oct-11 14:46:55


LeninGrad Tue 04-Oct-11 16:46:00

smile Ann.

GrownUpNow Tue 04-Oct-11 16:56:35

First off, before I fill anything in... OMG what I could do with those vouchers and my kindle... I am all aquiver at the thought.

Secondly, I'll go fill it in.

Thirdly, OMG I hope I win.

ooo could i actually win this and then i can get a kindle please xx

i know grown up - would be christmas sewn up and then some.

fruitshootsandheaves Tue 04-Oct-11 18:19:00

OMG what I could do with those vouchers and my kindle... I am all aquiver at the thought.

I don't even have a Kindle AND it's my Birthday soon...AND I LOVE all of Mumsnet HQ

WhoremoaneeGrainger Tue 04-Oct-11 18:57:43

To MumsnetHQ - What are school schools please? Did you mean school shoes by any chance?

LTLTLT Tue 04-Oct-11 19:50:18

Done - fingers crossed

huffythethreadslayer Tue 04-Oct-11 20:42:59

Boring survey. Didn't ask the questions that matter, like why do your shoes only last for 3 - 6 months. Mostly it's because the little beggars grow out of em so fast! Then they get to 10 and they're a size 5 and you're paying adult prices for shoes. Feel like getting out my soapbox again, but won't. Grrrrr...hate shoes.

My 10yo DS is still a size 13! He doesn't grow much, and shoes last on average 15 months (unless he wears the soles through again

balia Tue 04-Oct-11 21:09:47

I would love to be able to afford to get all DS's shoes properly fitted and brand new, but I can't afford it. I get him measured and then get shoes off ebay/the sites that sell cheap last season shoes.

huffythethreadslayer Tue 04-Oct-11 21:12:36

Your ds will probably not pay tax on his shoes for quite some time. My girl's been paying extra for 18 months now. Blardy shoe companies!! The tax shouldn't be size related; it should be age related, after all, that's why kids shoes are supposed to be cheaper.

Done. Didn't get to explain that I don't spend more than £25 on school shoes because they don't make them with steel toe caps which is the only kind that DD wouldn't manage to destroy the toes on within a month!!!

AnnMumsnet I have done the survey, but had to say ds is 4 due to no option for 3 year olds. smile

BoiledEggandToastSoldiers Tue 04-Oct-11 21:32:27


ThePosieParker Tue 04-Oct-11 21:39:56

AnnMumsnet Did I mention how lovely you look today?

[pushes to the front, arms full of shoes]

Bohica Tue 04-Oct-11 21:57:42

Done. I read £300 amazon vouchers and immediately thought of DD's christmas kindle fund!!

aristocat Tue 04-Oct-11 22:07:14


Nyx Tue 04-Oct-11 22:27:47

Survey done. Why do I get hopeful every time I do one of these things? Oh well.

bilblio Tue 04-Oct-11 22:40:49

Done. Realised that DD only has wellies, crocs or school shoes which fit.
I'm going to have to buy her some "normal" shoes... she'll be going to parties in either her school shoes or wellies. hmm

ilovesprouts Tue 04-Oct-11 22:47:35

done but my ds2 gets peidros

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Oct-11 23:56:45

WhoremoaneeGrainger - thanks! [too many schools and shoes]!

PontyMython Wed 05-Oct-11 08:50:31

Done <looks pleadingly at MNHQ>

Bloodymary Wed 05-Oct-11 09:57:00

Done. Vouchers would be very, very handy!

prettybird Wed 05-Oct-11 10:45:20

How do you answer if your child has two pairs of "school" shoes: one for going to school and a pair of plimsolls for wearing in school - they're not allowed to wear "outside" shoes in school.

So my ds wears "school shoes" for c.8 hours a day, but no, I don't get them fitted, as the outside ones are worn for a whole 2 hours a day maximum (cycle to/from school, and footlball on a blaize pitch at playtime/lunchtime and before school) and I've never heard of getting plimsolls fitted! wink

The shoes he does wear a lot - his "everyday shoes", do get fitted and then I have a heart attack at how much they are

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Oct-11 11:23:34

prettybird - hmmm...tricky! I think we're thinking about proper outside school shoes here - rather than the plimsoles. Just answer it as best you can I guess...

Madlizzy Wed 05-Oct-11 11:50:46

Done. 12 year old DD has loads of shoes, as she was given a load by one of my friends. Unfortunately, a few weeks back at school and her toes are already at the end of her school shoes.

stickylittlefingers Wed 05-Oct-11 12:10:11

if I won the vouchers, I'd get myself a garmin to keep up with the rest of them on the runners' thread! I guess the other £200 could do the rest of the family's Christmas presents, I can't really imagine beyond the garmin and me doing proper timed intervals... <sigh>

I really can't answer the questions. My kids don't have school shoes. They have no uniform so shoes are worn all the time and are used for both school and play.

ThePosieParker Wed 05-Oct-11 12:49:10

I would imagine the survey is about buying shoes for everyday wear, possibly from a company that have a big school shoe share of the market and have brand awareness based upon fitted shoes. Therefore they want more market share of other shoes.


Madlizzy Wed 05-Oct-11 12:50:19

I don't mind. That £300 worth of vouchers would go a long way towards Christmas out our house.

Done smile

CharlotteBronteSaurus Wed 05-Oct-11 16:20:32

could have done with a bit of space for comments.
we sometimes buy fitted shoes, and sometimes off the peg, and the comfort/fit/durability has sometimes been good with fitted shoes, sometimes not, so i didn't feel the option to only tick one box was helpful.
the vouchers on the other hand would be very helpful indeed wink

iloverhubarb Wed 05-Oct-11 18:15:49

Yes re lack of space for comments. They do realise that most (surely not just mine anyway) 13 year old DDs buy their own cheap and nasty footwear for everyday use don't they?

And that the reason shoes end up pinching is that the feet have grown - not because they were badly/not fitted..

like abit of a whinge, pls can I win tho?

HopingForTheBest Wed 05-Oct-11 18:17:32

i have completed too.

Tonksforthememories Wed 05-Oct-11 18:54:54

I wanted to explain about DD1 and steel toe caps too! Can't wait till she's big enough for Doc Martens!

<I want to get DD1 a tablet pc for Christmas, Amazon is amazing for them!>

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Oct-11 18:55:36

Thanks guys - we had a few too many questions so no real room for other comments....I will ensure the client sees them though if you post on this thread...all useful stuff.

SamsGoldilocks Wed 05-Oct-11 20:40:40

done - really i can spend those vouchers no problem I would be your best choice [grin}

scottishmummy Wed 05-Oct-11 20:47:01

could spend £300 in a and whoosh,spent


LittlePushka Wed 05-Oct-11 23:21:00

All done!

prettybird Thu 06-Oct-11 12:10:31

Recently bought ds a pair of Asics trainers (genuinely for running as well as looking good - he sees him parents running in their Asics) but they were a good price at £29.99 so was able to tick the £20-£30 bracket.

Having said that, ds still wears his Clarks trainers most of the time as he doesn't want to get his new ones dirty smile

His school shoes were bought from Tesco as black trainers-come-shoes. He plays football on a blaize pitch in them at break and lunch time so I have given up on getting him expensive shoes that need polishing.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 06-Oct-11 18:22:09

chippyminton was selected at random as the lucky winner of the £300 Amazon voucher! Well done and thanks to everyone for completing the survey.

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