Girls' sandals- need some forward planning

(41 Posts)
tethersend Fri 01-Feb-13 14:37:31

Last year I foolishly let 3yo DD choose her own sandals to make up for the fact that she'd just got a baby sister.

She chose these.


I need to plan ahead, like a military operation, and take her only to shops selling sandals which aren't so ugly they'd make baby Jesus cry.

Can anybody help? She's a size 9/10

Extra points if they light up.

libertychick Fri 01-Feb-13 16:42:41

Bumping to see if anyone else can help you!
Your post made me laugh but I am clearly not able to help as I think what she chose last year is absolutely fine smile

MirandaWest Fri 01-Feb-13 16:44:12

I can't see the problem either - can you link to some you do like?

Cherrypie32 Fri 01-Feb-13 16:47:37

Sorry, I'd like these for my 3year old DD, they look practical and comfy for leaping about in the sunshinesmile however we also like Crocs & Birkenstocks here. Next will do loads as it gets into the right season but alit if them are a bit 'fashioney' for little girls IMO.

tethersend Fri 01-Feb-13 18:12:28

Really? They don't make your eyes want to shrivel up and retreat back into your head?

They do me.

Practical is good, so must stay on the foot- comfy is good, so must not be too flimsy (which rules out most of next's offerings; I have to agree with you there, Cherrypie). Velcro straps would be good. Any colour as long as it's not black. Lighting up soles would inexplicably mean the world to DD (she's 4 now).

Anything which doesn't look like it was designed by a hillwalker on a cupcake high would be great.

GobblersKnob Fri 01-Feb-13 18:46:53

arf at baby jesus crying at a sandal.

Birkenstocks all the way here, comfy, practical, go with everything.

poorbuthappy Fri 01-Feb-13 18:53:31

Haven't you just described the sandals in the link? Without the lights?
Mind you I'm on my phone so actually should just be grateful the link took me to shoes. grin

tethersend Fri 01-Feb-13 19:01:20

Oooh, ok I could live with those. They wouldn't get anywhere near my feet, mind.

Are they comfy? Not too wide?

tethersend Fri 01-Feb-13 19:02:20

poorbuthappy, err... yes. I did didn't I?


lurkingaround Fri 01-Feb-13 19:23:50

Hilarious!! gringrin A great read after a shit day.

But, y'know, having been there and done that and still doing it, DCs still manage to find completely shite stuff. And wear it. They must sneak to the shops in the dead of night and buy. Or they must be emailing companies with designs that get made and delivered to homes (in the dead of night, again). Or they wheedle it out of indulgent Aunts/grans/friends. Ooh, been there indeed!

Forget the trying to control. It ain't gonna happen!!

They are vile IMO urgh. My 4yo would lurve them. No independent European-only brands shops around? Jones the Bootmaker do startrite, their sandals are way less hideous than Clarks. John Lewis? You could order several pairs online that you like in the right size, I did this in October for my 4dc as I couldn't cope with boot shopping. Amazon, Zalando etc. Free delivery, free returns.

Minshu Fri 01-Feb-13 23:53:22

My DD had some very much like those last year in pink and I thought they looked really cute, with those toddler toes wiggling around. smile

janji Sat 02-Feb-13 02:28:42

Always Birkenstocks. They do Luvly glittery/patterned little girly ones!

GobblersKnob Sat 02-Feb-13 11:11:09

Birkenstocks come in two widths, for example here those that just give a size are pretty wide, if you scroll down there is the size plus N, these are more of a 'normal' rather than a 'narrow' width. They wear really well too.

Startail Sat 02-Feb-13 11:22:47

Those are really nice and practical.
Absolutely nothing wrong with them.

You can run, jump, climb and be 3 in them, what on earth is there not to like.

They are mostly white, they go with everything. I expected some high heeled sparkly, thin strapped rubbish.

DD obviously has more sense than her mum.

Also we some free worn once brickstocks, the shaped foot beds don't fit everyone.

shrimponastick Sat 02-Feb-13 11:28:49

I also think the clarks sandals look perfect for a small girl.

Comfortable, will protect her feet a little. I don't like to see children in fashion shoes which could damage their perfect little feet.

P.s. if they are really only £10 I would snap up a pair in each size for subsequent summers..

Startail Sat 02-Feb-13 11:31:33

But three year olds do treat their sandals like a hill walker and worse.

At that age DD1 climbed everything, especially if it was designed for children five years older.

Grippy trainer style sandals are perfect.

I can only assume DD is your first child, truly, those are a million times better than fighting trainers on and of and all the grief you get with wet trainers and socks.

This summer your DD will be able to get those on and off her self, buckles she won't.

Putting little girls in twee impractical clothes or shoes, is sexist and wrong.

Startail Sat 02-Feb-13 11:52:39

Sorry, that's a bit of an AIBU not a SB reply.

I have one very fashion conscious almost 12yo and one, likes to look nice, but practical 15 yo DD.

You can guess which one I find easier to cope with and which I've had to buy new shoes for in the middle of Birmingham because hers rubbed.

There are no decent, affordable kids shoes in central Brum. There really aren't. Jones said their nearest children's dept was Solihull confused

tethersend Sat 02-Feb-13 12:11:29

Startail. You are clearly passionate about these shoes.

Would you like me to send you them? I have a pair knocking about the house I am desperate to get rid of grin

Did you read my list of requirements for sandals? You do know that there are more options than these sandals or stilettos, don't you? Please don't assume that because these sandals make my eyes bleed that I want to put DD in something 'twee and impractical'.

Look. I was prepared for the Barbie tights, the sparkly stuff, the impractical summer dress in the middle of winter. I steeled myself for it.

I was not prepared for the mind-numbing horror of these sandals. She sideswiped me. Caught me off-guard when I was all hormonal. NEVER AGAIN.

This year I will outwit her. She will think she's chosen them. I will know better.

So, although the Birkenstocks are coming close, if you can link me up to some sandals which fit my list of requirements and aren't the crime against humanity in my OP, I'm all eyes.

tethersend Sat 02-Feb-13 12:17:11

"DD obviously has more sense than her mum."

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I think DD has put it better than I ever could; a bit harsh, perhaps, but some salient points nonetheless.

Jessepinkman Sat 02-Feb-13 12:24:16

I like these

Jessepinkman Sat 02-Feb-13 12:25:05
tethersend Sat 02-Feb-13 12:32:53

Not mad about those, but they don't make me want to smoke crack... bit pricy though!

Thanks jesse- will look at that site.

BathTangle Sat 02-Feb-13 12:40:49

Javari do these - a little like the ones your DD chose, but less "clumpy"?

Startail Sat 02-Feb-13 14:32:25

Sadly my DDs feet are bigger than mine, so our days of little girls sandals cute or practical are long gone.

ArtexMonkey Sat 02-Feb-13 14:40:38

My dd had some ricostas last year, these ones:

What normally happens though is that I spend £££ on tasteful practical fitted shoes then she spends a weekend with my parents who buy her a pair of HIDEOUS £2 fake crocs from Asda and she spends the summer in those instead. Without fail.

ArtexMonkey Sat 02-Feb-13 14:42:53

Tk maxx often get nice girls' Birkenstocks in btw, but you have to run the gauntlet of all the other rancid black, nuclear pink or otherwise visually offensive shoes if you have your child in tow.

God OP, they are hideous grin!

I think Birkenstock are perfect for a 4 yr old, and they are difficult to destroy.

ALittleScatterOfRain Sat 02-Feb-13 14:55:09

We always had Elephanten when I was little, but I don't think they're going any more. I still have a little red rubber elephant from one year <nostalgic sigh>

soaccidentprone Sat 02-Feb-13 15:00:49

are these the kind of thing you are looking for?

or these??

or it might rain again all summer so you'll just need more welliesgrin

Jessepinkman Sat 02-Feb-13 15:01:54

We can get Elephanten here in CH.

ALittleScatterOfRain Sat 02-Feb-13 15:03:53

Anyway, I'll be more helpful! Pom d'api are pretty, but not sure if they'd be as practical as some.

And just from having a google, some of the Startrite ones are quite nice. I think these are quite sweet.

chartreuse Sat 02-Feb-13 15:05:07

I feel your pain Tethers I always do a recce to the shoeshop before I bring dd in and the assistant knows very well which ones are "sold out in dd's size" from the expression on my face. I usually go to One Small Step, there is generally something that dd and I can compromise on.

Jessepinkman Sat 02-Feb-13 15:05:49

Startrite have got some nice ones

Pom d'api make very good quality shoes, shoes can both be practical and easy on the eye.

Naturino are deemed to be very good quality, but very expensive.

tethersend Sat 02-Feb-13 16:04:35

soacidentprone- the ones in your first link aren't bad actually- and cheap! Do they come up wide? DD has quite narrow feet.

Startrite not bad either, Jesse...

Thanks all smile

soaccidentprone Sat 02-Feb-13 19:04:39

sorry, no idea. I have 2 ds's.

they look adjustable though, and you could always make another hole in the strap.

DM only ever bought me Jesus sandals as they were the only ones around in the 70's which adjusted, pre velcrosad

permaquandry Sat 02-Feb-13 20:06:20

I feel your pain. I am VERY fussy about dds shoes and I never find sandals for them that I love. That said, I have to go for comfort as well as style, so many high st shops ones come up very wide and mine have very narrow feet.

I got mine from clarks last year, they had the same in different colours and were the best of a bad bunch:

They were very soft and comfy and looked lovely with the right outfits (dresses with denim waistcoats etc)

I also buy them a pair of lightweight, canvas, velcro-strapped deck shoes (neat & narrow ones), a pair of silver plain dolly shoes from m&s and a pair of Lelli Kelly's each (primary coloured ones). Even on hot days, they can get away with any of the above

I spend ages looking round then always go back to Clarks. Bought Lelli Kelly sandals for one DD last year and they rubbed awfully.

WifeofGru Sat 02-Feb-13 20:38:40

These are comfy and glittery in a nice way. Pricey, but will last all summer and the white ones will go with most outfits.

And these are what I will be buying my girls this summer. I love, love, love them. Probably the pale pink or silver......

janji Sat 02-Feb-13 21:12:14

My daughter had that same design and loved the glitter!

Mewsical Sat 02-Feb-13 21:18:17

Birkenstocks don't work for narrow feet or long toes. The only ones I find to fit are Umi or Pediped as some have velcro on the toe area making them adjustable. Horrendously expensive though so I buy out of season.

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