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MrsGravy Mon 22-Aug-11 19:23:22

Went to Brantano today, the staff at our local branch are really good when it comes to fitting. Being a bit skint and having a 4 year old who will probably wreck his new school shoes when he is playing in the yard and a 1 year old who has gone up 1.5 sizes in 8 weeks (!) I decided to go for the Brantano own brand shoes. They're about a 1/3 of the price of Clarks, and look it quite frankly i.e. they're clearly not leather. The baby has worn hers outside this afternoon and when I just took them off I noticed that the patent (or mock patent) has scraped right off in the front on 1 shoe. I know I've bought cheap and didn't expect them to last long but surely they should have done better than that?! WIBU to take them back tomorrow or is it my fault for spending only £12 on a pair of shoes?

FabbyChic Mon 22-Aug-11 19:28:12

Take them back, but to be honest you should not be putting children that young in non leather shoes, it is not good for their feet.

Sirzy Mon 22-Aug-11 19:29:53

I would take them back.

That said, with cheap shoes when worn outside for normal 1 year old play I'm not shocked the patent has come off having seen the way DS batters shoes outside!

SoupDragon Mon 22-Aug-11 19:33:55

Tbh, I think it would happen to any price shoe when worn and scuffed by a 1 year old.

MrsGravy Mon 22-Aug-11 19:35:00

Fabbychic, unfortunately my choices were the existing pair of leather shoes which she had outgrown, nothing or the cheap shoes. Although I've always wondered why leather is supposed to be better? I mean what about Doodles/trainers etc?

Sirzy, yes I didn't expect them to last a long time but more than a day!

Nagoo Mon 22-Aug-11 19:36:33

I would expect that patent plastic to have come off the second you put them on a toddler. I don't think you'll be able to take them back. If they'd split of the sole had worn away then yes, but not this.

yellowsubmarine41 Mon 22-Aug-11 19:38:21

You might have thought of this, but you can pick up very cheap pairs of Clarks and other good brands of baby shoes in E-bay.

Yes, take them back but don't expect the next pair to last any longer!

Sofabitch Mon 22-Aug-11 19:41:06

I would take them back they are not fit for purpose. I always buy clarks shoes in the sale you can get a pair of well fitted clarks for £12 then. Or I'll head to the outlet store. But I only do that when I'm buying everyone shoes else it's not cost effective to travel that far for 1 child. However there may be one near you?

squeakytoy Mon 22-Aug-11 19:41:30

leather is better because it is

a)more likely to last longer
b)porous allowing feet to breathe
c)softer, allowing feet to move

MrsGravy Mon 22-Aug-11 19:46:18

Yellowsubmarine, had tried Ebay but nothing suitable in their sizes.

Sofabitch, we are in exactly the same situation, the outlet store is quite far away so by the time petrol is paid it's not much cheaper. Plus the last time I went there I ended up having to take the flaming shoes back because they weren't fitted properly, costing me even more petrol.

Thanks squeakytoy.

KaFayOLay Mon 22-Aug-11 19:50:52

Any patent shoe will scuff easily, even the expensive ones.
I only bought them once and learnt my lesson, never again!!

MrsGravy Mon 22-Aug-11 19:54:37

See, i'd bought the startrite patent shoes before and found them much less 'scuffable' than normal leather. Although obviously I didn't expect the same from cheapo patent

Babieseverywhere Mon 22-Aug-11 20:14:42

Take them back and get your money back. Go to Marks and Spencers and get some leather shoes in their school shoes range
Rubberduck recommended them to me, I got two pairs of leather shoes and two pairs of pumps for £43 !

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