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reallystuckonthisone Fri 02-Jan-15 17:56:12

No girls' shoes in her size left in the Clark's sale. She's 22mo and a bit of a tomboy thug but even so...
Thing is she will need new ones in 2 months. They are soooo expensive. £32 a pair shock

reallystuckonthisone Fri 02-Jan-15 17:56:39

I paid £12 for a perfectly nice pair of boys' shoes instead.

waithorse Fri 02-Jan-15 17:57:45

Why would this be unreasonable ?

DancingCrown Fri 02-Jan-15 17:57:47

yanbu

KittiesInsane Fri 02-Jan-15 17:58:48

Not unreasonable at all. Unless her feet are genetically programmed to reject anything non-pink and sparkly, she'll probably be more comfortable in them anyway.

DamselNotInHerDress Fri 02-Jan-15 18:00:10

They're just shoes. So long as they fit, surely there's no problem?

reallystuckonthisone Fri 02-Jan-15 18:02:11

This is what I think. The assistant was a bit hmm when I went for them over the ridiculously expensive and garishly pink ones.

crazykat Fri 02-Jan-15 22:03:56

I'd do it. I wish I could do it now for school shoes as girls school shoes are rubbish for winter, whereas boys shoes are fine and more hardwareing, but dd is very girly and will only wear the Mary jane style girls shoes or knee boots.

MyIronLung Fri 02-Jan-15 22:08:55

For what it's worth I'd buy the boys shoes. They'll do the same job and probably be better wearing than something that looks like a unicorn has thrown up on grin

It's funny though, yesterday I started a thread about my DS(3) having a girls dressing up dress. I had people accusing me of stealth boasting for being sooo pc/cool.

It seems it's ok to post about getting boys stuff for a girl but not the other way round hmm

MyIronLung Fri 02-Jan-15 22:11:13

There's a little girl at ds pre school who has black Dr Martens (they look adorable with skirts and tights).

My Ds had the ox blood red ones. Comfortable, hard wearing and unisex grin

WorraLiberty Fri 02-Jan-15 22:13:14

The assistant was a bit hmm

I bet she wasn't. Perhaps you interpreted it that way because you're obviously unsure about buying the shoes?

Anyway, YABU.

Everyone knows if you buy your toddler daughter a pair of boy's shoes, she'll she'll instantly become a lesbiana and rush off to live on the Isle of Lesbos before she's old enough to buy her first pair of dungarees.

ImBatDog Fri 02-Jan-15 22:15:43

my dd kicks the crap out of her shoes, she's worse than my dyspraxic DS... she was bought a pair from M&S this september, they're still in good nick!

SaucyJack Fri 02-Jan-15 22:16:57

YABU for buying into the Clarks hype.

MrsPnut Fri 02-Jan-15 22:19:19

My dd is now 8 and she has never had a pair of shoes from the girls section. Boys shoes are always much better and for school they are a must.

The girliest shoes she has are purple suede boots from Boden.

makeminea6x Fri 02-Jan-15 22:22:51

2 yo DD has been wearing boys shoes for a couple of months. No sign of a penis yet! I refuse to buy those stupid open shoes that were the only style Clark's had "for girls". Hardly suitable for jumping in muddy puddles.

WeeFreeKings Fri 02-Jan-15 22:23:12

Bought my DD 'boys' sandals from Mothercare this summer. I didn't notice when I bought one size but went back to get the bigger size later on in the summer because they had been so great. They rang up on the till as boys. Pffff. Red and yellow sandals? Fine but she's still having them.

ArchangelGallic Fri 02-Jan-15 22:26:30

Try happylittlesoles.com or livieandluca.co.uk for great shoes.
Sale on at the moment.

NoSquirrels Fri 02-Jan-15 22:28:00

When my DD was about the same age I was given a "helpful" lecture from a sales assistant in a nice independent shoe shop for buying the boys shoes over the pink girly shoes. I did try to explain that strongwilled toddler wanted the ones with the dinosaurs, and if there was a non navy-blue or brown option for girls that featured dinos perhaps I'd have bought those instead. But she was having none of it ("if you try to deny her the pink shoes she'll rebel against you when she's older"). The fact it was not my choice but my DD's was apparently irrelevant.

The girls section is depressing, honestly. None of the shoes are practical - you'll find when DD is out of the first shoes styles that none of the shoes are closed over like the boys shoes - it's all open straps and bars that leave the top of the foot exposed in bad weather. Properly irritates me - we walk a lot!

howtodrainyourflagon Fri 02-Jan-15 22:29:38

Boys shoes are far more suitable for outdoor play than girls'. DD does have a pair of girls' shoes - walking boots in pink and grey. I checked that they were otherwise identical to the boys' before purchase. Otherwise it's all flimsy soles and sparkly shit if you stick to the girls' section.

YANBU! I have just brought myself men's shoes from the Clarks sale. I have a bloody horrible bunion and the men's ones are nice and wide. Did the same last year on the advice of a friend who suggested I look in the men's section; those shoes have been worn into the ground as they are so comfy!

VashtaNerada Fri 02-Jan-15 22:33:32

YANBU. I bought DS a pair of plain summer shoes from the girls section last year because the boys ones had sold out and they were perfectly decent and functional. The shop assistant was really shocked, as if I was putting him in full drag grin

RandomHouseRules Fri 02-Jan-15 22:34:54

My DD (3) has almost always worn boys shoes. She currently has one pair of T-bar girls shoes which she refuses to wear because even she can tell how impractical they are. So it is clod-hopping [boys - according to the shop] trainers or [boys] wellies whenever she (rarely) wears a dress as well as when she is more practically dressed. She looks pretty cool imo and her feet a lot warmer than many of her friends'.

fuctifino Fri 02-Jan-15 22:35:35

My dd who is 8 always has boys shoes for school.
They cover more of the foot, so are therefore warmer and are much harder wearing. I would just once like her to have a girly pair but I don't sweat over it.

BingBongMerrilyOnHigh Fri 02-Jan-15 22:37:42

Do they fit? DD has had more boys shoes than girls, when we've bought from Clarks (only cheapish kids shoe shop in our town, sadly), as they seem to have more in wider fit in the boys sizes. Which is ridiculous, DD has enormous feet.

Also, I disapprove on principle of any shop that sells boys 'practical' stuff, & girls pink & sparkly crap. Not shopping at Next any more either.

Next time I am saving up & going to an independent.

WanderingTrolley1 Fri 02-Jan-15 22:37:49

Yanbu.

I buy my 10 month old daughter boy's shoes and will continue to do so until I find a decent pair of non-sickly, girly ones.

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