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btfly2 Tue 18-Oct-16 21:48:10

to your children Clarks, Start Rite, Hampton school shoes? Would you think badly of me...? In our school it's the non written norm but I'm thinking to be brave and break the rules...aibu ?? ;)

monkeysox Tue 18-Oct-16 21:49:52

Yanbu. If the other shoes fit. My dd needs a h width so have to pay £££ at clarks.

PickAChew Tue 18-Oct-16 21:52:49

One of mine spent a year in various pairs from Shoe zone. He had a habit of wading through the filthiest puddles imaginable and £35 Clarks went mouldy just as quickly as the £13 Shoe Zone ones.

seminakedinsomebodyelsesroom Tue 18-Oct-16 21:52:52

I would say it's the fitting that's most important, not the brand. My view is that if I am in the position to afford to buy school shoes that have been fitted by someone with some training/expertise I will. They wear those shoes for around 7 hours a day, five days a week. But whether this view has any basis on fact/logic I don't know. And I appreciate that the shoes are really very expensive and that means out of many people's price bracket.

wheresthel1ght Tue 18-Oct-16 22:02:34

Not at all! I flatly refuse to pay for Clarks as they are ridiculously expensive and actually relatively shit quality. My dsd destroyed hers in one playtime on the first day back at school. Scuffed to hell.

Unfortunately they are the only ones that fit her correctly

altiara Tue 18-Oct-16 22:11:06

You don't need to tell anyone! wink

HateSummer Tue 18-Oct-16 22:15:13

Hush Puppies are good for girls shoes these days. Buying many pairs of shoes over the year is false economy. Buy them a nice leather pair with a thick heel and get them polished every week, and spray them with waterproof spray. They'll last the year if not more.

CozyAutumn Tue 18-Oct-16 22:19:30

ds1 wears Start-Rite for school because his feet are wide and I find they fit his big feet really well. He's 5 and in a size 1H. Clarks are rubbish and when I bought ds some of them when he started reception last year, within a week his shoes had a hole in them! I went back to the shop and they swapped them for something else, and it was then that I was introduced to Start-Rite. Never looked back smile
ds2 wears some cheaper shoes for now that cost a tenner. He is in nursery at the moment, and ds1 wore the exact same shoes when he was in nursery and never had a problem with them. They are actually pretty good shoes for a tenner.

Thingvellir Tue 18-Oct-16 22:19:57

I hold Clarks shoes in very low esteem, they scuff, lose shape and fall apart so much faster than others.

Indeed, I judge senseless buying of Clarks - it is not a measure of good taste or good choice! However, school shoes need to be a) leather and b) a good fit. As long as those two criteria are filled, it is undoubtedly a far more educated/refined choice than Clarks

sirfredfredgeorge Tue 18-Oct-16 22:21:01

You are a bad mum if you buy those without question, they are pretty poor, using out dated ideas of what shoe and childrens development are.

Looneytune253 Tue 18-Oct-16 22:22:57

I've found it false economy to buy cheap shoes. Depending on how fast your children's feet grow. I have bought cheap ones for my daughter before for them to last 2 weeks and shes not ridiculously heavy footed or anything. Last year my youngest had the same pair of Clark's all year.

usernumber007 Tue 18-Oct-16 22:25:05

When I was a teenager I worked part time in a shoe shop who's target market was the older generation. I spent many a Saturday and Sunday listening to the old dears tell me all about the problems with their feet from bunions to fallen arches etc. 95% would say the problems arose from badly fitting shoes they wore when they were younger. You only have one pair of feet, and your feet take so much stress and strain each day, treat them to a good pair of quality shoes. Especially children's feet as the bones are still soft as they are still growing. I couldn't give a damn about the brand, just the support they are getting

mumtomaxwell Tue 18-Oct-16 22:25:36

I bought my two sons' school shoes from Lidl!!!!!! £6.99 a pair!! They've turned out to be great so far. The last pair of Clarks shoes they had fell apart.

I was in Clarks a couple of weekends ago and stood in the queue behind several people all returning school shoes....

AppleJac Tue 18-Oct-16 22:28:14

Dd who is 4 sees a chiropractor who is helping her develop arches on her feet.

He doesn't like clarks & startrite as they are too hard with inflexible soles. They are also very flat.

He wants me to buy shoes like pediped and petasil which have arches built in them and have very flexible soles

BabyGanoush Tue 18-Oct-16 22:30:59

I have never in my life paid a moment's attention to a child's shoes confused

Do you really imagine anyone notices or cares?!grin

PetyrBaelish Tue 18-Oct-16 22:36:10

You are a bad mum if you buy those without question, they are pretty poor, using out dated ideas of what shoe and childrens development are.

Interesting, could you go into further detail?

I have bought Clarks so far for my toddler but his width has changed considerably over time and I just want a shop which measures properly to make sure I buy the right thing for him.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Tue 18-Oct-16 22:38:40

I don't buy them tbh. I did at the beginning of the year but he managed to break them in the first week. He's in a george by Asda pair atm which seem very sturdy.

DameSquashalot Tue 18-Oct-16 22:38:43

DD's feet don't grow too quickly, so I buy Startrite. They last for the whole year until she outgrows them. I can never get other shoes to fit properly / apart from Clark's and their quality is really poor.

If other shoes fit, and they last for you, sod what everyone else is doing.

GardenGeek Tue 18-Oct-16 22:39:26

Interesting you say that,
My Dsis ended up at the chiropractors (c. 8) & doing exercises for her fallen arch for years. Clarkes shoes where to blame (only shoes she wore up until that point & chiropractor told us so) and I assumed they had sorted it now as was nearly 2 decades ago. Shame that they have not.

ItShouldHaveBeenJessMass Tue 18-Oct-16 22:40:08

If you really want branded shoes, eBay is brilliant - my DS has had virtually brand new Clarks and Kickers for a tenner a pair. But I don't see cheaper shoes (and agree with maxwell, Lidl's shoes are brilliant, as are a lot of their childrens' wear, especially raincoats, boots etc) as being a 'false economy' . If they're super cheap to start with and you have to replace them every few months, it still adds up to less than you'd pay for Clarks, which will either wear out or be grown out of before you've spent enough on cheaper shoes to compensate.

If you're kids are fed, clean, loved, played with and dressed appropriately for the weather, then you're doing grand. Nowt 'bad mum' about it.

WatchingFromTheWings Tue 18-Oct-16 22:42:17

All my 3 wore Clark's, youngest still does. Never had any problem with them. Generally they go to charity as they've grown out of them while they are still in excellent condition. He's had a new pair today, in fact. His old ones will go in the bin though as he definitely had his monies worth with them. They're still in one piece, but too well worn to pass on this time.

temporarilyjerry Tue 18-Oct-16 22:45:10

I'm surprised that people are unsatisfied with the quality of Clarks. I bought a pair for DD when she was in Year 5 and we have just replaced them. She is in Year 9.

sirfredfredgeorge Tue 18-Oct-16 22:46:43

PetyrBaelish The "measuring properly" is part of the problem, as AppleJac's post suggest, the idea is not that shoes need to fit 100% snuggly, what they need is to fit close enough to not fall off, but otherwise be little more than a very flexible covering protecting the foot from thorns etc. The big problem is rigid soles that prevent moving of the foot in the same way it does when barefoot.

see e.g. for a non-scientific write up.

The width that is really important is the heel width, that's the one that stops the shoe falling off, the toe box should be super wide as your foot splays out as you walk or run.

HanYOLO Tue 18-Oct-16 22:47:15

DS2 has dainty little narrow feet - so Clarks is the only way for him but overall I think they are not as good quality as the price suggests they should be. Also I agree - they tend to be over sturdy and inflexible.

DS1's best ever pair of school shoes to date were from Asda and lasted a year and a term for £13 - apparently super comfy.

user1474781546 Tue 18-Oct-16 22:47:45

temporary= your DDs feet haven't grown in 4 years?

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