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To remind sport shops girls play sports too?

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Specialmeasuresofgin Mon 17-Apr-17 11:40:01

Dd has just started a sport.

Looking for boots this weekend and there were Junior boots which only went up to a fairly small size and then men's ones.

With HUGE signs over the top saying mens.
No women's section no girls section which wasn't an issue but why not just a sign saying adults or senior.

Now I'm not particularly fussed as we bought boots from the men's section but surely some girls would be.

And seeing the drop out rates for girls in sport and the this girl can campaign and the fact we have a damn good women's football team i found it really irritating

WorknameJimEllis Mon 17-Apr-17 11:49:39

By bugbear is sports bras.

I run, and so many supposed 'everything the runner needs' shops DONT stock sports bras. Or only stock one or two, and dont have any staff who can advise on fitting.

Really pisses me off. I can (in theory) run without shoes, but I can't run without a bra. So how the hell are they catering for all runners. 'Everything Men runners need, because women don't really count'


DoctorDonnaNoble Mon 17-Apr-17 11:50:50

Getting larger sized sports bras is a nightmare. Had to go to bravissimo for mine even as a size 10.

UppityHumpty Mon 17-Apr-17 12:01:25

This is why I go to sports shops aimed at women. Sweaty Betty and various local ones

Specialmeasuresofgin Mon 17-Apr-17 12:06:56

Do Sweaty Betty have actual stores Uppity or are they just online?

helpfulperson Mon 17-Apr-17 12:08:03

Mountain Warehouse do good sports bra's up to a size 18 which suit me as a 38C. Not sure how they would be for larger cup sizes.

UppityHumpty Mon 17-Apr-17 12:13:44

They do in London @specialmeasuresofgin - not sure about elsewhere tho

BikeRunSki Mon 17-Apr-17 12:16:01

I found a really good selection of large sports bras in Go Outdoors.

BikeRunSki Mon 17-Apr-17 12:16:44

I found a really good selection of large sports bras in Go Outdoors.

DailyFailstinks Mon 17-Apr-17 12:35:31

I get all my sports bras from m&s. Sports shops are useless for larger cup sizes!

PanGalaticGargleBlaster Mon 17-Apr-17 12:36:29

Sports shops, along with every other retail outlet only stock goods that they think will sell.

Piss poor participation rates of girls in sports in another discussion entirely.

specialsubject Mon 17-Apr-17 12:40:19

female life lesson 1 - never buy anything labelled for females if there is any alternative. It will be pricier, less well made and covered in stupid pink sparkles.

I use this rule for shoes, specs, t-shirts and so on and it never fails.

UppityHumpty Mon 17-Apr-17 12:48:32

@specialsubject - doesn't work for bras though. Or shoes really if you have narrow 'feminine' feet. Or even t-shirts if you have breasts and so on.

DoctorDonnaNoble Mon 17-Apr-17 12:56:09

Fail - m and s is also no good for me. I'm an H cup and they don't often have them in. I need lots and lots of wire and engineering to run!

Nicketynac Mon 17-Apr-17 13:00:50

It annoys me too. Big JD Sports near me (boasting about being King of Trainers should have been a giveaway) has a huge selection of mens' trainers, an OK sized kids department (I haven't looked too closely at selection though) and a tiny womens' area with mostly fashion trainers like Converse or Stan Smiths.

EveningShadows Mon 17-Apr-17 13:02:28

Sweaty Betty are fine as long as you are TINY! I last fitted into their clothes when I was a size 12 - and I think that was counted as a large : (

UppityHumpty Mon 17-Apr-17 13:07:42

@Evening Shadows - They do go up to a size 18 though in some lines. I used to wear their stuff when I was a really fat bottomed 16 & it was great.

marybastardpoppins Mon 17-Apr-17 13:10:22

never buy anything labelled for females if there is any alternative. It will be pricier, less well made and covered in stupid pink sparkles
God it's sooo frickin annoying isn't it? I'm baffled as to what it is that sportswear manufacturers (in particular) fear might happen if a woman is exposed to a primary colour!
Debenhams and Wiggle (online) are great for sports bras

NewUserNameHere Mon 17-Apr-17 13:18:36

What difference were you expecting to see OP?

Many women wear junior boots (teenage boys?) playing rugby like I do.

I understand why shops like sports direct don't stock the wide variety of sports bras they'd need to to make it worth their while.

As someone else said, it's supply and demand. If I were a billionaire owner of a sports-wear shop, I wouldn't stock equal ranges of equapment for the sexes. Why would I when female participation in certain sports is way below others. The most basic supply and demand. Sports shops aren't on a feminist crusade.

Runssometimes Mon 17-Apr-17 13:26:25

I'm a good size 16 and love Sweaty Betty. Their gear is very expensive but excellent. Feel very confident running on their leggings which manage to make me look good and not like a black stuffed sausage and keep all wobble under control. I'd be just as annoyed about having to buy from the men's section too. It implies women don't do sports.

turbohamster Mon 17-Apr-17 13:40:13

I use this rule for shoes, specs, t-shirts and so on and it never fails.

Not an option for many as mens shoes are not made in small enough sizes.

I've just had to resort to walking boots that are half lilac as they were by far the best fit. I actually have nothing against lilac or other pastels, they're just totally impractical colours for outdoor footwear/clothing that's likely to get muddy.

TheDrsDocMartens Mon 17-Apr-17 13:45:22

I really struggle getting things for dd2/3. Dd3 too small to play according to most sports shops

Wando1986 Mon 17-Apr-17 13:49:31

Mens boots generally have a different width, tiptoe to ball length and gait. So 'adults' wouldn't be appropriate either. Sports footwear is normally gender specific for a reason, because for 9/10 people it's accurate.

But I would query where the female section was tbh... not having one is not on.

CrazedZombie Mon 17-Apr-17 13:53:40

Yanbu. I asked the shop to fetch a black and white pair of studs for dd and the sales person tried to push pink ones even though dd had walked to the shop in black and white shoes.

CrazedZombie Mon 17-Apr-17 13:54:45

I think that the section we went to was labelled football was junior and adult as the subsections.

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