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to think hideous plimsolls are inferior to proper Nike trainers

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AtheneNoctua Tue 15-Jul-08 11:05:58

Why does she need plimsolls (which are clearly inferior in terms of their athletic quality)??

I know I know. Everyone has them and DD is very clear that I MUST buy them for her too. So i will. But someone explain to me why these hideous plimsoll things are preferred for the school sports day?

ThePettyandIllinformedGoat Tue 15-Jul-08 11:08:04

cos she is a kid and not running a marathon. all that nike techno speak is just marketing.

AtheneNoctua Tue 15-Jul-08 11:09:35

No it's not. And she already has the Nikes (for tennis).

Idobelieveinfairies Tue 15-Jul-08 11:09:54

and they are nice and cheap so it is no big deal when they outgrow them after 5 mins! wink

zippitippitoes Tue 15-Jul-08 11:11:14

yabu they are cheap so more egalitarian and sensible

TsarChasm Tue 15-Jul-08 11:11:17

Well, they're a lot more affordable than Nike trainers so I guess that's why schools only ask that they are provided.(Thank goodness, from my pov anyway grin)

And Sports Day isn't exactly the Olympics so the athletic quality of the footwear is only really needed to be at plimsoll level.

AtheneNoctua Tue 15-Jul-08 11:11:21

I could understand if the instruction was "Please send your child to school with trainers or plimsolls" But not "No trainers, plimsolls only please"

I clearly know more about sport shoes than they do.

cheesesarnie Tue 15-Jul-08 11:12:26

i think schools prefer them so that theres none of this 'my traners are better than yours' stuff.also theyre easy to put on and do the job,nothing fancy.they dont fancy shoes for school sports day.

cadelaide Tue 15-Jul-08 11:12:26

what Idobf said.

I'd be really pissed off if DCs came home saying "...but all the other kids wear nikes"

We are a very not-sporty family, we just don't do Nike.

cadelaide Tue 15-Jul-08 11:13:11

yes.

easy to put on.

zippitippitoes Tue 15-Jul-08 11:13:31

but technical shoes are not necessary for a school sports day they would be overkill

TsarChasm Tue 15-Jul-08 11:14:05

Maybe the school are trying to avoid a 'my trainers are better than your trainers' type scenario.

WendyWeber Tue 15-Jul-08 11:14:30

DS2's primary school shoes were trainers (black ones) - he used to change into plimsolls for PE grin

cadelaide Tue 15-Jul-08 11:14:31

We're talking egg and spoon, sack race, that kind of thing aren't we?

edam Tue 15-Jul-08 11:14:31

It won't do your children any harm to wear plimsolls, will it? And far better that everyone wears them same than getting into stupid one-upmanship about trainer brands. Unless you are worried your child's performance might be affected, of course... grin

AtheneNoctua Tue 15-Jul-08 11:14:51

But, she already has them. And now she needs plimsolls too, which she is never ever again going to wear -- certainly not in my presense.

TsarChasm Tue 15-Jul-08 11:15:31

Ooh Cheesesarnie and I posted spookily similar posts there!

cadelaide Tue 15-Jul-08 11:15:45

Daps are cool.

Remember Dexy's Midnight Runners? grin

snice Tue 15-Jul-08 11:16:14

What a snobby statement!

AtheneNoctua Tue 15-Jul-08 11:16:17

presence blush

edam Tue 15-Jul-08 11:16:24

if you can afford Nike trainers and tennis lessons, you can afford a few quid for plimsolls.

LittleBoSheep Tue 15-Jul-08 11:16:48

Agree totally plimsolls are cheap so doesnt matter if you need to replace them every few weeks and it is so that the brand snobbery doesnt exist in school.

Id be glad and keep her Nikes at home for when she trains for the olympics with you.

zippitippitoes Tue 15-Jul-08 11:17:07

lol you do sound a bit ahem precious abouth them

snice Tue 15-Jul-08 11:17:07

Not Cadelaide -I don't think Dexy's are at all snobby!

BadHair Tue 15-Jul-08 11:17:30

How old is she? If she's young it could be to do with actually getting the things on - ds1 is 7 and would struggle with getting his trainer laces tight enough and ds2, 5, would have no chance. The poor teacher would spend half of sports day lacing the class into their branded footwear!

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