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to be shocked at the price of childrens shoes, (I know I am, I think) but going to moan anyway!!!

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HappyNewYearFeet06 Fri 22-Aug-08 15:02:30

Lol, its that time of year where we queue for hours to get our dc's new shoes for school.

My 2 yr old dd decided she would grow too so she needs new shoes too. She is too narrow for Clarks so one trip to Startrite and £34 later, eeeek!

Still need to get 2 pairs of school shoes and new uniform for ds who is going to a new school.

Ho hum, I feel better now!

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 22-Aug-08 15:03:20

Is grim, I agree

georgiemum Fri 22-Aug-08 15:04:43

His cost more than mine (that goes for clothes, food, haircuts and DVDs too).

HappyNewYearFeet06 Fri 22-Aug-08 15:04:49

Oh I am glad someone does!

I don't even spend £34 on my own shoes!

WorzselMummage Fri 22-Aug-08 15:05:15

I spent £65 in Clarks this morning..

HappyNewYearFeet06 Fri 22-Aug-08 15:05:23

Ooop cross post! At least its the same for us all

sarah293 Fri 22-Aug-08 15:06:04

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HappyNewYearFeet06 Fri 22-Aug-08 15:06:33

Oh worzel indeed.

i took dh with me to Startrite as he never buys the dc's shoes and I wanted him to experince the 'joys' of childrens shoe shopping and to see the costs!!

HappyNewYearFeet06 Fri 22-Aug-08 15:07:30

My ds wears what he likes now he is older but I have always had them fitted when they are younger.

Plus dd walks funny so she needs all the help she can get! blush

georgiemum Fri 22-Aug-08 15:10:12

I don't remember shoes being so expensive when we were kids - or were they?

sarah293 Fri 22-Aug-08 15:11:03

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HappyNewYearFeet06 Fri 22-Aug-08 15:12:31

My parents only ever bought us shoes for between £10-£15 at the most and that was from the cheap shoe shops. When I was about 11 my mum had to buy me Clarks shoes as I had low ankles and none of the cheap shoes were any good. They cost £22 and she was horrified and told me not to tell my siblings how much she spent on me!!!!

ShowOfHands Fri 22-Aug-08 15:14:30

Clarks don't fit dd either but we have a Start-rite factory shop here where shoes are £8. The styles are limited but as somebody who doesn't give a flying monkey about fashion and cares about my shallow pockets, it's brillig.

crochetdiva Fri 22-Aug-08 15:16:00

Mum & Dad always bought us Clark's shoes as kids too - and they were about £25 then (I'm 37 now) ... the fact that ds's shoes cost me £28 isn't too bad I don't think!

HappyNewYearFeet06 Fri 22-Aug-08 15:17:35

Ooh Startrite shop sounds good. I have just found a pair of boots for the autumn/winter for dd too but that is another £35.

AvenaLife Fri 22-Aug-08 15:19:36

Jones the bootmakers did have some 25% off discount vouchers if you nag them, these help. I'm not sure if they are still doing these though.

ds has to have football boots, trainers and school shoes, he has flat feet so they have to be replaced every 3 months because the sides cave in. It gets expensive. sad

elmoandella Fri 22-Aug-08 15:20:08

i'm lucky. there's a clarke outlet store near me. i got dd some clarks for £14 the other day. ds has wide feet. so i struggle to get his from outlet.

HappyNewYearFeet06 Fri 22-Aug-08 15:22:26

We sometimes go to Street outlet but only about once a year and its usually when they don;t need shoes, lol!! We go to visit relatives that live nearby.

nervousal Fri 22-Aug-08 15:23:26

DD has really narrow feet - so not able to buy cheap shoes for her - they fall off. Her school shoes cost £42 - I nearly collapsed when told how much they were - but they were the only ones in the whole of the city which fitted her.

Mammina Fri 22-Aug-08 15:30:05

Elmoandella and Showofhands where are these outlet stores? DD needs a new pair of shoes, she is still wearing sandals (with socks blush) at the moment as I'm trying to get as much wear out of them as possible but this weather is so bad I'll have to give in soon

CarGirl Fri 22-Aug-08 15:43:50

I spent £70 on 2 pairs of startright shoes today but one dd has very high insteps and very broad fitting and only one pair of shoes fitted (no hope of anything fitting at a cheapo shop have tried before) and the other dds feet are getting a bit more average as she gets older. I did make sure that we got very solid styles and they have been warned not to use them as brakes for the scooter/bikes etc. DD 4 fortunately is still in doodles and I got a pair of 2nd hand leather boots for £2 that will fit her over winter. DD1 has to have Doc Martins for school (££££££££££££) but her Dad bought the for her grin

I've had 4 new uniforms to buy this summer due to moving up and school changing uniform - I'm not a happy bunny.

elmoandella Fri 22-Aug-08 16:08:38


Rubyrubyruby Fri 22-Aug-08 16:09:54

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blackcoffeenosugar Fri 22-Aug-08 16:11:39

I feel your pain.. for different reasons ALL 3 of mine only fit start-rites.. they all seem to need shoes at the same time and so I come outabout £120 lighter each time... I hate shoe shopping!

Fimbo Fri 22-Aug-08 16:16:23

The Startrite factory is in Norwich. SoH must be lucky though as I have never managed to get an £8 pair of school shoes! But most shoes dd or ds have had from there have been at least half the price of what they are in John Lewis for the same style.

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