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First walking shoes for girls? I intensely dislike Clarks - any other suggestions?

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Pinkjenny Tue 29-Jul-08 11:38:44

Can anyone recommend a good children's shoe company? Dd (14mo) has just started walking and has also grown out of her first pair. She is only little with size 3.5F feet.

Clarks styles are horrible, and Startrite don't look much nicer.

Any recommendations?

hana Tue 29-Jul-08 11:40:40

do you have an independent shoe shop nearby? they often do european brands - some of the french ones are gorgeous.

startrite aren't that bad are they? usually better than clarks

Pinkjenny Tue 29-Jul-08 11:42:14

The 'nicer' styles all start at size 4 - the colours for the smaller sizes are all really dark, and I don't feel suitable for the summer.

Oooh, what a fusspot I am!

littlelapin Tue 29-Jul-08 11:44:31

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hana Tue 29-Jul-08 11:44:57

what about a leather pair from daisy roots or similar? they are better off in barefeet at this stage anyways unless walking on pavement etc etc

littlelapin Tue 29-Jul-08 11:46:29

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Pinkjenny Tue 29-Jul-08 11:48:29

Oooh LL so cute. But they don't do half sizes. I guess I'd go for the size up?

Pinkjenny Tue 29-Jul-08 11:48:53

LL - they are exactly what I am looking for.

cmotdibbler Tue 29-Jul-08 11:49:19

Def go to an independant. We buy Ricosta, Ecco, Baby Oop and Elephanten as DS has very wide feet, but they all seem to have lots of different brands, and much nicer shoes.

littlelapin Tue 29-Jul-08 11:49:44

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Pinkjenny Tue 29-Jul-08 12:02:47


Have ordered these, the lady said they are big, so hopefully they'll fit her in a few weeks.


IneedacleanerIamalazyslattern Tue 29-Jul-08 12:04:45

oooh they are sooo cute wissh I had a small enoug girl to fit in those...hmm maybe ds wouldn't object.
Doodle type shoes can be quite good st this stage start-rite do them too they are nice and light and can be chucked in the washing machine.

Flier Tue 29-Jul-08 12:08:28

we got a lovely pair of (sp) elefanten shoes for dd, they were from brantamo and then I saw them also for sale in our local specialist shoe shop, thay are very well made and lovely and soft.


soremummy Tue 29-Jul-08 14:13:02

Pinkjenny I got those shoes in red but they are far too big they are supposed to be a 2 but I had to buy an insole and put it in them. They are very wide fitting. She is a size 2 E.

ShowOfHands Tue 29-Jul-08 14:23:21

If they are wide fitting I may get some. Let me know what they're like PJ. DD is a 5H+. Clarks and Start-rite don't make shoes wide enough. Her toes won't even go in the widest Clarks ones. She's mostly barefoot anyway, partly through laziness, partly through a refusal to put her in shoes yet and partly through nowhere catering for her elephant like feet.

Pinkjenny Tue 29-Jul-08 14:32:58

Hehe SOH. Did you get my FB msg?
Soremummy, what a mare. I'm not too concerned about the size as she can wear them with socks/tights in the winter, more the width - she is only a little titch, like your dd!

cmotdibbler Tue 29-Jul-08 14:43:47

SOH - def go for Ricosta, Elefanten or Ecco then. DS doesn't fit in Clarks, especially due to his high insteps, and the shop we go to has quite a choice of shoes in very wide.

PInkyminkyohnooo Tue 29-Jul-08 14:46:04

My DD wears Ricosta because she has very small but wide feet. They are very nice shoes
We've had Astor ones too which are nice, french, I think.
If you go to a good children's shoe shop they should have lots of different styles.

Can never get Clarks that fit my children anyway.

soremummy Tue 29-Jul-08 19:27:06

Pinkjenny did you see the video for the toddler wearing the squeeker shoes? Will try find a link I got mine from here scroll down to see the video clip

Pinkjenny Wed 30-Jul-08 20:59:25

Sooo cute.

alittleteapot Thu 31-Jul-08 03:18:48

We got dd some startrite pre-walkers. They're great - sturdy and supportive but very flexible and washable too. They're £18. If she's inside or in a park she's in bare feet as this is better for developing muscles but out and about she's in her shoes.

Hulababy Thu 31-Jul-08 07:52:07

Independent shoe shops should stock a bigger range of nice shoes, but you struggle in tiny shoes. DD's first shes were a 2.5E - we got er some really pretty patent leather Kickers shoes, but they were black.

Umlellala Thu 31-Jul-08 08:06:50

I love Primigi shoes. The soles are really soft and flexible.

katiepotatie Thu 31-Jul-08 08:14:31

LL - very cute just ordered a pair, very cute grin

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