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Back to School: New Shoes

September 6, 2010
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As Grace now moves up into Year 1, luckily I have managed to reuse a lot of the school uniform from last year. All her skirts, pinafore dresses and cardigans still fit fine as does her P.E. kit. I just need to get some white tops and trousers. The one thing, and unfortunately the most expensive thing, that needs replacing are her school shoes. They wear them day in day out, running round the playground, scuffing on the tarmac, so it’s little wonder they need replacing.

I always think, rightly or wrongly, that you should get your children’s feet measured regularly and their shoes properly fitted. Common sense tells me that if they spend so long in them, then they must fit properly and not risk damaging their little feet. With this in mind, off we trotted to join the huge queues in Clarks (this being the only shop in town who fit children’s shoes).

Grace had her feet measured and not only has giant feet (almost size 12!) but they are also nearly a size different to each other and are a funny shape! This seriously limited the already poor choice of shoes until we were down to just one pair. They’re fine I guess. I’m not a huge fan of patent leather but the shop assistant assures me they are tough and will not scuff easily! I hope so at that price!

While we were there we thought we’d better get Faith’s feet measured and she needed new shoes too. She finally settled on these purple shoes but, again, I wasn’t hugely impressed by the selection on offer. So we got two pairs of shoes and left £60 lighter. That’s way more than I ever spend on shoes! Can’t complain too much tough as my Grandma always pays for the girls’ shoes. Yay for Grandmas!

Do you always get properly fitted school shoes and do they cost the earth? Or do you know of a secret shop where shoes are good quality and cheap?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2010 4:16 pm

    Wow, might have to mention that to my grandmother! I’m trying to make the summer canvas shoes last until the end of the month 🙂

    As for recommendations I always go to Russel & Bromley in Winchester (have done since I was a child!) They have a great selection, fit properly, double check the fitting with a supervisor and have more than just Clarks. We are Startrite lovers (so jealous the JuicyTots family are by a Startrite factory outlet!), their shoes are more beautiful and seem to be more sturdy than any others we’ve tried on.

    • amylane permalink*
      September 6, 2010 4:35 pm

      I think I might not be so lazy next time and venture into Winchester 🙂

  2. September 6, 2010 8:51 pm

    We’ve been to the Clarks outlet in Ashford and Street a few times and managed to get stuff. We were going to go to the one in Portsmouth last time but we rang up and they didn’t have any in the size that we thought we’d need.

    You can get pretty good deals there – some stuff is reduced to a £10 but lots of stuff £15-£20. If they’ve got something suitable in the right size, it’s a bargain!


    • amylane permalink*
      September 6, 2010 9:02 pm

      I was debating going to Portsmouth but wondered if I’d actually save any money by the time I’d driven and parked? Might try venturing further afield next time though.

  3. September 7, 2010 10:58 am

    I always up until now have gone to Clarks – but I cannot stand the gimmicky shoes and the arguments which follow ever again! Next time I’m heading off to Startright where I expect to leave the shop much lighter!

    • amylane permalink*
      September 7, 2010 11:29 am

      I know exactly what you mean. By the time I’d said I didn’t want shoes with a toy in the bottom(!) there wasn’t much left to choose from.

    • kelly permalink
      June 22, 2011 1:43 pm

      just to let you know start-rite are more expensive than clarks

  4. September 7, 2010 5:32 pm

    I love Clarks. I’m sorry. I’m a massive fan of them especially for children’s shoes. I don’t wear Clarks myself but my son has always worn them. There is always a large selection but often only two or three pairs to mine or his taste. And this is OK, because he doesn’t need more than two or three pairs.

    I think the knowledge the staff have is exceptional and the fittings are always really accurate.

    Maybe I have a good store? But I’ve never had any problems in the Northern Clarks. Their shoes are slightly more expensive, but good quality and they are definitely durable.

    Becca x

    • amylane permalink*
      September 7, 2010 9:29 pm

      My daughter’s last shoes from Clarks lasted quite well considering, so they are obviously made well. They seemed to fit them well but the choice was dismal. Perhaps I should go earlier on in the school holidays next year? x

  5. September 9, 2010 8:45 pm

    We go to Clarks, both my husband and I had all our childhood shoes from there so it just seems natural, it’s where you get kids’ shoes from!

    • amylane permalink*
      September 9, 2010 8:54 pm

      That’s how I felt but I think I might have to branch out now, maybe start a new tradition? 😉

  6. Zoe permalink
    September 27, 2010 9:47 pm

    Clarks outlet are great, I’ve never had to pay more than £15 for a pair of kids shoes there, also my daughter (age 4) had those school shoes last year and after 7 months they still look nearly new – I’m a ceonvert to patent shoes, they last much better thatn normal ones!

    • amylane permalink*
      September 27, 2010 9:54 pm

      I have to admit that it’s so far so good with the patent shoes, maybe I will be converted yet 🙂

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