Product Type: Disney Fancy Dress
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Heel or no heel? Disney Princess shoes
Disney Princess Shoes Giftset
Member Name: baby-cakes
Disney Princess Shoes Giftset
Advantages: bright and colourful, sturdy
Disadvantages: not great!
Like many parents I use a sticker reward chart for my daughter, and going through a tricky non eating patch a few months ago I decided to change it from receiving a sticker for good behaviour to receiving one for eating her tea. After a couple of weeks the chart was filled and so it was time to let her choose a treat. While shopping in Asda there was a range of toys discounted and one of them was a set of Disney Princess shoes, and as she is such a huge fan of them she asked straight away if she could buy them.
I was initially wary about buying the princess shoes as they have small heels and I don't really like the idea of young children wearing heeled shoes but after much persistence and almost a paddy from my daughter I decided to let her have them.
The set of shoes come in a tall shoe holder and each pair of shoes have their own individual shelf. The shoe holder is made out of strong reinforced cardboard and has a plastic handle at the top so the child can carry the set around easily. The box is covered in pictures of the Disney Princesses so it is quite appealing and looks nice on display. There are four pairs of shoes in the set:
Red - Snow White
Yellow - Belle
Blue - Cinderella
Pink - Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
Three of the pairs have a fluffy pom pom type of thing on the top of the shoe and in the middle of that you will find a picture of the princess. The fourth pair has a ribbon rosette on featuring that princess. The shoes are made from plastic which is quite rigid and have a thick plastic heel which is approximately an inch high. It is so simple for a child to put the shoes on themselves as they are slip ons so no help is required at all.
When my daughter wore a pair of the shoes for the first time she was quite wobbly at walking in them as she has never tried any heels on before (I live in trainers!!) but after a few slips over in them she soon got used to the style of walking in them. As she was walking she sounded like she was wearing a womans pair of heels as they make a loud clicking sound. My daughter is very lucky and does have most of the Disney Princess dress up outfits so she does have the dresses with which the shoes correspond so she can either match them up or wear different - which she seemed to do most of the time! I would say that the shoes are best worn without socks as when my daughter wore them with socks she was slipping all over in them and fell over quite a few times!
For the first week or so of having these shoes my daughter wore them most of the day, but now a couple of months down the line she rarely gets them out and just tends to wear the dress and go barefoot. I think the amount of times she went over on her ankle affected her confidence somewhat in wearing these shoes and she has since told me that they aren't very comfortable on her feet.
While the shoes themselves are quite sturdy, the decorations on them are a little flimsy and a couple of the shoes lost their fluff and picture quite quickly which is a shame. You can glue them back on should you so wish, but I found that even when using superglue it didn't make them stay on! As the shoes are made out of plastic they are easily cleaned by wiping them over with a damp cloth, but really as they are used inside we didn't find they needed much cleaning.
The Disney Princess shoes are for children age three and above and fit shoe sizes 9-12. The cost of the set does seem to vary depending on where you buy them from and can be priced between £10 and £20. As there are four pairs in the set it is a good play set for if there is more than one child so there'll be no arguments over who wears the shoes!!
Would I recommend the Disney Princess shoes? No, I don't think I would as I don't think they are completely safe for young children and personally I would rather they be flat shoes as I think children grow up so fast these days anyway, putting them in heels at the age of three is just too young. All in all I wish I had stuck with my initial doubt over buying them and chosen something that would have had much more use!
Thank you for reading my review.
Summary: A pretty naff shoe