Product Type: Disney Fancy Dress
Newest Review: ... yellow and blue. The shoes are slip-ons with open toes and a small heel (about an inch) - the heel is in my opinion too high for young ch... more
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Disney Princess Shoes Giftset
Member Name: arleek
Disney Princess Shoes Giftset
Advantages: Look nice, well made
Disadvantages: Heels on 3 year olds
These shoes are something she plays with whenever she visits her friend's house, and they are something she really wanted for Christmas...so I gave in, and when I saw them in B&M Bargains for £10, I was pretty chuffed to be honest because I have only ever seen them for about £18 in other stores.
==Shoes?....With Heels....For Children...???==
In the set you get 4 pairs of plastic shoes, in red, pink, yellow and blue. The shoes are slip-ons with open toes and a small heel (about an inch) - the heel is in my opinion too high for young children, but what can you do? Each shoe has a disc on the toe with a different Princess on, I recognise Snow White and Cinderella, but who the other two are I have no idea, but I presume most Princess lovers would know straight away who they are! And this disc has a frill around it; this frill is the only part of the shoe that is not plastic. To be honest, I really quite like the look of the shoe, and I think they would have really appealed to me when I was a kid, the bright colours and the clear plastic just has some quality that I like.
==Are They Wearable?==
When my daughter opened these on Christmas Day, she was so excited and so I was pleased that I went against my principles and bought her the shoes. Both my children have since worn them quite regularly about the house when they are dressing up, and even when they are not dressing up, they just like to wear the shoes 'because they can'. The recommendation on the box is for age 3 and above and I would agree with that. My 3 year old can get them on and off with no problems, although she struggles to walk around in them, but practise makes perfect and she is getting better, but she really has to concentrate when she is walking about, and has often cockled over (I blame the heels). My 4 year old however has mastered the art of tottering about in her high heels and very rarely falls, she can even run about in them, which is one of the funniest things I have ever seen - arms in the air, feet taking baby steps and clattering about the house. She's like a little old lady.
The downstairs in our house is predominantly laminate floor, and this was a worry to me before we bought the shoes because I was worried about the girls slipping and sliding, but I have noticed that on the underside of the shoes there is a small rubber grip on the heel and the front part has a textured section to allow for better grip. And I think this worked because neither of the girls have slipped, yet, and they do tend to run about in them.
And despite the shoes being plastic, the girls do not seem to have any discomfort when wearing them, I first thought the plastic would dig into their soft skin, but to be honest they wear socks most of the time when wearing the shoes, and they only usually wear them for 10 minutes at a time so they don't have time to get blisters.
So although my first thoughts were that they would be difficult to walk in, slippery, and harsh on their feet, they have proved to be none of these things; I actually think they have been quite well designed and I (as well as the girls) have been really pleased with them.
I think these shoes are great, they are perfect for what the girls want them for, fairly easy to walk in, and well designed and constructed. They also look pretty and come in a handy cardboard shelving unit, and the fact they come in a pack of four means my kids can share them with their friends when they come to play. I have to admit I wouldn't pay £18 for them, but for £10 I am very impressed.
I would recommend them for girls (or boys!) aged 3 and above, I reckon by the time they reach about 6 years old they may start to outgrow them.
I have seen these in Asda & Tesco for around £18, but they are sometimes included in various offers. The cheapest I have seen them is B&M Bargains for £10, and that was in December last year (2011).
Summary: Nice dressing up shoes for kids
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