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Member Name: Sapphylcw
Date: 23/10/11, updated on 23/10/11 (207 review reads)
Advantages: Good range of shoes, range of widths and sizes, well laid out stores
Disadvantages: Can be expensive
I'm in my early-mid twenties and my feet have probably been mistreated by my shoes as much as the next girl. I've worn horrendously high heels, I've worn cheap shoes with soles so thin you can feel the pavement on every step, shoes that the rain has leaked through in seconds and finally shoes that don't fit properly and pinch my toes/give me blisters/make me unable to walk after a few hours! I had always been told that Clarks shoes were really comfortable but I had given in to them six years ago at my mum's insistence while buying some new work shoes and they were the most uncomfortable shoes I've ever owned, they absolutely killed the arches on my feet and were very painful! My mum thought that I was just playing up because they were Clarks shoes and uncool, until she tried wearing them and also had to admit defeat! Since then I'd held a grudge against Clarks and just assumed that I was destined to wear shoes that don't live up to my expectations. However I recently started working as a Care Assistant and would be on my feet all day and would need shoes which covered the whole of my foot and met certain requirements, for which I decided to put my grudge aside and give Clarks another go.
The Clarks Unloop shoe completely met my requirements, it's from the unstructured range so has loads of padding and is like heaven on your feet. I have to admit though that I wasn't prepared to pay the Clarks prices for them so I ended up buying them online in the sale for half the price! However I was so impressed by the shoes themselves that they completely changed my mind about Clarks and having looked around the store I found that there were some quite trendy styles on offer which, I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting! Mary Portas has just introduced a range with them and they also have a Boutique range which offers more trendy options aimed at people my age. I also like Clarks Originals, particularly the Yarra Desert boots which are my autumn/winter boots for this year!
I also really like that they offer wider fits for adults because I find that my feet are wider than the average woman's and my little toes always seem to get squished which causes me a lot of pain, but usually wider shoes end up being too wide or only in the rubbish styles! Clarks seem to offer quite a large range of wider fit shoes but I also find that most of their normal shoes fit my feet without me having to buy wider versions, so maybe they just have a more realistic view of the width of feet than other stores!
Clarks shoes are undoubtedly more expensive than your average high street shoe from New Look or the normal places I would shop. However I have found that their sales are quite good and you can find discount codes for use on their website which makes them more affordable. I don't mind paying extra for their shoes because they are more comfortable, fit my feet better and are more sturdy and durable than high street equivalents. They also tend to be made from better quality materials which mean your feet can breathe!
I have bought all of my Clarks shoes on the internet so I can't comment on in-store service but I found the website easy to use and I was able to use discount codes in order to get my shoes at a cheaper price. It is easy to add items to your shopping basket and go through the checkout process and my shoes had arrived well packaged within 5 working days, much to my excitement! My shoes arrived with information on how to return the item which seemed an easy process.
Clarks stores are well lit and well laid out, it's always easy to browse through because the shoes are well spaced out, well ordered and easy to see. Although you do have to ask to try on shoes which some people don't like doing I find that the staff aren't too pushy and don't hover while you're trying shoes on and you don't feel forced to buy if you're not sure. The fact that all the shoes aren't out on display is also a bonus because it means that your shoes will be brand new and won't have been marked or damaged in the shop! The staff all seem to be friendly and helpful in my experience, however I've never had to try and return anything!
Overall I find that my mind has been completely changed about Clarks and I find their shoes to be good quality, although a little pricey and the shopping experience to be simple and efficient. I have had loads of compliments from my friends about my shoes, they don't know they're from Clarks and are always surprised when I tell them where I got them!
Summary: Good quality shoes with some stylish options