“ Brand: Clarks / Type: Trainers „
I struggle sometimes when it comes to buying trainers for my oldest son as he measures a very slim E width fitting. This means that we can't make do with cheap trainers in standard sizes so have to go to Clarks to be properly measured and fitted (and pay premium prices too!) Even at Clarks, most trainers only start from an F fitting which means that my son has to try various styles to find a pair that fit comfortably. My eight year old has actually bought this same pair of Cica trainers twice now, as it seems to be a style that is narrow enough for him to wear. The trainers feature a central panel of laces which help to draw the trainer in slightly across the foot making them suitable for slimmer feet. (For this reason, they may not be the best style for children with wide feet.) They are secured with a stylish angled velcro tab which can be drawn quite tight which also helps with the fitting. Despite this, he still has to wear an insole with these to make the fit perfect. One of the benefits of having trainers fitted professionally at Clarks is that they will provide the insoles free of charge if a child needs them for a perfect fit (which is fortunate as the trainers themselves cost £28.) Bought separately the insoles cost £1.50 per pair. These trainers do last quite a long time though and we have had to replace the insoles as these wear out before the trainers do. As well as the fit, one of the main reasons why my eight year old has ended up with this pair twice is simply that he likes the design. These are really eye-catching trainers as the shiny blue metallic exterior stands out from most trainers on the market. The only disadvantage with this style is that the outside is not as flexible as other materials and the first pair he had started to crack and split at the sides. This was after several months of wear, though, and my son is not very gentle on his footwear so I wasn't as annoyed as I'd be if they had split within a few weeks. The trainers remained watertight in spite of the cracking, fortunately, and the original pair lasted until my son outgrew them. My son currently has a pair of these at school to wear with his tracksuit for PE outdoors and they are still in one piece. He finds these comfortable to wear and easy to get on and offf. They don't have flashing lights or toys hidden in the sole as some styles do but they do look smart and stylish and my boy leaves his classmates standing when he's wearing these!