“ Brand: Clarks / Gender: Girls „
It's fair to say that the look of children's shoes has improved since my youth, (mind you I went to a school where Jesus sandals were actually on the uniform list), this season's Clarks girls' trainers being a case in point. My daughter has been putting these through their paces, they were bought from the Clarks store for £28.00, but are also available on line.
As you can see from the picture they are in a rather fashionable lilac, what you can't see is that they include lights in the little hearts in the rear of the shoe, these flash red with a reasonable amount of movement. Any mum familiar with Clarks will, no doubt, share my delight that you are not paying for any hidden toys or gimmicks here - you are just getting a well stitched and, I am assured, comfortable shoe, with nice detailing - there are suitably girlie sequins on the side.
The shoes come in widths E, F, and G - in this season Clarks don't seem to have made many trainers in the wider fittings, and actually my daughter is a H so had to upsize to get a good fit - we never have huge choices in Clarks as shoes go, but this shoe accomodates my child's wide feet well - she has a high instep too and the strap is fully adjustable so I would imagine good for narrower insteps too . As the "laces" are actually elastic there's plenty of give in the shoe which seems to fit snugly. The toe is non-scratch and has been resistant to tree climbing and bike riding thus far. My daughter says they are comfortable and "bouncy" - with the flashing lights we can certainly see her coming in these!
The sole of the shoe has an "interesting" bird pattern on it - no idea why - the bluebird in flight pattern does seem to grip well, but does trap mud quite badly. That said, even though (as usual) I declined the invitation from Clarks to buy a special cleaning product, I have found the finish on these (a mix of patent and suedette) has worn well and is easily wiped clean. The material is apparently "coated leather" - in any case the interior is a nice fabric and despite extensive wear these trainers are not stinky yet - she has mainly worn them with socks but also with "skorts" and bare legs - these trainers go well with a range of clothes in my opinion and are the perfect antidote to black school shoes which are her usual wear and rather less pretty than these!
These shoes go from size 8 -12 1/2 so are firmly aimed at younger girls, I like the fact that they don't look too "grown up" and also like the reassurance of them being properly fitted. We had a similar pair of Cica trainers last year (in bright pink), and they do seem to be of good quality and the design appeals to mums and children alike. I think they are reasonably priced for the quality you are getting and, overall, I would recommend these trainers - my daughter loves them!
Product link: http://www.clarks.co.uk/find/keyword-is-