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==Clarkes Corbett Infant Boys Shoes==
I don't really know what jack does in his shoes but they never seem to last long especially if I buy cheaper shoes instead of Clarkes ones. Because of the short period of time that his shoes from a local shoe shop lasted and the fact that they didn't cost that much less than buying a pair from Clarkes, this time I decided to go to Clarkes and buy a decent pair that will last as long as possible.
These Clarkes Corbett Shoes are perfect for school seeing as they are black leather. As yet Jack hasn't mastered or been taught the art of tying laces (and can often just about be bothered to get his own shoes on, lazy little monkey!), so these shoes with a nice big thick piece of Velcro fastening is perfect for him.
These shoes were a lot more reasonable than other shoes that Clarkes sell and for a good price of £28 they were literally only £3 more than the last cheap pair I bought for him. Jack is a size 11 junior and they do a whole ton of sizes for smaller boys and also go up into making these for larger sized feet.
Jack was able to wear the shoes to school the very next day after purchase and because they were really rather soft and very comfortable (so he says) he didn't have to wear them around the house with extra pairs of socks to loosen them up at all (like we did with his last pair). However they may have felt soft to the touch and flexible to walk in, but I could just see that the quality of these shoes is very good and to a high standard, as you would expect with Clarkes.
The sole of the shoe is nice and rubbery so has a good grip on the ground (perfect for accident prone children i.e. Jack) and the inside has a nice innersole with breathable material meaning that Jacks feet are kept clean and dry and don't ever get overly hot or sweaty! There is a comfort area of padding around the ankle which not only gives support but makes getting the shoes on and off easy and comfortable.
The front of the shoe is really made up of the large Velcro strip which is covered on top with the leather upper of the shoe. This strip is nice and wide which means that it is super sturdy and strong so when fastened wil lnot ping open at all. The edge of the shoe has a rim which I thought might scuff a lot but so far even with lots of football being played on the concrete the scuffs have been fairly minimal. Also having them polished up once a week seems to protect them further against the weather and make any scrapes and scuffs not look so bad.
Overall I have to say how impressed I am with this pair of Clarkes shoes. They are not as expensive as I thought they would be as the sizes Jack needs gets bigger and for the mere few extra pounds to buy these branded shoes over cheaper ones it really is worth while. The look good, feel good and are lasting a long time they are certainly worthy of a top score of 5 out of 5 starand a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I have always been quite faithful to Clarks shoes for my son ever since he started walking but this year I opted to try some Next shoes for his school shoes. They were £22.00 and lasted all of four weeks. I will not go into detail about this as I have already written that review but needless to say when we had to replace those shoes we went off to Clarks to look there.
What I really like about Clarks is that they measure your child's feet and when doing so they measure the width as well so you know you are going to be getting a good fitting shoe for your child. I feel this is very important as they are going to wearing the shoes a lot and so they need to be comfortable as young feet really are so vulnerable.
When in Clarks we opted to buy the Corbett infant shoe as it looked perfect for our needs. The shoe is a square toe formal looking shoe with a Velcro fastening. The shoe is made from black leather but at the front of the shoe there is a rubber toe protection which to us really made this shoe stand out. The rubber part of the shoe does not make the shoe look ugly or anything but it is there to offer protection to the shoe from wear and tear in the playground. The fact that my son's next shoes had practically fallen apart at the front made me really want a shoe which was going to with stand much more wear and tear than those and I felt that this shoe would do that.
The Velcro fastening on the shoe means that my son is able to get the shoe on and off easily without needing assistance from a grown up. I do like Velcro fastening shoes for small children as I feel it helps them have some independence until they learn how to tie their shoe laces as well as the fact that they are not going to be tripping up over untied laces as well.
These shoes feel really well made but the leather also feels soft to my son's feet. We had his feet measured in the shop and he was a 10 ½ but when we felt the shoe there was plenty of room in it for him which is a good thing as there will hopefully be a lot of wear in them. The sole on the shoe has a decent grip on it and so I feel my son is not going to be slipping around in the yard wearing them too.
There is a small label on the tongue of the shoe where you can write your child's initials and class which is really handy if there are other children in the class with the same shoes.
These shoes cost £28.00 in my son's size and you can get them in sizes 10-12 ½ including the half sizes for this price. The shoes are available in bigger sizes and I think the cost of those was £30.00. The shoes come in the E to H width fittings too.
So far these shoes are great for my son. He says that they are comfortable and they look very smart with his school uniform. I have high hopes that they will last him for the majority of the school year now providing he doesn't have some huge growth spurt! I think these shoes look great and I have no hesitation in recommending them.
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Clarks has some of the most comfortable and tough shoes, especially for children.
I myself don't like shopping much in Clarks but when my son was up on his feet and ready for school (nursery), I needed something that I could rely on. Something without laces so he wouldn't trip and fall, something he could take off easily and put them back, and something that allows his feet to grow and breathe comfortably. Nothing other than this shoe came to my mind. I had seen this with couple of my other friend's kids and knew this s what i needed for him.
Looks wise, these aren't the best pair. It is quite simple- Velcro strapped black leather shoes. I have seen may other shops who have similar design for a lot cheaper too. But doesn't last like these.
It is available in various sizes from 10 to 12 1/2. It is available in half sizes too. The shoe fitting couldn't be any better anywhere- they have various width fittings from E to H. If you go to the shop, they have great staff who first measure the length and width of your child's feet and then provide the shoe which fits right for them. I like this service of theirs. Sometimes it takes a while but it's worth it.
Ever since i have bought this for my son, he has been wearing it almost everyday to his nursery and it still is in good condition. I paid around £25 for this but it is worth the money, especially when it is worn on the part of the body where your whole weights rests on. And for the kids, it is essential that the shoes are comfortable than stylish. Their feet are always growing and they need the right fit.
They are very light weight and has durable soles. the inner lining of the shoes don't wear easily.
It is a great pair of shoes for your kid's busy feet.
I have always bought Clarks footwear for my son, mainly as they are the only shop in our area to properly measure feet.
They will happily measure any child's feet without any obligation to purchase; saying this, it is pointless getting your child's feet measured from Clarks unless you are planning on buying from there as each shop's sizing will vary.
The foot contains a total of 26 bones; these bones start to develop at a very early age but will not be fully formed until the child reaches their late teens. This means that children's feet are very vulnerable and can be easily damaged and/or deformed if they are repeatedly subjected to uncomfortable or ill fitting shoes.
This is why shops such as Clarks are so important.
Clarks have specialist measuring equipment that will measure the length, width, and depth of feet; they sell five different width fittings and also half sizes, so you are guaranteed to find a great fit for your child.
Clarks' Corbett shoes are available in 'Infant' sizes 10 - 12.5 (priced at £28), and in 'Junior' sizes 13 - 4 (priced at £30). All sizes are available in width fittings E, F, G, and H. I know that this sounds quite expensive for children's shoes, but believe it or not these are quite reasonably priced compared to some other styles as Clarks' children's shoes cost from £24-£40.
They are a 'school' type leather shoe, i.e black, and in a pretty dull style! I have to say that I have never liked the look of these shoes (I don't like moccasin style shoes at the best of times!), they are quite angular and a bit 'grown up' for a young child, although my son was adamant that these were the ones he wanted, and whatever the boy wants... the boy gets!
These shoes are very well made; the shoe is thick and sturdy so the leather doesn't crease with use, this leaves the shoes looking newer for longer. They are also very securely stitched, and the stitching doesn't tear or loosen with wear.
The soles are also very secure on the shoe and don't come away from the upper of the shoe, as can sometimes happen with cheaper shoes. Yes, the sole will wear down with use, although not as bad as some other brands, I think this is because the soles are sturdier and made from a stronger material, making them very hardwearing.
I am quite impressed at how well made these shoes are. My son wore them for around 4 months before needing a bigger size and by the end of this time they still looked in great condition, minus the odd scuff here and there.
To give you an idea of how hardwearing these shoes are, I better give you an idea of what my son does in them; he is a VERY active little boy and thinks that the world is his climbing frame! He will try to scramble up every tree or wall in sight, and even uses his feet as brakes when riding his bike and scooter. Basically, most shoes don't stand a chance when on his feet!
These shoes have definitely stood up to the challenge, and are certainly worth the money; they would even be great value for money if bought for an older child (whose feet don't grow as fast as younger children's do).
I still don't like the style of these shoes, although their performance and longevity has won me over and if my son asked for them again I wouldn't hesitate to buy them.
So, to sum up... As with most of Clarks' shoes, they are a five star product!
When Harry started school last month, I had no doubts in my mind that we would be heading to Clarks to buy his school shoes. He's pretty much lived in their shoes since he could walk, and while they can be expensive for a tiny pair of shoes, they are worth it because they are properly fitted, and hard-wearing too. I can vouch for the quality of their shoes, boys boots and sandals as well, so off we went in the summer holidays to choose Harry his school shoes, although he was adamant he was choosing which ones he wanted!
Clarks school range is quite extensive, and if you cannot find something you like in one of their many stores or concessions across the country, you can order many more styles online free of charge to try on and purchase in store too, giving you much more choice. As it was, there were plenty of styles that both Harry's dad and I thought were acceptable for Harry's first pair of school shoes, so we narrowed it down to three pairs and let Harry choose out of those which he wanted. He quickly chose these, Clarks Corbett Infant shoes.
The Corbett style of shoe is available in both Infant (sizes 10-12.5) and Junior (sizes 13-4) so they should suit a range of age boys. Harry had to get a size 12 because he has rather large feet so was just in the Infant style which set us back £28 for a pair. These were actually some of the cheaper school shoes available, as some are £30+, but we weren't going to argue with Harry's choice! They are made of black leather, and feature a velcro strap across the top of the shoe which holds it in place on your child's foot.
The shoes seem really good for Harry, and he never moans that they hurt him, even after 6 hours a day in them at school. The leather seems very soft and moveable which is good because young feet are delicate and constantly growing, so they need to be flexible. They have barely scuffed as well which is great, I do apply Clark's Shu-magic polish to them once a week to treat and protect the leather, and after nearly 5 weeks of use, the shoes still look nearly new which is fab. The velcro strap is quite strong, so won't be lifted up too easily, and this features the Clarks name on the far side of it. The part of the shoes which sits around the ankle is very soft and spongey, so it is really comfortable and supportive for your child which is important.
The soles feel quite rubbery, and seem to be good in the wet as well as Harry never slips over which is great. They are lined in textile material so they are breathable, and I never find Harry's feet are too sweaty at the end of the day, so they are definitely good for young feet. Because there are no laces to faff around with, they are pretty easy to slip on and off because they aren't too narrow due to tight laces, they are a moccasin style shoe and you can fasten to the tightness preferred by your child which is great.
I am really pleased with the quality of these shoes, and would not hesitate to get Harry another pair in this style as and when he requires them. I trust that they fit his feet well because of the measuring in store by the trained advisors, and Harry seems very comfortable in them for long periods of time in them at school too. Being a boy, he runs around like a nutter during playtime and he says they are comfy, and as I say, the leather seems to wearing very well too which is good for us parents who don't want to be replacing expensive shoes every 5 minutes! They are great quality shoes at a very reasonable price and recommended by both Harry and I!
Available in sizes 10-4 and width fittings E-H
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