“ Brand: Clarks „
My daughter is right about at that stage where she seems to get through shoes fairly quickly. As that is the case, I am often reluctant to spend too much on them for her but she needed a decent pair recently and Clarks was one of the few shops that had a good range of what looked like hard-wearing shoes that might just last her a little longer than usual. Although these are priced at around £30, these shoes are made very well and look like they have a lot of life in them even for someone like my daughter who seems to treat them extremely hard and give them a lot of abuse! The extra little thing about them that swung it for me was that you get a little toy in the heel! Okay this is a marketing gimmick but then I am easily swayed!! The toy consists of a little doll that fits in a plastic compartment in the heel and that is of course miniscule seeing as how it needs to fit in such a small space! One heel holds the doll and in the other, you get a little valise containing clothes for you to dress the doll....a feat I end up nearly always undertaking as my daughter can get the clothes off but has trouble with her small hands getting them back on! There has been some negative comments about how the plastic compartment in the heel can crack letting water into the shoe. I must say I have not found this just yet, though we have had the shoes for a couple of months now, but I did discover that the plastic is quickly scratched and scuffed meaning that although it doesn't affect the asthetic appearance when the shoe is being worn, you cannot see the doll inside when you take them off or turn them over. Overall, these shoes are a neat idea aimed at children but are ultimately a bit of a cheky gimmick! A boys version is apparently available with a car in the heel as a treat but whatever gender your child, I would look around before you settle on these as they are a lot of money and I am not sure how long it will be before my daughter, Emilie loses the doll!
The Daisy Rose shoe from Clarks is a pretty shoe which is suitable for schoolwear or more formal occasions. It is made from black leather, which has a pretty detail on the top and side of the shoe where the leather has been punched out to form patterns. The shoe has a cut out flower detail on the top and on the fastener, which is a very practical velcro fastener at the end of a leather strap which crosses over the foot. As always with Clarks shoes, a member of staff will fit the shoe for your child and make sure that it fits perfectly before you buy. Clarks Daisy Rose Junior shoes are one of a range of shoes by Clarks which has the gimmick of having a small doll toy hidden in the heel of the shoe. They also do shoes for boys, which contain small cars. My daughter has had a few of these shoes over the years and the contents vary depending on the shoe. Some contain animal toys as well as a doll, but this particular shoe contains a doll in the one heel and a collection of "clothes" in the other heel. You access the toy by lifing up the insole of the shoe at the back. This enables you to lift out the toy. You can also see the doll through a transparent plastic window at the bottom, and in my opinion, this is the BIG drawback of this style of shoe. Why? Well, although the shoe is beautifully made and of excellent quality, the little plastic window in the bottom of the shoe is a weak spot, and is not made of very durable plastic. Inevitably, after a couple of months wear, the plastic window begins to crack and loosen at the edges. Behind the window is the hollow space containing the doll, and behind the doll is the insole of the shoe. So guess what happens when your darling child steps into a puddle? Water seeps in!!!! The design of this shoe absolutely infuriates me. Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, this shoe only lasts as long as the plastic window in the bottom. Of course, you pay a premium price for the shoe, a pair of these will set you back at least £30, but if that window cracks at the bottom, these shoes will only last a few months before being rendered useless. Not only that, but by the end of the shoe's life, the little doll in the heel will be really grubby and black. Our school actually banned these dolls because the kids were playing with them in class! As I have said, I have been stupid enough to buy this type of shoe more than once, and sadly, every time, the plastic window has worn away, letting water seep in. I think this is quite unhealthy for kid's feet. When I mentioned this problem to the lady in Clarks, she semed quite unsurprised, so I think this must happen a lot. Suffice to say that these days when I go instore for shoes I insist that they are the "non toy" type. In summary, the shoe is beautiful, but is ultimately let down by the gimmicky design. Avoid these shoes like the plague if you want your kids to have dry feet!
My daughter had outgrown her school shoes, so we went out to get her some more. We went to our local Clarks store. As i always like to make sure that i get her shoes from Clarks, as i know that they are fitting her properly then and will not rub her feet in anyway. My daughter had been saying that she wanted the 'doll shoes' and i really did not know what she was on about. So when we went into Clarks to have her feet measured she quickly told the sales assistant that she wanted the 'Doll Shoes'. So the lady came out with a selection of shoes and showed my daughter the Doll Shoes first. She quickly said 'i want these'. So she tried them on and they fitted lovely. I have to admit that they looked very pretty too - (as i am usually a big fan of patent shoes, as i find they dont scuff), with a little flower on one side and on the velcro fastener. These shoes are very pretty and girly, with leather lining and insert with an easy fastening velcro strap. With a lovely doll in the sole of one shoe and a wardrobe and change of clothes in the other. The shoe box also came with an icecream shop pop - up on the top of the box which i thought was great. The negatives now. To get to the doll and the wardrobe you have to lift the insoles up. There is a little handle to lift it up. But as you can imagine with little girls, they are taking the doll out at every opportunity. So it ruins the inside of the shoe. My daughters are ruined now because of this. The insole is all folded over in one of her shoes. Luckily school finishes in 3 weeks. So, although they are pretty shoes, they have not been designed very well. I will not be letting my daughter have them again.
I've always been a great believer that for young children you cannot over emphasise the importance of good quality well fitted shoes, especially while their feet are still growing. This is the main reason that ever since my two daughters have been walking I always take them to Clarks for their new shoes, where their feet are always properly measured by well trained assistants. We have just had a very important visit to the shoe shop with my eldest daughter as we were on a quest for her very first proper school shoes! We came away with the Clarks Daisy Rose Junior, and I have to say that both she and I were very happy with our purchase. As you can see from the picture, this shoe is very sensible and suitable for wearing to school. It is black in colour and has both a leather lining and inset. The sole is rubber but it has some little purple heart shapes patterned into them and I think these will help them grip. There is a slightly raised heel at the back, but hardly noticeable, and it has a cross over bar to keep the shoe secure and this works by using velcro. This was quite important because when we went to the meeting for parents at my daughter's new school we were asked to send them in shoes which they would be able to do up easily themselves. The shoe is also very attractive with a little lacy effect punched out of the leather, and on each shoe there are two leather flowers - one on the main part of the shoe and the other on the bar that goes across. My daughter tried these on in the shop and had a good walk around before declaring that they were very comfy and that she loved them. With all Clarks shoes both the length and width are measured and my daughter is now proudly wearing her size 10Gs! So we both came out of the shop very pleased that we had bought the new school shoes, but I was actually leaving the best surprise until we got home! When Rachel got her shoes out of the box to show her Daddy I told her to look at the bottom of the shoe. She couldn't believe her eyes when she saw an absolutely tiny dolly looking out of a window in the heel I would have to say that she was beside herself with excitement! It took a moment to work out how to get this little doll out but then we realised there were little flaps to pull on the soles which then meant you could get to the toy. There are flaps and windows on both shoes, although there is only one toy, but I guess you can alternate where she lives. This little doll is absolutely tiny, but even so she comes with a little suitcase and a change of clothes. I have to say that it's all quite fiddly to change, and I don't doubt that we will lose most of the pieces in the near future, but at the moment she really is my dughter's pride and joy! And to cap it all, in the top of the shoe box there is some pull up card that turns into a two story house for the doll. I have to say that I think this is absolutely marvellous and what a bonus from going out just to buy a pair of shoes. My daughter has had so much fun with this, and she's also got a very nice, practical pair of shoes for school The shoes did cost me £30, but this is the sort of price you do expect to pay for a decent pair of children's shoes. We totally recommend them!