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When my daughter had just started to toddle I bought her a pair of Clarks trainers in a size 5, but I made the mistake of buying them in white. Luckily she grew quickly so I had an excuse to repair them - they were quite scruffy by the time we went into the Clarks shop in the Trafford Centre, Manchester to get her measured for replacements.
We like Clarks as they're one of the few easily accessible shops on the high street that have children's foot measuring machines / hand held measuring devices, and that sell children's shoes not only in half sizes but in a variety of widths too. I think it's important to look after a child's growing feet, so I always make sure that my daughter's 'main' shoes (ie, shoes she will spend a lot of time in, she wears trainers to nursery), are properly fitted and comfortable for her.
When we went in about six months ago she was a size 6, a fair size for an 18 month old! We had a look at a few pairs of shoes but the Clarks Daisybrite were by far the most sensible option.
The Clarks Daisybrite are a tough little pair of trainers, with a sparkly silver upper, with purple accents. The sole is purple and white with a design of bunny rabbits, even though these shoes are silver they're still very girly girl and not at all boyish. Rather than laces which you don't tend to get on very small child's shoes, the Clarks Daisybrite has two velcro fasteners on them, these are quite rugged too and are in excellent condition after 6 months' use. The shoes have 3 LED's on the side which sparkle sequentially with every step - my daughter absolutely loves this, and has now worked out how to pat her shoes when she takes them off to see them sparkle!
The shoes are pretty versatile in terms of looks with the silver sparkliness, they go well with jeans / denim leggings, but also look fine with a denim skirt or pinafore and white / blue / purple tights.
I feel they fit very well, my daughter can walk well in them without any movement and her little feet are well protected. She is happy to wear them to dance around in and play, and there's never even been the slightest hint of them being uncomfortable.
The price is probably on the steeper side for children's shoes - the Clarks Daisybrite cost £34.99 (not in a sale) and would cost slightly more online with the P&P charges. But they've lasted her six months now and they're still in excellent condition, and if it wasn't for her feet growing they'd last her longer. Certainly I'm going to clean these when we get new ones (in the next few weeks) and save them for future babies or for friends' babies, which I wouldn't do if they were in poor condition (because of the LEDs you can't put them in the washing machine!) Yes you can buy trainers for £10 in a supermarket but as I've said these won't fit as well and with my daughter being so young I'd prefer to pay a little more and know her feet are OK.
I'm so happy with the Clarks Daisybrite, they're lovely little girls' trainers which are versatile, long-lasting, hard wearing and most importantly I know that as they're fitted by specialists and tailored to her width fitting, they're comfortable and they won't cause any problems with her growth in these early years.
I highly, highly recommend the Clarks Daisybrite and, so far, every pair of Clarks shoes that I have tried, especially for my daughter. The quality is excellent.