Product Type: Clarks Hunter Original
Newest Review: ... were turning over inwards we knew we needed her feet measured properly. ~*~Why choose doodles? Now to summer....my little princess nee... more
A summer shoe essential!
Member Name: sassypat456
Advantages: Cheap, light, adjustable
Disadvantages: Some unattractive designs
Last year my daughter had been walking a few months when summer hit andI had to think about what summer shoes to buy her. I popped into my local branch of Clarks and all the regular shoes seemed too heavy, too clumpy and too expensive! But then I spotted a whole range of shoes on a stand by the walls and discovered the appeal of Doodles!
Doodles come in a whole range of styles and colours, suitable for both boys and girls. They are made from canvas or similar light materials and have a flexible but sturdy rubber sole. They come in all sorts of varieties including open toe sandals, closed toe sandals, traditional shoes, and options with velcro, ribtape or clasp fastenings.
I bought my daughter two pairs last year. The first were a girlie version of the ones in the picture, except they were denim with pink stars on them. I was not convinced I liked the design, but my daughter adored them and they went with everything. I have to say that despite being made from canvas, these shoes were surprising hard-wearing and still look really good. They would certainly withstand the wear of another child if I decide to have one. I had assumed that because they were canvas in origin that they would lack support and be better for occassional use but I was wrong. The ankle area had padded support and my daughter never toppled over in these despite being a relatively new walker. She wore them without socks and never had any blisters or anything. They really were brilliant, despite me not really liking the cutesy design.
Added to these I bought my daughter a pair of sandals from the range and these look like walking or trekking sandals, are open toed and fastened with two velcro strips. They were super lightweight in design, lighter than the other pair, and had little cupcakes on the velcro strips. At first my little girl was unsure of these asher foot was not enclosed like she was used to, but within a week or so her curiosity took over and from then on she lived in them. Again being fairly plain these went with all her dresses and trousers and looked really good.
In fact we liked them so much that we headed back this year and bought this year's version! Instead of cupcakes the sandals have little stars and I prefer this as I'm not really into babyish designs. My daughter is now two and as soon as she tried these on she was running around the shop in them and refusing to take them off. When I prised them off her feet to pay for them she had an allmighty tantrum, resulting in me giving in and letting her wear them home!
I anticipate that these will be her favourite (and cheapest) shoes this summer as she is already insisiting on wearing them. The Doodles cost around £15 a pair which is around half the price of a regular pair of Clarks shoes. Despite them being more generic, and less fitted with no width fittings, they all seem to have fairly adjustable fastenings so they can be tightened or loosened if necessary. My little monster has narrow feet and they fit her fine regardless.
There are no real downsides to these shoes. Yes they get filthy but luckily they come up good as new when machine washed on a low temperature. I am not always a fan of Clarks shoes and often buy from independent retailers instead, however I cannot fault Doodles as a cost effective, lightweight and easy to wear summer shoe. My daughter can get them on and off by herself and as an independent little madam, I think that is part of the appeal for her.
They are a bargain at the high street price, but if you are lucky enough to have a discount/outlet village near you, they can be picked up for as little as £6 a pair. Now there's value!
Summary: A brilliant shoe invention!