“ Brand: Clarks „
Clarks Girls Shoes
I bought these Girls Clarks shoes having been disillusioned with some Asda ones I had bought. However, these shoes were somewhat more expensive than the Asda pair (£5). These Clarks shoes coste£32 - ouch! I thought as I handed over my credit card... pricceeey!. However, given that they were Clark's shoes I was not so surprised at the price. Clarks have a reputation for quality; being the quintessential British school shoes (well they were when I was growing up). The twice-annual purchase of pair of school shoes was a bit of an event, as the shop was one of the only ones which had a foot and width measuring machine to accurately calculate if you were a size 7f or g etc.
So anyway fast forward a fair few years and back into the Clarks shops with their familiar styles, quality leather and solid looking little shoes on the shelves. Surely, these would be worth the £32. Oh dear, how wrong I was!
The ones I purchased you can see from the picture on this review at the top. They were a classic black with a softer feel to the leather as I wanted them to have a bit more 'give' to them for flexibility on the foot. The strap had a double wrap effect across the top with Velcro attached to the end. The first part of the strap looped through a small silver loop to the side and passed through up on a diagonal to the other side where it had the Velcro to secure it.
==The product and testing them out==
So having got the shoes, they then were then put to use; although initially comfortable, it quickly became apparent that they were somewhat 'flatter' than most of the Clarks designs. On reflection though, I think this was just the design of the shoe.
After one week at school, I was expecting the said shoes to look just as robust and good as the first day if not slightly dusty. However, after the first week it became apparent that the leather was not at all of that higher quality, the shoes were so scuffed it was untrue and I mean deeply scuffed. Normally I can polish most scuffs out (on a decent thick leather shoe anyway) however these were not having any of it, the scuffs looked awful a much lighter black bordering on a dull grey.
A month later and the shoes were looking really, really old. The black leather looked faded and very used, the scuffs were highly evident on the front and in addition, the Velcro straps seemed to be a magnet for any fluff, bits of string, debris they could attract. So on fastening the shoes they just looked a mess. Short of 'combing' out the Velcro there was no way they were going to look tidy again.
The only good points on these shoes were the initial putting them on, and of course the ease for children to Velcro their shoes if they have not yet mastered buckles and laces, however if that is the key points then you can get other designs of shoes at a much lower price than these Clarks ones.
Pretty much 2 months down the line and the shoes were not even fit for purpose. Even though my child had not outgrown them, they were just too scruffy to send her to school in. I was highly disappointed in these as they cost such a lot of money. I was disappointed in Clarks; I always had the idea that they always produced a quality shoe; however, this last product has dissuaded me of this opinion totally.
I give them 1 * as that's the lowest I can give.
My daughter has to wear black shoes to school and we have been purchasing Clarks shoes for several years now. The cost of school shoes from Clarks tends to range from £25 to £38 depending on style and size and for this price I expect a good quality shoes that is designed with children running around in the playground in mind.
I purchase this shoe in a 12F fitting and it cost me £32. My daughter liked the fact that these were the 'air' shoes and said they felt light and bouncy on her feet. She has yet to learn how to tie laces and buckles take her forever so we chose these for the velcro fastening. As you can see from the picture they have a criss cross strap which is held closed with black velcro.
This is where we had a problem. The Velcro lost it's strength and the shoes kept coming undone. I am aware that velcro does attract hair and fluff and so am used to having to clean the fastenings every so often. But however much I did this with these shoes, they still kept coming undone. I found this dangerous as my daughter runs around the playground and could easily fall over if her shoe came undone.
We weren't the only ones with this problem. Two other children in the same school had the same isue with this particular pair of shoes. In the end I ended up purchasing a new pair before this pair had worn out just because I felt it too dangerous for my daughter to keep wearing them.
I do still buy Clarks as I think it must of been either a poorly designed shoe or a bad batch of velcro. However I now make sure that there is a decent amount of velcro on the fastening so that it is unlikely the fastening will come undone. I also look for shoes with a good amount of rubber at the toe end in the hope that they will last longer.
My daughter has been wearing these shoes to school for exactly half a term now. They are from Clarks, that traditional destination at "Back to School" time, and come in fittings F and G. They are available in sizes 10 up to 2 1/2 and cost £32 (the smaller sizes are labelled inf rather than jr and are £2 cheaper but the same shoe).
As you can see from the picture they are the kind of thing most British schools insist on, they have sensible soles and a plain toe. My daughter, bless her, had pretty difficult feet to find shoes for, as they are wide and have a high instep. These shoes have a nice wide fitting at the font, and are quite adjustable due to the velcro strap. We both (as in my daughter and me) liked the look of these on purchase as they have a nice patent detail on the strap, and the toe is a little less rounded than it looks on the picture, which makes them a bit more grown up we felt. They have "air" soles, so we thought they would be good for plenty of walking, as we do try and walk to school as much as possible. I bought the Clarks name as I wanted a quality, fitted shoe for my daughter, and to some extent that is what I got. I have to say, unfortunately, that these shoes have not worn at well at all.
It's fair to say that my daughter is quite hard on her shoes, but albeit only in her third year of school, these have worn the worst of any shoe we have had. Her first ever school shoes lasted a whole year, they were startrite and slightly more expensive than these, but these shoes look like they will probably not last til Christmas. The sole is fine in some parts, it has little purple hearts embedded in it and these are doing well, but the toe end of the shoe is very, very worn and the shoes have scuffed badly (as to be fair I would expect), but the leather is very nearly worn through already. I am a bit disappointed by this as these were not cheap shoes, and I would expect better, though the rest of the shoes are fine, bar the toes, they look as if they have been worn for months rather than weeks.
My daughter does find these shoes comfortable, and says they are "bouncy" but I envy her friends who are boys who have toes encased with rubber that seem to be more designed for the primary school playground. I wouldn't buy these particular shoes again as they have really not lasted well for expensive shoes. I am glad there is no toy in them, but don't think that for the premium you pay for fitted shoes that this particular pair is really very good, a few of her friends have the same ones and they don't seem to be faring much better in all honesty. Disappointing and not what I expect from Clarks.
Clarks / black leather shoes.