Product Type: Clarks Hunter Original
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These feet are made for walking
Clarks Shoes & Sandals
Member Name: katyj10
Clarks Shoes & Sandals
Advantages: Good quality
Disadvantages: More expensive than some other shoes
We are fortunate to live within spitting distance of two outlets, Doncaster and Castleford and then close by too are Mansfield, Hornsea and York which all have branches of Clarks shoes. Since my daughter has been on her feet these are the only shoes she has had and we have had her feet measured regularly in store.
Clarks shoes and sandals are expensive but well made and generally long lasting. We have bought a few pair so far which are:
- Trainers with lights in the heels: We have had two pairs of these with velcro fastening. Obviously their feet grow so fast they don't have chance to wear them out! Our daughter loves her flashing heels and she always gets comments from other (childless) friends when she wears these as they know I'd love a pair for myself too! They fit well and seem to be comfortable for her so are a style we shall continue to wear. The latest pair are pink with cakes on the side and the cupcake has a candle which looks lit when the light flashes. Very novelty!
- Patent shoes with lights in the heel. These again are a velcro fastening and have a hardy rubber sole. Amazingly the patent is still in quite good nick. Our daughter managed to not scuff these shoes but sadly they are around half a size too small for her now.
- A pair of sandals, velcro again! Made of white and pink leather and great for letting feet breathe. They are the easiest to fit on her feet and you get away with the half size as there is so much room in them. I go to these most when the weather is OK because they are quickest to get on her and stay on her feet well. Oh and they have the light up heels too! (You can tell I like these can't you!).
- A pair of brown leather shoes, Mary Jane style with velcro strap to fasten across the top of the shoe. I used a clear polish to protect these shoes straight away but these have been awful and quickly looked wrecked. They are a little heavier to wear and my daughter often drags her feet in them, result, very scuffed shoes. They seem to be really soft leather and were supposed to be her 'posh' shoes but I find myself not picking them out for her to wear often due to their scruffy look. These were the most expensive pair to buy too!
How many times will they get passed on?
Whilst she is not yet here to join us, her little sister will be getting these shoes passed on when her feet are the right size. OK maybe not the brown scuffed ones but certainly the velcro trainers and light up shoes.
As I mentioned above, they are not cheap but are generally amazing quality. The cheapest were the sandals which I have also put in the wash and they came out sparkling. These were £15 and the shoes were £20 so you are getting a bit of discount on the Clarks main store prices.
I like the service, staff and layout of these shops and never come away empty handed. When they are little, the shoes fit for such a short time it can be tempting to buy cheaper shoes but it is important when teaching walking skills that their feet are comfortably shod. We use our child family allowance to buy all her shoes so they really are free if you look at it that way.
I didn't rate the brown leather shoes but all other shoes have been great so far. I can see why people sell on the Clarks shoes at car boot sales too! We will continue to shop at the outlet stores for many more years, there is plenty of choice and size availability and you always feel like you are getting a bargain with the outlet prices.
Summary: We will stick with these