* Prices may differ from that shown
These Clarks "Swerve Hit" shoes were something we bought for our son a few months ago. When we are buying shoes at present we often seem to buy several pairs including school shoes, a trainer pair and often some crocs or similar so he has shoes for outdoors and indoors. This is generally not a cheap option but I have found often if I buy cheaper trainers that they seem to fall to pieces quickly.
The Clarks trainers are available in a blue and red option my son picked the red shoes as red and green are his favourite colours. At nearly 6 years old he likes now to have a bit of a say in the picks of his clothes and shoes and we found that he was drawn to these shoes by their bright colour and football shoe style as they are well designed and seem to appeal to young boys.
The shoes are styled like a football boot with stitching in a criss cross pattern at the front. As well as giving it a football look it also seems to make the front of the shoe nice and tough and combined with the plastic sole edging to the front the scuffing to the shoe has been minimal. Given that these have been worn to climb trees, play at the playground and play football in I am pleased with how well they have worn with out becoming tatty.
The shoe whilst having the appearance of laces is actually an elasticised lace and Velcro strip to fasten the shoe with a tab over the top which disguises the Velcro strip. This again gives the trainer a look of a football boot which appealed to my son but more importantly for me these shoes with the Velcro fastenings are nice and easy for him to put on himself and he is able to adjust the strap so it fits comfortably. The Velcro is wearing well and there is no loss of stickiness after several months of wear and tear. The adjustability also gives the shoe a good fit on his feet and they have never fallen off due to poor fitting.
As these shoes come in a variety of half and full sizes and widths we were able to have a good fit on the shoes with the help of the sales assistant in store. My son has narrow width F feet and often we will find that trainers we buy from supermarkets just drown his feet and fall off when he is playing sport or climbing trees. But there is none of that with these and the size fits in a comfortable way that is neither too lose or tight on his feet.
The soles of the shoe are nice and tough and hard wearing as they are made from plastic. They seem to provide some grip to the ground when he is running on tarmac and the like in the playground or climbing trees. They are less good on wet grass and whilst they do look like a football shoes/boots they actually in my opinion couldn't be worn for playing football on grass as if the grass is wet my sons feet do slip in these shoes compared to him wearing football boots with the studs on. Because of this whilst they do look like a football boot unless they are just playing on hard surfaces I wouldn't recommend buying these to wear as a football boot substitute.
The shoes claim to have a "Agion antimicrobial linings to help keep feet fresh" now my son I have to admit does have sweaty feet so I was curious if this would stop the shoes taking on a smelly feet smell. I think that it does reduce some of the odour that can linger in shoes. Giving them a sniff test compared to his school plimsolls they are definitely less smelly so it must be doing something but there is still a faint whiff of sweat. His feet when wearing them still do sweat so how fresh they keep them I am unsure but I have yet to find a pair of shoes that does that so it wouldn't put me off buying them again.
Overall I would definitely recommend these trainers the football boot look appeals to young boys and certainly did for my son. They are hard wearing and cope well with being worn in a variety of play settings. The fit is good and the Velcro fastening makes them easy for young children to put their own shoes on. I am giving them 4 stars reducing one star for the shoes still allowing sweat to develop and for the lack of grip on wet grass. These shoes are currently reduced on the Clarks website for a price £18 compared to the £26 we paid but even at full price I do think they are value for money given how well they have fitted and worn.
My eight year old son is a typical boy, as in he is always swinging off lamp posts and climbing up trees, he goes through shoes so quickly that I had reverted to buying really cheap shoes, but my friend suggested that instead of buying a new pair of cheap shoes every month or so, I buy some trainers from Clarks as they are really hard wearing. So I bought these trainers for just after Christmas. Here is what both he and I think of them.
The style - They come in red like the picture and also a bright electric blue, which is the ones we bought. They are styled to look like 'real' football boots, with a large tongue and stitching detail on the front. They have a good thick sole. The shoes have velcro fastening and 'fake' elastic laces. My son was immediately drawn to these, they were the first ones he picked off of the shelf, I tried to persuade him with some less bright ones but he was adamant he wanted these.
The fit - In 'normal' shops my son is a size 11 with these however he was a size 12G. Clarks are brilliant at measuring childrens feet, they use a machine to get a approximate fit and then when your child tries on the shoes the trained staff check if they are a correct fit for them. These shoes come in a size 8 - 2.5 in width fittings F, G and H.
Hard wearing ? Very ! As mentioned we bought them about five months ago, they have been worn very frequently and are still looking great with no holes or tears at all. They are a bit scuffed around the toes but they are still in excellent condition. The insides are still great with no fading or bobbling, they have special Agion antimicrobial linings to help keep feet fresh, I have to say they work great no smelly shoe smells that usually happen with trainers.
Where to buy and how much ? You can only buy these shoes from Clarks stores or on their website. They cost between £26 and £28 depending on what size you buy.
Final words - I was a bit dubious about paying £28 for a pair of shoes that from past experience would last little over a month, but I have been so impressed with them. My son loves them for two reasons one because they look 'cool' and grown up and secondly they are super easy to put on and kick off due to the fake laces and Velcro. I love them because they are so hard wearing and easy to clean.
I think the price is very reasonable considering how long lasting they are. I have always bought my childrens school shoes from Clarks but hadn't really considered there for casual shoes, until now that is !
I bought these trainers for my son, age 4, because he was staring football training and wanted to feel the part. He plays football both inside and outside on grass, but at his age I wanted to buy a pair that would be good for general sport and casualwear too.
On visiting my local Clarks store, I saw a variety of sporty / football styled trainers in the boys' section, and asked a fitter to help us find the best fit. The first thing to note about these, and the others we tried, is that my son needed a much bigger size than the machine measured him at, and indeed than his school shoes. He measured at a 8f, but ended up getting a 9f - the fitter kept trying 8.5f trainers on him, and he said they all hurt. Then she tried 9f and decided these were a better fit, but he still complained on tightness on the arch of other styles. As soon as he tried these ones on they were much more comfy - a great fit straightaway.
The boys' trainers in Clarks vary in material - some are synthetic upper, others are leather. I have a strong personal preference for leather, which is what these ones are made of. They look very well-made, and the rubber sole has a great grip. They go from size 8 (junior) to 2.5, in F and G widths.
They have fixed elasticated laces, with a riptape on top and then a velcroed flap that goes over the riptape. This means they are easy to put on, which is good for my 4-y-o, but probably means there is less adjustability with the fit. The velcro is holding up very well.
They have self-proclaimed 'Agion antimicrobial linings to help keep feet fresh'. I haven't noticed anything about this as my 4-y-o's feet don't get too sweaty yet, but they are comfortable for him.
They are available in blue or red - we have the red, which has contrasting black trims and white stitching. They look very trendy (especially for Clarks) and sporty, yet are smart and after several months of regular use they are holding up well and still look fab.
Overall, as long as the fit is good on the individual child, I would highly recommend these trainers for any or all of the following - amateur football (except where boots / studs are specifically required), casualwear, playing out, any kind of after-school sports where trainers are advisable.
I paid £26 instore for these trainers, and I think they have been excellent value as they are cheaper than alternatives of similar style / quality that I found. They are also leather, so I think they are better value than the synthetic alternatives. They are still in great condition, so I expect they will be grown out of rather than worn out. I just hope that Clarks still make these trainers when that happens as my son loves them and they are indispensible!