Product Type: Juicy Couture Hunter Original
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Couture for kids
Juicy Couture Radiant Kid
Member Name: chrisandmark
Juicy Couture Radiant Kid
Advantages: Look absolutely fab!
Disadvantages: Expensive and a thin sole makes them slightly uncomfortable when walking
I bought both Alice and Hollie these shoes when the Juicy Couture brand were being sold at knock down prices, this was sometime last year and unfortunately I can't remember exactly which site I bought them from so you'll have to have a browse around if (after reading this) you decide you'd like some for your own 'Radiant Kid'.
They are a ballerina style shoe available in black or the hot pink you can see in the piccie above. Alice actually preferred the black ones but I ordered both girls' the pink version as in my opinion the black looked more like school shoes than I really wanted. These are such gorgeous shoes though, the black ones look very smart while this pink shade is more fun and perfect for the toddlers and young children they are designed for.
Available in UK sizes (infant) 8 to (child) 3, the sizing isn't particularly accurate and while Alice's shoes (size three) came up very big, Hollies seem to be on the small side. This has actually worked well both ways for me as it has meant they have worn these fairly expensive shoes for longer than they would have done if the sizes had been spot on when I first purchased them. Still quite irritating though to order the size I'm know should fit, only for Alice to be forced to wait weeks until she grows into her new shoes.
The shoes have a much sturdier body than the usual type of kiddies ballerina shoes, the price for me is justified in the high quality of the shoes and also the fact that they provide plenty of support for my daughters' growing feet. They are a nice mixture of suede and leather, with the side panels of the shoes being suede and the leather being used on the toe and heel. I was a bit surprised when they arrived actually as the photograph on the website made them appear to be completely suede, although thinking about it now I'm happy with the leather sections as they do protect the toe and back of the shoe from damage.
The colouring on the shoes is seamless despite them being made of the suede/leather mixture, I expected there to be a slight variation in colour due to the different materials and their dying processes but the pink is exactly the same shade across the whole shoe. The bow at the front of the shoe is a stiff corded ribbon, it's obviously there just for decoration but gives the shoes an interesting and very pretty look which looks equally good on three year old Hollie and Alice who was then eleven.
Sole-wise the shoes aren't great, they have a very flat sole which is hardly cushioned inside at all and therefore the shoes aren't particularly comfortable. Hollie has never mentioned it, but Alice did used to moan occasionally that she would get a burning pain in the balls of her feet if she walked any distance in them. Slipping my hand inside one of the shoes now I can tell you that I know they'd hurt my feet as the thinness of the sole would definitely mean you'd feel every lump and bump in the pavement as you walked. The outside edge of the sole is also extremely slippy, there are a few small ridges in the rubbery sole but not enough to prevent a child slipping over in wet or icy weather and I'm always a bit concerned about this when Hollie wears hers out to play.
I like the rhinestone decoration on the toe, they are very well secured and not a single gem has dropped out during wear. Overall the shoes are quite easy to keep clean, Mark's in charge of shoe cleaning and keeping our centipede-inspired shoe racks in good order and he has never said that these are particularly awkward to take care of. I've noticed the suede can start looking grubby quite quickly, especially if the girls' have been wearing these shoes in the wet weather (in particular, Hollie: small child + large puddles = messy shoes) - this is easily sorted out with a damp cloth though so it's not worth curtailing your child's fun while they're wearing these.
And, well, these shoes aren't the cheapest. In a fit of splurging I paid £72 for each pair, although have since seen the same ones at www.panachekids.co.uk for £45. In all honesty, the price I paid is a little too much for shoes for such young people. They really are excellent quality and still look as good as new, but still. I'd jump at the ones on Panache Kids though as that's a cracking price for a pair of (semi) designer shoes which look so good. Even if they are a bit uncomfortable.
Summary: A gorgeous pair of shoes for any little Diva!