“ Brand: Next „
When my daughter first started school last year, we had to organise a PE kit and I was reminded of those little black plimsolls which I had to wear as a child. The problem was, I am a very disorganised person so a few day before the start to term, I started to buy things ready, unfortunately, while every shop I went in had plimsolls for sale, none were the right size so I started looking online and spotted these.
I normally begrudge buying thinks online from next, simply due to the extortionate delivery charge of £3.95, unlike most shops, this is cost regardless of the spend so it isn't like I could 'treat' myself to some other things to get out of paying.
The plimsolls are still available online and in larger stores and retail for £4.50 - £5 depending on the size. I think is quite reasonable for Next as it isn't too much more than supermarket prices. They are available from size 7 (infant) up to size 5 (junior) which I think is quite a good range and I think this would mean there is a size for most children.
I normally only buy Lauren shoes from Clarks so that I can have her feet measured and be sure she is in the correct size however the cost of there plimsolls was nearly £8 which I thought was a little on the steep side considering how much wear they were going to get (and the fact that she was probably going to loose them). I did order Lauren a size 10 which is what she has measured as in Clarks and this proved to be a good fit so I would say that the sizes are pretty accurate too.
These are available in black only and are made from that canvas type of material they were when I was younger too (a bit like adult pumps), the soles are made from thick rubber and have quite a lot of grip on them which is ideal when playing in the school hall. Across the front of the plimsolls is a thick band which has quite soft Velcro underneath, Next actually refer to the Velcro as touch fastening and it really is that; little effort is need by Lauren to either put on as she just as to touch the top band and the shoes are secure.
The insides of the plimsolls are patterned in pink and white spots and I believe there are similar patterned ones but in blue aimed at little boys.
If I was to have any complaints about these it would be the ability to write my child's name in them, on the inside sole there is a printed name and class section but I really did struggle to write in here due to how small the plimsolls are. Having said that, I think I would experience this problem with any brand.
At the end of term, the plimsolls were returned home in Laurens PE kit and to be honest, still look as good as new which I am really pleased with (although this might be more to do with the fact that they didn't get much use if she is anything like me)
Overall, I would recommend give 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
I used to always buy my daughters' school pumps from Woolworths, but long before they went belly-up the stores near me began stocking less and less in terms of childrens schoolwear. I needed an alternative but (although it feels like my second home sometimes) it hadn't occurred to me to look in Next for their pumps, instead going to an independent shoe shop and spending a fortune on pairs which barely lasted a month let alone a term.
I saw them by accident in the end, a huge basket of black school pumps reduced to £1.99 a pair. Cheaper even than the cheapest pumps in Woolworths, so I grabbed a few pairs in different sizes to keep the girls stocked up.
They are basic black school pumps, the Next label does nothing to pretty them up or make them look any trendier than any other pair. They feature a velcro strap fastening which is handy for my three year old as she can't do laces yet, I prefer this to the elasticated fronts you find on most brands of school pump as it does make them look slightly less regimented. This velcro strap is too thick to be called a strap really and makes up a good wedge of the front of the pumps, it makes putting them on easier though as the pumps can be fully opened up in order for a childs foot to slip in. The pumps can then be fastened as tightly or loosely as you need them to be. I'd have loved this on my own school pumps as I had very narrow feet as a child and can remember the way my pumps used to flap up and down as I walked, no wonder I'm overweight as an adult as in those old fashioned pumps (with my mutant thin feet) I could hardly walk let alone run and jump around in PE!
The toe in these pumps is slightly more pointed than a lot of school pumps, this wouldn't affect their wearability but again this minor change helps them to stand out a little among other pumps. I like the fact that Next haven't put too thick a rubber sole on the pumps and have also dispensed with the rubber toe cover as it feminises them a bit. Black school pumps are never going to be attractive (and even if they were, the rest of the PE kit definitely isn't!) but these do nod towards the fact that girls do PE and games at school and not just boys. They are unisex and definitely well suited whether you are buying for girls or boys.
The sole is well cushioned and covered with a fabric which is cool and comfortable on my daughters' feet. None of them have ever complained about these pumps and I know they must be comfortable as my eleven and fourteen year olds have both worn them out with baggy jeans, the older one commenting that she likes the look of the toe poking from underneath her jeans even if the actual style of the pump isn't trendsetting.
The sizing of the pumps has been spot on for all the time I've been buying them. Whenever my daughters go up a shoe size I know I'm going to have to get a bigger pair of these pumps, being made out of a canvas material they are almost as unforgiving as real shoes when it comes to trying to squeeze a too-large foot into them so don't think they're going to stretch with your child. Because they won't, they'll just cripple them.
These pumps last surprisingly well. Our record to date is from January to when the kids broke up for the summer holidays in July, which is excellent for such a cheap pair of pumps. These are actually the ones which were also worn for ages with my daughter's jeans so I definitely got my moneys worth there. I have never tried machine washing them myself, although a friend of mine has and she said they come out fine once they've dried. Personally, for that price I'd rather bin them when they're starting to show their age rather than go to the bother of washing them!
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My son started year one in September and I decided to completely replace his PE kit which he had had for the reception year which of course meant new plimsolls for PE as well. I am a fan of next for the most part for the quality of their products and have only recently had issues with the quality of a few things. However, I decided to buy my son's school plimsolls from next where they cost £3.50 which I felt was a reasonable price.
The plimsolls are all black and are made of a kind of canvas textile material. The sole is made of a rubber material and has a good grip on. I am pleased about this as I remember that the school halls where they do PE can be quite slippery at times and I wouldn't want him to be falling because of his footwear.
What I find particularly great about these pumps is that they have a touch fastening which goes across the shoe. My son cannot tie laces yet and I can imagine that the teachers would prefer them to have a touch fastening shoe which they can do themselves rather than have to go round and fasten thirty pairs of laces before they can begin their lesson.
As the shoes are all black it is quite difficult to write your child's name in the pump but I have written it under the tongue of the shoe and told my son his name is there should he lose them. I am not sure how you would even get on trying to iron a name tape in there or something! It would be nice if there was a label in the shoe which was suitable for putting the child's name on so it was easily visible.
My son can put these shoes on without any assistance and he tells me that they are comfortable to wear as I made him try them on around the house before he started school! He says he can run fast in them as well!
I am hoping that these pumps will last my son the school year as we have already bought a second pair after he thought he had lost one pump but then found it again-typically after I had re ordered them! I would not hesitate in buying these pumps again though as I feel they are a very good price and easy for my son to put on whilst at school.
As I mentioned the pumps cost £3.50 and can be bought in a size 9 right up to a size 8 according to the next website. I would advise if you buy online to search for a free delivery code or to buy them whilst purchasing other things as the delivery is actually more than the pumps themselves!
Thank you for reading my review!