“ Brand: Next „
When my son was starting back at school this September I made a decision to buy his shoes from Next as I had bought him some there for the second half of his reception year and they lasted very well.
I opted to buy the next brand triple strap black shoe and they cost £22.00. The shoes are a casual looking shoe, almost a smart looking trainer. The upper part of the shoes is made from leather whilst the rest of the shoe is other materials. The shoes do feel of a good quality and the leather feels quite nice. These shoes can be bought in a small size 9 right up to a large size 8 and of course the price adjusts accordingly.
What I liked about these shoes was that they looked quite casual and comfortable. It is very important to me that my son's school shoes are comfortable for him as he has to wear them from Monday to Friday for a very significant portion of each day. My son said he liked these shoes and felt he could run fast in them apparently!
The shoes have three Velcro straps but only two are actually functional in terms of fastening the shoes and the third are just there to look nice on the shoe I think. I like the Velcro fastening shoes for my son when he is at school as they are easy to get on and off and there is no chance of him tripping up over untied laces! Of course as with any other Velcro shoe the Velcro does attract bits of fluff from the school carpet!
So these shoes sound quite good right? WRONG!!! After just one week the fronts of the shoes were scuffed up and the leather damaged. My son has never damaged any pair of shoes in this way before and so in my opinion it is the quality of the shoe that is the issue here. After four weeks at school the leather has actually come away from the front of the shoe and there is just no disguising the fast that they are wrecked anymore and so we have had to go out and buy some new shoes-opting for the quality of Clarks this time.
It is hugely disappointing that the shoes lasted such a short time and I had to go out and buy some more as I am a single mum and money is tight, certainly on the run up to Christmas! After speaking to a few other mums who opted for next shoes after previous good experiences with them it would seem that they have also found the shoes have spoilt very quickly this time around. This definitely suggests to me that next have done something different with their school shoes this time, as it is not just me who has had issues. It is a real shame that the quality just doesn't see as good as it used to be.
I obviously cannot recommend these shoes to anyone as I have found them to be such a poor quality for the price. If I could award the shoes no stars I would after this horrible experience, but sadly I have to award something so I give them one star because at least they looked nice initially.
Thank you for reading my review!