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Kickers are a European-based shoe manufacturer with a reputation for ethically produced, long-lasting boots and shoes.

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      06.01.2014 16:51

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      I have just come home from school and yet again my shoes, socks and feet are absolutely soaking and my feet are freezing. My mum paid £40 for these shoes, thinking they would be a sturdy pair of shoes for school. They are absolute rubbish, don't waste your money on these substandard shoes. Edward Gregory.

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      15.04.2013 14:06

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      A guy I know owns a Kickers shop and he was telling me that the Kickers nowadays are all made in a different country to the originals. I owned a red pair and a grey pair in the rave days of 89-90 and mine never wore out. My son now wears them for secondary school and we have bought him about five pairs over 3 years . His new pair have just arrived as the last pair only lasted 6 months and the stitching on the right front of the boot went completely. Kickers need to sort this out and start making them like they used to do. They are not cheap by any means and should last for a long time.

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      20.03.2013 10:13

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      We bought a pair of your Kickers shoes for our son who desperately wanted a pair. They looked like reasonable quality but 6 months later the soles are completely worn out, 3 of the eyelets have fallen out of one shoe and the leather has come completely away from the sole in 2 places. If these were a cheap pair of disposable shoes then I'd still be annoyed but at least I'd understand. Instead these shoes cost us over £50 and I'm simply astounded. The lad only walks to the train station each day and this has never happened with any other pair of shoes we've ever bought him. Very disappointed.Mike

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      10.08.2012 16:13

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      I believed that Kickers had a reputation for being comfortable and hard wearing and so bought a pair in May 2011.Comfortable they were,but within three months the sole stitching had failed.I returned them to the shop and was given a replacement pair.These lasted four months before the sole stitching gave way.Back to the shop again.The next pair managed six months before the same fault occurred and this time I returned them to Kickers HQ in London.I recieved an apologetic letter and yet another replacement pair which,guess what? Failed.The sole stiching gave out.At this moment I am waiting for a new pair from Kickers UK,hopefully to be delivered in September. P.S. I am a fifty year old bloke and I look after my shoes,I think Kickers could try a bit harder to make a shoe that lasts.

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      06.01.2012 18:13

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      I have been trying to order a pair of shoes via the website this week which show in stock but once you complete all the forms (takes a while) you get a nice note saying out of stock & cannot complete.So I called them and it turns out they are having technical issues on the website which has been going on for a while. As a loyal costumer i asked when this is will be resolved - the answer was a "That's headoffice problem, we have no idea - could be days a week or longer". They are aware of the issue but have not even bothered to post a message on their website which is a very unproffesional approach and costumer service have an "not MY problem" answer ready.Very dissapointed in Kickers costumer service !

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      08.01.2011 18:35

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      I have a 12 year old boy and have brought Kickers for him as school shoes, as they are best known for being hard wearing and ideal to all parents as sensible shoes. When my son attended Primary shcool he played football twice a day, nearly every day and the kickers did seem to last the test of time, however this August I brought a new pair for his secondary school, costing £60.00 and they have already become unstitched around the front, therefore the sole falling off, bearing in mind he no longer has playtime twice a day and football only once a week, these batch have proven to be a big disappointment. It has come to my attention that I am not the only person who has found to have this problem so early on with my purchase, I have had a great response from many other parents that the same has happened to their children's shoes. I will be contacting Kickers head office for them to take account of the price that they are charging for shoes that don't seem to be able to last for more then a few months. I, as well as other parents would have thought to get at least a couple of school terms out of them..... Please if you are reading this and have experienced the same problem, do as I have and get in touch with Kickers...I have no issue paying the money for kickers if they are strong and dependable, as they were when I were younger.

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      24.04.2010 15:03
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      Pay that little extra and you will get good value for money

      As im from Manchester myself I remember when Kickers were first introduced and noticed on the market in the late Eighties and Early nineties . I loved and still do Ian Brown and the stone roses I used to attend The Haçienda and trainers were not allowed to be worn that this guy wore them . So being a fan I begged my mum for a pair of these for my birthday . I think they were around £40 - £50 then . These were then a trend setter which I wore at school as I was just getting the feel of being allowed into clubs and wanted to look the bizz. Which is when Kick Hi design made Kickers where it is now -------------The Company ----------- In 1968, a guy called Daniel Raufast came up with an idea to fit in with the current dress sense of those that wore jeans . Then Jacques Chevallereau then created the first ones . That had a different idea than those in the shops already. Then Kickers sales profits rocketed By 1974, and they were selling in over 70 countries by then . ----------Popularity ------------ These have become ever so popular with well know bands and musicians as they are comfortable wear day and night , and suit all types of clothing attire . They often change the styles to keep up with the modern world and I enjoy browsing the variations they have created over the years Such famous people who I think advertised and made them as popular as they are now are the likes of Ms Dynamite, So Solid Crew, Jarvis Cocker, Noel Gallagher, Mike Skinner, Arctic Monkeys, Craig David and Rodney P. -------------What I got ----------- I decided when my daughter was old enough to wear them at 2 years old I bought her two pairs one yellow and one black pair . But I was a bit dubious as friends had said their children had some where the sole came away. But I thought I would try for myself and Im really glad I did . I got her the patent leather ankle boots I paid £25.00 each for the shoes from Ebay two year ago , they also do stock Kickers shoes and boots in many online and high street shops including Clarks , JJb Sports , and the Kickers website itself which can be found here http://www.kickers.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Home_3_302 --------------Use ----------- They are great for school wear , occasional use , walking , climbing along with work ware .and come in many different styles , shapes and sizes and cater for Men , Ladies and Children from as small sizes that are suitable for babies too size one . --------------Design------------ I find that all the pairs I have purchased , which is six pairs so far .Are very durable and have since purchased more , as these are great for all weathers , the ankle boots keep your feet protected from rain and snow with the upper rim of the boot being very supported with soft rubber . The patent ones are a very high sheen and my daughter is always getting complimented on her strong brightly coloured yellow ones . They do not seem to loose the shine even after a daily use of a few months wear . They have chunky well strung laces which have more of a rope texture , making this easier to grip for the younger ones to fasten the laces . All of the designs have a small piece of material attached to the stitching with the Kickers emblem on , making them a noticeable shoe . Along with a piece of shaped leather which is attached to the laces . You can remove this if you wish . I use these markings to ensure I have a genuine pair as unfortunately there is counterfeit goods on the market so I recommend using the official site to buy from . The quality stitching is very accurately detailed which is usually in a lighter shade than the whole colour and can be seen clearly. As for the insoles I find these are of a bouncy sprung felt material with the logo printed on . My daughter loves wearing her shoes as she finds unlike other new shoes these do not rub her and cause her discomfort , as she is prone to have blisters due to her having wider feet than the average child. So another reason why I am pleased with this brand because I do not have to put up with the tears and never ending plasters to purchase , caused by sore feet from poorly made footwear. The most impressive part about these shoes has got to be the outer soles . They are extremely strong meaning my daughter can play out , run in parks and trudge through snow if she has too . Without wearing the soles down . They are rubber made, with a tread which protects the foot from slipping on slippery surfaces. --------------Cleaning ------------ The important part is to look good , no matter how much you have spent it is no good if they look dirty after five minutes wear . Well I can honestly say I just use soap and water regularly to clean them and this does the trick on the patent ones . A bit of elbow grease if she has been in the mud and leave outside to dry .they look good as new . You can buy cleaner for them depending on the material from any shoe shop ranging from a £1 and upwards . And do as described on the bottle . I purchased some from poundland for some brown ones and this worked fine . ---------Wear and tear ----------- They do get scuffed but I would say it takes alot more scrapes to be noticed than other ones I tried . And a bit of cleaner sorts the problem out quick enough . -------------Packaging ----------------- The box is a standard appropriate dimension for the item you buy . Normally of a dull red colour with the distinctive "kickers " logo in white on the lid . -------------Website ------------ If you visit their website at http://www.kickers.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Home_3_302 . You will find things suitable for everyone and even a picture for children to colour in . It is very easy to navigate around and always check out the sale link as there is some good offers on , along with other accessories like bags . -----------Price ----- They range from around £15 and upwards depending on the type you are after and sale prices . -----------Overall ----------- Product that are unique and always having new ideas , which are suitable for all walks of life . maybe a bit dearer than the usual price for footwear but you get what you pay for . So I would much more prefer to pay for something that lasts and looks good than buy never ending cheap shoes which hurt and fall to pieces .

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        17.03.2010 17:41

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        I will warn you before you buy some kickers kick hi curly pink metalic boots as much as they look absolutely gorgeous which they do,untill your child actually wears them and then every tiny little slight knock or scratch the colour just comes off without any effort I spent £50 and within a week they looked awful please resist these shoes as much as you love them you will regret spending your money on such rubbish.

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        11.01.2010 01:09
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        Really good shoes with a distinctive style, for all ages.

        I started wearing Kickers shoes when I was a teenager. I have to say I was influenced by the fact they were the in-thing at the time, but the shoes I 'encouraged' my parents to get for me were stylish and hard-wearing. I like to buy smart shoes that are also a bit different and have a good style as well as functionality, so I currently wear a pair of blue Kickers with white soles for work. I bought them about 6 months ago, and they are still going strong. They took a long time to 'break in', they felt quite rigid at first, and I had to get a size 7 and wear an insole as they weren't available in half sizes! The blue dye from the leather leached out onto the white laces, which was annoying, but it came out in the wash with the assistance of a little bleach. So that's the bad. But I feel the good points far outweigh these. All the pairs of Kickers I have bought have been very tough, and some pairs I have owned for several years. I really like the Kickers style, it's smart, fashionable and distinctive. You can buy Kickers shoes for all ages, and I'm looking forward to buying my children their first pairs of Kickers. You do tend to pay quite a lot for Kickers shoes, but they are not as expensive as other brands, and I've always found them to be good quality.

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        07.07.2009 15:46

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        a lovely pair of shoe,well made and comfy

        I was bought a pair of kickers shoes/trainers for my birthday and i just love them.i cant remember the name of them but there similar to the lo kick shoes on the kickers website. mine are made from soft back leather with 2 velcro straps across the front of my foot and are extremely comfy. The sole of the shoes are very solid rubber and have great tread on them so even in bad weather i dont think there is any chance you would slip and fall. There very wide too so allows lots of space for you foot to spread out as you walk making it more comfy and healthy for your feet. The upper of the shoe as i said are soft black leather with the kickers logo on the heel of the shoe and on the outside of the heel on each shoe.The stiching is very neat and very well done so i think theres very little chance of them coming undone and falling apart like some other shoes do. The inside of the shoes is made from a soft breathable fabric so make them an ideal summer shoes too and would keep your feet warm in winter but not too hot if you know what i mean.Again very well stiched and see no problems with the inside and outside of the shoe coming apart anytime soon. When first wearing the shoes i found that the instep in the shoes were a bit higher than in any of my other shoes but it fitted the bridge of my foot really well and made the extremely comfy to wear,in fact just as comfy as my timberlands which i paid 3 times more for.

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        13.03.2009 14:40
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        You Kickers Yourself If You Don't Get A Pair!

        At school the only shows I ever wore were Kickers so I must have made my way through at least ten to fifteen pairs throughout my life. About 6 or 7 years ago I also had a few of their jumpers and a rucksack which I used for college but seeing as my main experience of Kickers is with thier footwear, that it what I will base this review on. Not really knowing much about the company I did a little research before writing this review. Apparently founded in 1968 by Daniel Raufast purely as a footwear company, his idea was to create shoes that were suitable for the more casual 'blue-jeans' wearer. Forty years later it is safe to assume that he met his target. I have always been amazed by the level of comfort offered by Kickers. During the 90's (when I spent most of my time in Kickers) their unique selling point was that the inside of their shoes were based on the native american footwear of moccasins. This design is basically one whole piece of leather stitched and arranged to cover the whole foot. The idea of this was that it increased the comfort and durability of the shoe. I know that, even considering that I wore them to school (where even the best pair of shoes could be ruined in minutes), mine always lasted an extraordinary length of time and were always as comfortable as the day they were bought. Although expensive for school shoes (they were always betwen £70 - £90 which, ten years ago is alot) they are great value for money. I have recently bought another pair of Kickers (the Kick Hi design if you wish to know). They normally retail at around £70 but I got mine in a sale for £35. Initially, there were very very uncomfortable. They hurt my feet alot and I was on the brink of putting them in the bottom of the wardrobe, never to be seen again, but I decided to give them one last try. Once I had 'broken them in' they had become a very comfortable pair of shoes. They look perfect with jeans and tidy up a casual outfit very well indeed. There are two identifying things about Kickers. One is that the soles of the shoes are different colours. The sole of the left shoe is red while the sole of the right shoe is green. A nice touch I think you'll agree. The other is that each pair of lace-up shoes comes with a Kickers tag that you are meant to put on your laces so that there really is no question that what you are wearing is a Kickers product. I have seen these made in various materials over the years but the majority have been either leather or plastic. As a youngster I used to keep my tags, even when the shoes themselves were dead and buried. I had quite a collection at one point. It seems there is a bizzarre trend to collect them as I have seen some go for considerable amounts of money on ebay (how I wish I still had mine!). Kickers is a fun and stylish shoe which is normally confortable. I would recommend them to anyone but I would also recommend they try them on properly before taking them home!

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          09.12.2008 14:43
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          a great quality name

          Kickers is a brand name that has been around since I was a child, they make all sorts of clothes that are available at a lot of places. Catalogues like littlewoods and great universal stock kickers shoes, boots, jeans, tops , jumpers , trainers and sports trousers. Kickers footwear is also stocked in most stores that sell brand named shoes and in most sports wear shops. When it first came out years ago kickers was up there with nike and adidas in the top of the market in fashionable names but over the years its popularity has droped along with its high price tags but its superb quality has remained the same, You can buy a pair of kickers boots for around £50 which is reasonable compared to other brand prices, they last you years because they are very well made. There clothing is also cheaper than the top names on the market but also excelent quality wearing very well.

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          08.12.2008 12:08
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          Seem to still be a good quality shoemaker!!!

          Two weeks ago, my work shoes were really making my feet and legs ache. The soles on both have been split for over a year or so, allowing them to leak water in when the weather was wet, but finally they had completely died , with lumps coming out, leaving a void in the sole which is what was making my feet hurt. Now, I must point out, I have had these shoes since I was 15 yeas old. I'm now 29 so they've been around for 14 years. I didn't wear them a great deal until I finished university in 2000 and started working, but since then they have been the only shows I have worn for work. I have a fairly sedantary job, so they don't get masses of abuse during the day but I do go for a 2 minute walk most days so they see a bit of action. Were it not for the split soles, you would have no idea the shoes were so old because the uppers still look great (despite me be very slack about cleaning and polishing them), so it was a little disappointing that they had finally died but I think they did way beyond what you'd expect from most pairs of shoes. These super lasting shoes were Kickers, so when I decided I really did need to get some new shoes, I decided to look for Kickers again. After all, my experience with them had been great and I remembered them having a good reputation all those years ago, when I first purchased them, for being good quality hard wearing shoes. They were one of the 'in' makes of shoe when I was a teenager, and everyone had a pair. But they were one of those brand that parents didn't mind their kids wanting because they were well made and lasted well, unlike some of the fad items ( I distinctly remember wanting an A-Team back pack when I was a kids, my mum said it was terrible quality but I got one anyway, and it feel apart after not very long at all). Chunky and hard wearing was the order of the day back then, after all it was the time when Caterpiller was just starting to make a name for themselves as shoe makers in this country! I managed to find a nice pair on Amazon of all places (I didn't even know they did shoes!) which had leather uppers and were a shape I actually didn't hate, unlike all the shoes I had seen in the shoe shops I spent ages looking in on the Saturday morning. So many shoes these days are really squared off at the toe and loook like pixie boots, and I can't stand that look, so to find some that were a little rounder nicer was pleasing. Also pleasing was the price, they were only £30 delivered which was considerably better than anywhere in town (except Shoe Zone of course but the ones they had were truely horrid!). The shoes took a few days to arrive but when they did, they were packaged well, in a Kickers box and included the customary Kickers Leather key tag thing. I triend them on and they felt very comfy etc so I decided to keep them. I've been wearing them for the last week or so and have found them to be very comfortable, nice and light (they hardly feel like you are wearing anything on your feet) and having looked them over very thoroughly I would say that they seem to be very well made. I do have one slight complaint, gone are the chunky, thick soles that used to be a bit of a trademark of Kickers shoes, and the thing which I attribute the exceptional long life of my previous shoes to, in stead there is a much thinnner flatter sole, which is more in keeping with the style of a lot of todays shoes. This seems to me to be a bit of a double edge sword, on the one hand, the thinner sole is never going to last as long as my old shoes did, but on the other hand, it is rather more conventional in its nature (the old shoes were much more like traditional mocasins with a thick chunky sole, which sort of cupped the whole shoe, stuck on the bottom) which will mean that they can most likely be re-soled as and when they wear out, something which was not possible on the older shoes. Quite what the thinking behind this change was I'm not sure, maybe it was to be more in keeping with the styles of today, or maybe it was because the new style sole is much cheaper to produce? Maybe it was because the old shoes lasted so darn long they needed to make thigns which would wear out quicker because noone was buying any more shoes for so many years? Whatever the real answer, I would have to say they over all, my new shoes are great. I am unsure how long these new shoes will last, though I wouldn't imagine in my wildest dreams that they will ast anywhere near as long as my previous pair! But they do seem to be well made and are very comfaortable, so I would definitely recommend them to other people, and I would be prepared to say that Kickers still seems to be a good quality make of shoe, and available at more reasonable prices than some makes!

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          06.10.2005 18:59
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          not built very well, customer services couldn't care less

          Bought my 9 year old boy a pair of Kickers for school, payed £44. Thought it was false economy buying cheaper shoes as Kickers had a reputation of being rock solid. After 2 months half of the sole came away, having long since discarded the reciept, figuring it was a design fault sent the pair of shoes back to the manufacturer. I sent the pair to show that the shoes had hardly been worn, as he doesn't wear them after school so had not got much wear out of them. To my surprise the shoes were returned with a letter saying that there was nothing wrong with them and their Footwear Technologist found only signs of wear and tear??? In other words a 9 year old child has worn out a pair of Kickers in 2 months and they are not in the least bit bothered by this. When you are paying a premium for a product that fails to deliver you expect the company to react, they did BADLY! To sum it up you are paying for a name not build quality and definately not customer service!

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            12.07.2002 20:00
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            I'm on my fourth pair now, and for smart but not flashy shoes I wouldn't buy anything else. Kickers are a French brand who make both smart-casual shoes and casual ones, as well as making other clothes and fashion accessories. You can get them in shops like River Island, and also in sports shops. My first pair where my school shoes when I was about fourteen. I'll admit it; I got them because everyone else had them! They had a medium high heel and laces, and were black nubuck leather with ghillie tie laces. Very comfortable, even with no socks and not tied up properly. I wore them until the heel got all worn down and they looked a bit scruffy, and by that time I had changed to a school without uniforms so I didn't need to wear black leather shoes. I think my mum paid about £75 for them. My next Kickers were a pair of orange suede skate-shoe type trainers, which I also wore to death. I wore them all day and for games lessons as well, so they did pretty well to last for a couple of years. If the suede got dirty I could just put them in the washing machine. I got them from a shop that sold past-season stuff so they only cost about £35. My present pair which are still going strong after 18 months (and so they should!) are a pair of black loafers I got from River Island. They have a low heel which is a sporty sort of shape (they are almost wedges) and a metal bar with the Kickers logo in it across the front. They are very comfortable and the inside is well padded. I think the soles are made of a harder rubber than my first pair as they haven't worn down at all despite being worn most days. In my opinion they are ideal for just casual wear and also for jobs where you are on your feet all day but still need to be a bit smart. They cost about £50. My other pair are a pair of sandals which I haven't really worn much as the weather never seems to be good enough! The platforms are good for puddles though! They have a hard rubber platform sole with sports-sandal type straps. These were £20 in a sale in Allsports. I am impressed with the quality of Kickers in comparison with other fashionable brands and will have no hesitation in buying another pair if I need them.

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