I was offered the opportunity to go along to Clarks to choose some new school shoes to review here on my blog. I have to say that I am a huge Clarks fan so I jumped at the chance!
My eight year old and I went along to our local store and first of all had her feet measured only to find that her feet had grown by one whole size since our last visit. Her feet don’t tend to grow for ages then have a huge spurt but how bad did I feel? Argh! One thing that I do love about Clarks though is just how thorough the fitters are when measuring childrens feet. There is absolutely no pressure to buy shoes that you don’t need. Obviously this time though, we most definitely needed new shoes!
My daughter has very narrow feet which often means that we don’t have much choice when it comes to styles that fit her correctly but actually we had five different pairs to choose from and that was just in my request of patent leather. I have to say that I love patent shoes because not only do they look lovely and shiny, they are basically indestructible. My daughter is tough on her school shoes. And I mean really tough. Playtimes are spent running around like a loon and climbing trees plus we scoot to school and back most days so it is essential that her shoes are very hard wearing.
After much trying on, we went for this gorgeous Dance Bow Inf pair with advice and guidance from the fitter. The other ballerina style shoes were gaping a little around the front and we found that this t-bar style with an adjustable strap gave that bit more support to her very narrow feet. They fit beautifully and there is still some room for growth so she’ll get lots of wear out them yet. They tick all of my practical boxes with the patent toes and trim to the back plus they have a good thick rubber sole. Of course my daughter loves them solely because they have a bow on the front. It’s fair to say that we look for different things when choosing school shoes so the fact that we both came away happy was a very happy bonus!
The Clarks school shoes range is available in store or online and comes in both whole and half sizes as well as different width fittings. When you think of how long they wear their school shoes day in day out, I think it is essential to have their little feet measured properly and I was seriously impressed with just how thorough our fitter was in store. There really is something for everyone though with a large range of different styles and finishes to choose from smart shoes to black trainers. Our pair of shoes cost just £28 which I think given the quality and just how much wear that I expect we’ll get from them, is very good value. I think it goes without saying that Clarks school shoes get a huge thumbs up from us!
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was very kindly provided with a voucher to go along to Clarks to choose some school shoes. All opinions here are of course my own.