This has to be one of THE most debated parenting topics in our family!
I have to say until a month ago I thought ‘It really doesn’t matter where Lily’s shoes come from as long as they fit’ my husband agreed. My mum on the other hand has always been a vehement supporter of Clarks – I have excitedly showed her many a new pair of Lily’s shoes that we thought looked pretty only for her to tut ‘they’re not from Clarks, that baby needs proper shoes!’. My mum is convinced that because her parents couldn’t afford Clarks shoes it exasperated her hammer toes and made them worse; she, therefore, would only ever let me wear Clarks shoes.
Until last month I genuinely couldn’t see what all the fuss was about…I always took Lily to Clarks to be measured then trawled the high street for shoes in her size; I thought this was enough that they had been properly measured. Then a couple of weeks ago my friend thought her child was waking awkwardly; it turned out that the ‘high street’ shoes were not doing his feet any good – that got me thinking – hmmm maybe mum was right, maybe Clarks are worth the extra cost after all!
In the same week, I was offered a complementary pair of boots to try by Clarks; I gladly accepted. We went along to the store to get Lilys feet measured and ensure the boots I had chosen were a perfect fit -having never previously purchased from Clarks I didn’t realise how much care they took over actually ensuring the children left with the right fit for their feet – I always assumed that once they were measured and you choose shoes you were done – not so, the lady checked the fit in length and breadth, got my daughter walking up and down the store to ensure the fit was perfect.
Whilst in the store Lily spotted the trainers, her current trainers were branded, but in the back of my mind I now had that nagging feeling that I couldn’t ensure the fit was perfect and I doubted that the trainer was as well crafted and supportive as the Clarks trainers; so Lily tried a pair on – she immediately fell in love with a pair that had lights in the sole and lit up when she run!
It is now 2 weeks since we purchased Lilys trainers and boots and they are both still in absolutely perfect condition – largely I imagine due to the shoe protection spray the lady in store had recommended. The branded trainers had not lasted a few days without the leather wrinkling and scratching.
If you asked me know what my answer is to the question are Clarks shoes a necessity or a luxury my answer would be a resounding 100% necessity – Clarks will definitely be my first port of call for all Lilys everyday footwear!
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