This has to be one of THE most debated parenting topics in our family! Are Clarks Children’s Shoes a luxury or a necessity? I teamed up with Clarks Kids to review them & find out.
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’ and my husband agreed. My mum on the other hand has always been a staunch supporter of Clarks – I have excitedly showed her many a new pair of Miss H’s shoes that we thought looked pretty only for her to tut “they’re not from Clarks kids, that baby needs proper shoes!”. My mum is convinced that because her parents couldn’t afford expensive kids shoes it made her hammer toes and made them worse; she 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, maybe mum was right, maybe Clarks are worth the extra cost after all!
That same week, I was offered a collaboration with Clarks. We went along to the Clarks store to get Lily’s feet measured and choose some boots. I had not bought shoes from Clarks Kids before so I didn’t realise how much care they took; ensuring the children left with the right fit for their feet. The lady checked the fit in length and breadth and got my daughter walking up and down the store to ensure the fit was perfect.
The boots have a beautiful rabbit design on them which Lily loves!
Whilst in the store Lily spotted the trainers. Her current trainers were from the high street and now I had seen the effort the lady went to in order to make sure Lily’s boots fitted properly I started to question whether the high street trainers were good enough. We bought the trainers too!
It is now 2 weeks since we purchased Lily’s trainers and boots and they are both still in absolutely perfect condition; largely due to the shoe protection spray that the lady in the store had recommended. The branded trainers had not lasted a few days without the leather wrinkling and scratching.
UPDATE: Since this review, we have stayed loyal to Clarks for 90% of Lily’s footwear. We got the first pair of shoes free in exchange for this review but have happily purchased from Clarks over and over again since as we feel their service & fit is well worth it.
Disclaimer: I was given these Free to review; in no way has this affected my view of the product.