Reviewing the AW13 collection at Clarks

Children seem to grow out of their shoes faster than anything else. I am always careful with buying children’s shoes as I do know that wearing the wrong shoes can cause problems in later life.

I rely totally on Clarks for my children’s footwear. They have a lovely range and the prices though seemingly more expensive than other shoe brands, are well worth it because of their quality.

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I was thus very happy to be able to review the Clarks experience and was sent a £40 voucher to do so. The Autumn- Winter collection that I had seen online was lovely and I was looking forward to taking Jadyn and getting her a pair of boots for the season.

I had booked an appointment – which you can do in advance online or by calling Customer Care to save you the wait at the store. Otherwise of course, there is the option of going into the store and taking a ticket to be seen by a Clark’s specially trained fitter.

When I arrived at the store, I had a trained fitter to help me out. We got Jadyn measured and chose a few designs we liked to try on. However as she is a size 3 (neither here nor there) there was nothing available in store.

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We were a little disappointed with the range for Junior size 3 both in store and online. There are some lovely boots available but all ran up to a size 2 ½. I do hope Clarks extends this range to a junior size 3. I suppose that Jadyn could try getting an adult size 3 but she was quite taken with a few designs for children but they were not available in her size.

The staff then ordered a range of shoes in for me to come back the following Saturday and try, with Jadyn. They also booked me an appointment so I would not have to wait.

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I then had Ethan’s and Aeryn’s shoes measured and though Ethan’s shoe size was the same (phew!) Aeryn had gone up (almost overnight) a whole size. So we set about looking at shoes for her. I love the Clarks selection for little ones. They are colourful, trendy and so well made.

 

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There was a whole range of shoes in her size and I liked this Crazy Cake one but my favourite was this style Alana Fay in raspberry leather. They come up to the ankle and are great for winter too. The leather is soft and great for a little 2 year old. It is not a bright red colour but at the same time bright enough to bring a splash of colour to any outfit. The print around the ankle and the little butterfly detail makes it a very pretty shoe.

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Since they had this in Aeryn’s size, we picked it up. As the cost of the shoe was £32, I was given a voucher for the £8 difference to spend in store on my next visit.

All in all, the Clarks staff was excellent – they took time with the children and were very patient and tried their best to get us the perfect shoe giving us advice on why some fit better than others.

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I did go back the following Saturday for Jadyn’s boots but she wanted high boots in a brown colour which was not available. She was after this one the Snuggle Wall Junior but they were only available up to a size 2 ½.

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I have seen some new pairs online now and they also happen to be on sale so I will be ordering them into the store so she can try them on.

I enjoy taking my children to Clarks to get their shoes. There are also sales on from time to time where you can pick up great bargains. I once purchased a lovely trainer which was normally £38 at just £12.

I would recommend Clarks to any parents wanting to get children’s shoes. . I really wouldn’t trust my little ones to walk in anything else.

Disclaimer: I was sent a £40 voucher to spend instore. This is no way influenced my decision of what to buy or how to write my post.

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