Supermarket or Clarks school shoesI was planning to wait until the last week of August to buy BB’s school shoes in order to get the most out of them, but last week the woman in Clarks sagely warned me that this would be a Big Mistake.

Apparently the last week in August is ‘absolute chaos’ and I’ll have a ‘meltdown’ – those were her actual words. She’s been measuring BB’s feet for almost three years now and being in her early 60s she looks like she’s got several back-to-school seasons under her belt, so I’ll take her word for it.

I had no idea school shoes are so expensive! At Clarks you’re looking at £30 or more per pair, and given that BB’s feet have shot up from a size eight to nine and a half in the last month this could become a pricey business.

Still reeling from the price tag I muttered something about ‘coming back later’ and we headed to Tesco before going home, where, among the loo roll and bin bags, a back-to-school aisle has appeared with, you guessed it, shoes. And they’re half the price of Clarks.

The question is: why are they half the price? Because Tesco is taking over the world and can produce so many they can afford to sell them so cheaply, or because they are actually half as good as the shoe shop ones? Supermarket or Clarks school shoes: what’s the difference?

On closer inspection both have a rubber sole, Velcro straps and are ‘scuff resistant’. But supermarket shoes don’t come in widths and I’ve got this (completely unfounded) notion they’ll be ‘bad’ for BB’s feet.

We’re going to be part bussing and part walking the afternoon school run, so I don’t want shoes that are going to harm her feet in any way – she is actually going to be walking in them and not just dropped off and picked up from the school gate.

But if her feet shoot up another size and half before the end of term the thought of shelling out another £30 is a bit much. So at £14 a pair we’ve opted for the supermarket shoes.

Whether they’ll last as long as Clarks ones remains to be seen, but at the rate she’s growing we may never know, in which case it’ll be neither here nor there.


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  1. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy 12th August 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

    I tend to get our school shoes about halfway through the holidays to avoid that mad rush in fact we bought ours this week. I don’t think a few weeks makes such a huge difference especially when Clarks allow for growth when measuring them. I have to say that I once tried supermarket shoes one year to save pennies but unfortunately the quality wasn’t up to scratch and they didn’t even survive until October half term. I found that you do get what you pay for plus of course when you get them measured in Clarks, you know they are the best possible fit. Hope you get on better!

    • crummymummy1
      crummymummy1 12th August 2015 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Oh no – it sounds like I may learn from making a mistake – lasting until October half term really isn’t that long! We’ve always bought Clarks until now, but I’ve never spent upwards of £30…sounds like I might just have to grin and bear it. Thanks for the advice x

  2. Nige Higgins 22nd August 2015 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    We have just got the girls Claris to start nursery hopefully they will last longer great post x

    • crummymummy1
      crummymummy1 22nd August 2015 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      I will update on how long the Tesco ones last – we’ve always had Clarks up until now…

  3. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap) 22nd August 2015 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Interesting question. I must admit I would try both but probably stick with Clarks at first. They are just so expensive though considering they are so small and last 5 minutes!!! x #justanotherlinky

    • crummymummy1
      crummymummy1 22nd August 2015 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      I couldn’t believe the Clarks prices!! But you know what they say – buy cheap buy twice…time will tell!

  4. Something Crunchy Mummy 24th August 2015 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    I ask myself th same thing. I have always gone to Claris but since Finley goes through so many we have opted for Next shoes as they seem to fit well. I think when they get to school age as long as their comfy for the child I don’t think they feet will be harmed – I hope. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • crummymummy1
      crummymummy1 24th August 2015 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tried Next for shoes before – it wouldn’t have occurred to me to go there! I do like their kids clothes though so will have a look – thanks for the tip!

  5. BloggerMummyLauren 24th August 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    I think waiting until later in the holidays is a good idea, there is nothing worse than spending money on shoes and finding they are too small a month later when it’s time to wear them!
    The rice of clarks shoes is a little mind blowing! Last year my son got shoes from asda, I think we paid £12 and they lasted the whole year! We’ve got ours from Asda and Tesco this year, time will tell if they last this time x

    • crummymummy1
      crummymummy1 24th August 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Glad to hear your supermarket ones lasted so long – hope ours do! Will def have a look at Asda’sx

  6. Beth 28th August 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I am going shopping for school shoes for my youngest daughter tomorrow. I am in two minds of getting from Matalan or Clarks! But I think I may go for Matalan!

    Thank you for linking up with #justanotherlinky

    • crummymummy1
      crummymummy1 28th August 2015 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      I was in M&S today trying to get plimsolls – it was bedlam, even the staff were snappy – rather you than me, good luck!

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