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Epensive brand names versus discount department stores?

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#1 Pocahontas

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

It's that time of year again when we're off to buy new school shoes.  I'm wondering what others think of the benefits of expensive brand name shoes sold through specialist kids shoes versus the ones you can by in your normal chain department stores.  

Last your was DS1s FYOS and we bought two pairs of brand name shoes which were properly fitted but very expensive (about 4 times the price of chain store shoes). Do you think it's worth spending the extra money?  What do you plan to do?

#2 mitty82

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:10 PM

I had a post about this the other week. We go to Williams. We have a few different ones here that sell all the same shoes but williams here where I live have the best customer service so I continually go back. I find the shoes last longer!!

#3 melandned

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

clarks - i tried the cheaper ones and they fell apart pretty much within 2 weeks

#4 BlueEyedBeauties

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

I believe its VERY important to have your kids in shoes that are fitted correctly and are comfortable.

Their bones are still growing and are easily disformed if not fitted correctly.

Yes, its easy to pick up a pair of $6 shoes from Kmart (and unfortunately this is all some can afford), but if you can afford the properly fitted shoes, then to me its a no brainer.

It will save a lot of issue further down the line.

We have Clarks for academic shoe and New Balance for sports

#5 LittleMissPink

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

Payless shoes. I buy 2 pairs of shoes ( 1 school and one joggers) in the 2nd pair half price sale in Jan. Usually need another pair mid way through year but my girl is hard on her shoes.

#6 BVB09

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:25 PM

I just purchased DS first school shoes today. We bought them from WILLIAMS where they were properly fitted !

It was a decision between CLARKS & LYNX. We ended up going with the LYNX as it had the added benefits of extra inserts to be taken out as the foot grows. Shoes that can be worn all year round, looks like a sports jogger.

So, the answer to your question is that YES, we do spend the extra money on school shoes.

It also depends on what you can afford.

#7 Isolabella

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

We go to a specialist kids shoe store.

Previous year DS1 had Clarkes shoes. Last year he had a different EU brand.

Shoes last for the year.

#8 gina70

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:30 PM

Athletes Foot.  dd will be wearing them 9 hours a day, 5 days a week.  I want the best.  I believe it is very important to take care of your feet.

#9 vertical

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

For me it depends on the child, we tried more expensive properly fitted shoes last year for my 3 boys.
Two of them got all year the other(he has always been hard on shoes) barely got half way, he is quite sporty and plays a lot of soccer during lunch time though.
This year I'll get 2 of them the more expensive shoes and the other some cheapies that I'll replace each term, I saw some black joggers last week for $8. I don't mind forking out that each term, but wouldn't buy the dear ones 4 times a year for him.

#10 studiobird

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

I am going to try Target shoes this year.  I have spent so much money on shoes for my DD, but they have never lasted the distance - worn out before grown out...  

if I am going to have to spend money on shoes over and over again, I'll go for the cheaper one.

However, the Kmart ones fell apart in 2 weeks, so will not use them again...  the Target ones look like they are pretty much the same as what I bought last year elsewhere.

#11 KayDan0707

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:50 PM

This is the 3rd year that I've bought school shoes from Athlete's Foot.  I think the school shoe brand is Ascent and the joggers are New Balance.  I bought a pair of school shoes each for my two sons and one pair of New Balance joggers for DS1 - about $270 all up.  They last out the school year unless there has been a major growth spurt.

When I was growing up, my mother could only buy the cheapest shoes (single mother of 4 children).  I vividly remember my feet/heels being constantly covered in blisters and as an adult I have the ugliest feet ever!  I so don't want that for my boys if I can avoid it.

#12 KayDan0707

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

Double post.

Edited by KayDan0707, 07 January 2013 - 05:54 PM.

#13 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:05 PM


Edited by sparkler, 20 January 2013 - 11:37 PM.

#14 .Jerry.

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:20 PM

I've always bought Lynx.  Molly has a very narrow foot and unless you find special fittings, Clarke's don't fit well.
Unfortunately the Lynx shoes always scuff very badly immediately and the stitching falls apart on the strap.  (Mary Jane style)  I did notice this year that they have an extra row or two of stitching, so they listened to my complaints.  wink.gif   The shoes seem comfy and soft.

However this year I have bought a cheap pair of shoes from a chain store and I will see how they go.  I will buy her good running shoes for sports though.

Some of the Ecco shoes look great, but I don't think Clarke's is what it used to be.

#15 FeralCrazyMum

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

Last year was FYOS for DS and we spent $60 on a pair of leather Lynx shoes. They originally had an insert in them, that came out half way through the year when the shoes got a little tight. Shoes gave out about a month before year end but he just wore his normal black joggers for rest of year.

I don't spend a lot of money on shoes for him normally, but normally he doesn't wear shoes all day. When he's got to wear them for 6-8 hours a day, I think it's worthwhile to spend the extra $$.

#16 Holidayromp

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:26 PM

I buy school shoes from RM Williams and they are awesome - the kids grow out of them before the shoes wear out.  I will NEVER EVER buy cheap crap because I don't want the expense of replacing crappy shoes every few months.  I have done that once for sh*ts and giggles and will never make the mistake again.

#17 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

QUOTE (gina70 @ 07/01/2013, 03:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Athletes Foot.  dd will be wearing them 9 hours a day, 5 days a week.  I want the best.  I believe it is very important to take care of your feet.

I got two pairs there on Saturday - leather school shoes and Asics trainers.  $210 for both.  I don't like paying that much, but in the scheme of things, we can afford it.  

Considering we spend $45 on a quick McDonalds meal the other day - 2 Mcdonalds meals vs 1 pair of shoes?  I think the shoes are better value. original.gif

#18 Just a marshmallow

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

I buy the Aldi shoes for DD2.  She is lucky to get one term out of her school shoes and I refuse to pay $60+ four times a year.

ANd they have lasted longer than her more expensive shoes.  Just my kids, I suppose.

#19 i-candi

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

QUOTE (Holidayromp @ 07/01/2013, 07:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I buy school shoes from RM Williams and they are awesome - the kids grow out of them before the shoes wear out.  I will NEVER EVER buy cheap crap because I don't want the expense of replacing crappy shoes every few months.  I have done that once for sh*ts and giggles and will never make the mistake again.

Thanks for reminding me about RM Williams! Last year I saw them after I bought DS Ascent. I'm happy to pay big dollars for shoes as they wear them 4 days a week! DS has terrible feet.

From memory you can get RM Williams shoes resoled.

#20 newphase

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

I usually buy Clarks or Airflex. DD, 13, is in the same pair this year...her 3rd year in them and going strong! Lucky her feet have stopped growing it seems (an 11 yr old with 9.5 shoes I am glad they have).
DS I use to buy Clarks when he needed proper academic black type shoes (they lasted well, but DS was in sports atire twice a week so they were saved a bit), now he just needs runners and it does not matter what $$$ I pay on them, the brand or anything they die the same...so hard on the soles!! Will try another name brand this year from Athletes foot as PP have mentioned and see if they last! I start with what I think are a better pair, but when they die after 2-3 months I replace with whatever $$ I have spare so have been Rivers and a Target pair...lasted the same! unsure.gif

#21 cinderellainsydney

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:56 PM

I purchased Start rite and they were just over $110. And she has sneakers for sport. I figured that she will be wearing them 7 hours a day, so comfort is what we should look out for. We tried on other less expensive shoes, but they weren't right. Ideally price should be a secondary motivator.

#22 mumofruby

Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:15 PM

I have always bought Clarkes from Shoes and Soxs so can not comment on the other shoes. I have found that they last at least a year. With the discount of 20% they work out to be around $80 which I do not think is bad for a years worth

#23 Heffalump

Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:23 PM

DD has Clarks for everyday school wear at the moment (she went up a size in Term 4 and I'm praying that they'll last her through at least Term 1 of this year).  We bought sneakers from Betts at the same time and they've lasted well even though she's been really rough on them.  So anticipating that she'll be due a new pair for Term 1 we'll do that again - they've been heaps better than Nike or New Balance which are what she previously had.  DD has odd sized feet (one is 1/2 a size larger than the other) so she reallyneeds to be kitted out with well fitting shoes.

#24 Velouria

Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

Target are TERRIBLE. I took DS's shoes back three times before I gave up one year.

#25 Therese

Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

We normally buy from Williams and get  Lynx brand.

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