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~*~Why I chose Clarks... Clarks is a high street shop which every parents must have heard and thought about when buying shoes for their children. They're everywhere and are renowned for good quality (most of the time) and assistants who fit your shoes correctly (some of the time) Now I've had mixed experience with clarks, but as the only shoe shop anywhere near us that will measure length and width of feet and fit to those measurements it's the only choice we have really. I considered other shops such as mothercare, next, asda but they never seem to fit my thin footed daughter. And when we realised she may be flat footed and her feet were turning over inwards we knew we needed her feet measured properly. ~*~Why choose doodles? Now to summer....my little princess needed something to wear while it was hot....sandals didn't give as much support as I wanted so I chose doodles. The clarks range of doodles are canvas shoes with a soft(ish) sole. Initially the assistant tried selling me some with a very soft sole, pretty but not practical when we live on a dirt track/stony bumpy road. There are a lot of doodles in the design shown in the picture above, but loads of different colours and designs to suit every child. We chose the hot pink with unicorn design (constance may) which had slightly harder soles and cost £16. ~*~Are they any good? We love them, they look girly but also practical. They fit securely and have never slipped on her feet. She has worn them without socks and has never suffered with rubbing or blisters. One of the best things is that these shoes are washable. Stick in a normal 30 degree wash, reshape whilst wet and leave to dry. Over the summer ours were washed about 5 times. They've also been used for paddling in the pool, she was able to get in and out and run around without having to keep putting shoes on and taking them off again. We also potty trained this year so being able to put shoes in the wash after an "accident" is very useful. ONE thing I will say, if you wash these a few times they will shrink slightly. after a summer of use and washing I had my daughter re-measured and she was the same size...HOWEVER the shoes did fit but only just, with no room for growth. (clarks shoes usually have half a size growing room) ~*~Any negatives? One thing I really didn't like was the fastening. You put the strap through a gap and push the catch down. When the shoes were new this is very stiff so you end up putting a lot of pressure onto your child's foot to fasten the shoe. ~*~Would I recommend? I would recommend these shoes to anyone looking for a sturdy summer shoe. Also to anyone potty training these are a fantastic shoe which is easily washed. I will definitely be buying again next year for my daughter.
What a lovely summer! Such a pity it's over - and I'm back to wearing my sensible flat ankle boots at work! During the warm months I tended to wear a lot of things like canvas shoes and various plimsolls or pumps at work (we're not permitted to have exposed toes - out of Health and Safety, not out of modesty or protecting us again toe fetishists!). As I wasn't wearing socks my feet tended to whiff a bit so the shoes went into the washing machine after a few days and needless to say they all fell apart. I tried steeping some shoes in a bucket of detergent, but they still discoloured then fell apart as well. I needed something comfortable and plain, but was robust enough to wear every day - when whack into the washing machine at the end of the week to keep clean. I have very small feet (2 1/2 to 3) so I had the bright idea to go to the Clarks shop kid's section and see if I could get something that would wear well, and live through a washing cycle. It was a bizarre experience - being nearly 40 years since I'd climbed the steps to the children's section I felt in a bit of a time warp! The place looked (and smelt) the same as I remember, but I was disappointed to see that they didn't have that cool machine with sliding blocks for measuring your feet anymore. I don't know what they use now - I was tempted to ask for a go but felt a bit silly buying kids' shoes for myself anyway so just kept quiet. The assistant was really nice - it's probably quite common for grown-ups with small feet to shop there, especially looking for something good quality and hard wearing, but has a junior price tag. I picked a pair of Clarks Doodles in plain black canvas with a Velcro strap. The style was called "Long Jump" and they were typical kids' PE plimsolls - exactly what you'd want for sports day! (I've been up for the high jump at work often - but never the long one!) They have a good thick rubber sole (which doesn't mark wooden or lino floors) and are really comfy - and they gave me a great "spring" in my step just like I was at PE (of course at school PE was my worst subject and I was always chosen last when they were picking teams). Plus - I had a proper shoe box to play with afterwards! The shoes were perfect for work, robust but light and airy, with a good strong rubber toe cap in case I dropped anything! I am up and down off my feet a lot and by the end of a busy day were still comfortable to wear without socks and only slightly whiffy! At the end of the week I put them into the washing machine and they cleaned up beautifully! They didn't shrink, the colour didn't fade, the stitching didn't rip, the sole didn't peel off and the insoles didn't disintegrate. I dried them in the sun on a window sill and was ready for business again on Monday morning. They were priced at £9.99 - approximately what I'd been paying for cheap pumps that didn't last or withstand a wash. They are not overly childish looking, and although they are not especially stylish, they are great as serviceable working wear. These shoes are like little tanks - really hard wearing and easy to wear - and a half hour cycle in the washing machine does them no harm at all. If it wasn't for the rain I'd probably wear them through the winter, but just now they are back in the drawer under the bed, all clean and ready for spring term. I'd recommend this for anyone with small feet, who is on those feet a lot, needs something practical, hard wearing and easy to clean - and wants great quality and value. They might do for children too. Thanks for reading!
Baby CrazyEgg has owned a pair of size 3 ½ Clarks Doodles since June. Her feet are actually a 2 ½ but she wears splints so needed shoes a size bigger than her feet actually are. The advice was to get cheap shoes, "Not Clarks!" because I was told the cheaper shoes would be stretchier and work more easily with the splints*. Well, once our splints arrived and were fitted I went straight out to buy some shoes. I tried the supermarkets and then a cheap shoe shop in the town, and the smallest shoe I could find anywhere was a size 4. So I ended up in Clarks after all, and while most of their shoes were too stiff and solid, they also sold the very fantastic Doodles range which turned out to be just the ticket. Need a small shoe to fit over a splint? If you are looking for a shoe to go over a splint Clarks Doodles are worth checking out. The rubber sole means they give and squish on easily when being put on, and the strap on the pair we have sits below the Velcro of the splint. Because the shoe does not rise very high the Velcro strap can be done up fully and the end tucks in down the side of the shoe. Moreover the price at £15 was quite reasonable for a really good quality pair of shoes. Appearance The Doodles we have are purple canvas with pink trim. They have pink, light blue and turquoise spots on them. The rubber soles which extend up and around the heel and the toe are also purple and have large and small raised circles over their surface to act as grippers. The buckles are silver. The lining is pink and features rows of small blue and purple hearts. We have had many compliments on Baby CrazyEgg's very cute shoes. Waterproof? No, these are canvas sandals and although the soles are watertight, puddles should be avoided. They are summer shoes by design, made for easy walking, running and jumping. However, I did ask in Clarks if they were stocked all year and they said yes. Easy to clean? Yes! The soles wipe clean if necessary, and if the rest of the shoe needs a spruce up they can go in the washing machine at 30 degrees. The label tells you that there may be some slight shrinkage and colour loss if they are washed. We have only needed to wash ours once and they came out looking fine. As per the label instructions I reshaped with tissue paper whilst damp and dried away from direct heat. Comfortable? I guess to a certain extent this depends on how well they fit. But I will say they have a lovely squidgy inside that should cushion the foot well. Feeling inside down to the toe there are no rough or uncomfortable bits with the possible exception of a seam at the side where the strap is attached to the shoe. Hardwearing? For what they are, yes. The only real sign of wear (and they have been worn every day since June) is in some of the pink trim which has pulled and gone fuzzy. However, this is because it does get caught sometimes on the Velcro of the splints so will not affect those who do not have the excitement of hypermobile ankles. Baby CrazyEgg loves her shoes but although she can put them on her feet she cannot yet fasten or unfasten them. For our purposes (she has to keep those splints on for a few hours each day) this is a great advantage. However she did get a very nasty cut on her finger when she got it trapped during one of her attempts at doing the buckle up. Even at the time I could not really work out how she did it, and overall I am very happy with the safety of the shoe. When the day finally come that Baby CrazyEgg does some growing, I will go straight for a pair of Doodles. *The splits are rigid plastic, moulded from casts of Baby CrazyEgg's foot and lower leg. They go under the foot and support the ankle, coming up to just under her knee. They strap on with Velcro.
I bought my son some doodles from Clarks for the summer this year about 3 months ago and he has had lots of wear out of them already. Last year, I bought him a more open, sandal like pair of doodles which he loved and they wore really well. This year, I opted for slightly more 'grown up' enclosed canvas doodles. What I love about Clarks is that their shoes come in size and width fittings to suit your child's feet. My son has a G width fitting, which is quite wide so I like to, where I can, buy shoes that fit this width. His doodles cost me £15 which seemed pretty reasonable when a pair of Clarks shoes for him can cost around £25-30. They are a navy blue colour with a white rubber sole and white rubber covering over the toes. They fasten with two Velcro straps over the top of the shoe. They are quite plain looking with just the word 'doodles' sewn in white down the side of the shoe. There were various other colours and styles on display - with pictures or patterns such as dinosaurs on them but I opted for a plainer look in the hope that these will go with the majority of his outfits. He has worn these now for much of the summer - apart from rainy days (as they are not waterproof) or garden play (as he has another pair of shoes specifically for this). He wears them to do a lot of walking and they have worn well - the soles are still completely in tact and they haven't scuffed or anything either - they still look in very good condition. They are easy to fasten and he is learning to do this for himself too, so they have encouraged his independence too. Once fastened, they stay fastened too - the Velcro has lasted and remains as effective as it always was. On his feet, they feel a good fit and not too tight. He seems really comfortable in them too and we have not experienced any problems with rubbing or blisters and he has never complained that they are uncomfortable. Overall, these are a lovely lightweight summer shoe that fit my son's feet well and seem comfortable to wear. They are good quality and have lasted well. I will definitely be buying him another pair next year.
I have recently bought my granddaughter a pair of these shoes. I hadn't heard of them until recently. We were visiting the Clark's shop in the look out for some new summery shoes for her and I was shown a brand of their shoes called 'Doodles'. These comprised of a variety of shoe which were all very cute. The majority of them were soft shoes with cute little patterns on. The ones which I bought my granddaughter are ever so girlie, they have little fairies on and glittery flowers. They cost me £25 which for a Clark's shoe is quite reasonable. The pair of Doodles that we have have a white sole like in this picture and then the pink fabric begins higher up than a normal shoe. This seems to protect the fabric from getting quite as grubby as it normally would. It also means that it's quite a comfortable shoe as it's well padded beneath the foot. The picture on ours is a fairy and this looks almost like a transfer. I was a bit worried that these shoes would become battered and grubby very quickly and wondered if the fairy would stay in tact. My granddaughter has had these shoes for 4 weeks now and wears them every day at the moment. They certainly do not look like new anymore but I have found that the high up sole means that the fabric part is protected somewhat and you can wipe clean this sole part. The fabric does look a bit battered now and there are some muddy parts but this is what you expect with any shoe I suppose! They are not waterproof shoes, when my little granddaughter jumped in a puddle they did become soaked through and we had to dry them off right away. The lovely thing about these shoes is that they seem very soft and flexible. There are no hard leather parts just soft fabric which cushions the foot and makes it easier for children to walk in a comfortable manner. The shoes that we have fasten with Velcro which is easy enough for my granddaughter to fasten for herself. This of course also means she can take them off by herself too and quite often she will just keep taking them off whilst in the back of the car and we have to be careful she doesn't throw them when she takes them off in a pushchair! I think these are lovely shoes. Perhaps the fabric isn't that easy to clean but at least they are very comfortable shoes for little ones to wear.
Doodle Dandy When summer time rolls around again my thoughts always go to footwear for my kids and generally Clarks is the only store I will consider when it comes to good quality footwear that is made properly and more importantly, so it protects little kids feet. Clarks stock a range which is called Doodles which are a bit more of a fun range in my opinion. These are the perfect shoes for summer as they are a bit more casual than Clarks regular shoes for small children but are still the same good quality and fit. They are mostly canvas type shoes but you can also find wellington boots in the range too. In the range you will find lots of canvas type trainers that go really well with long trousers or shorts. I like these for boys as I think they are more suited to boys that girls although they do them for both. Last year my little girl had a really cute pair of t-bar Doodles which were casual and she could wear them with summer dresses. What I like about these shoes is that they are quite light and a lot lighter than Clarks regular shoes. the Doodles also bend and move with their feet and I like that they don't have to wear socks with them if they don't want to and at the end of a long day in these shoes their feet do not smell either which is nice. You can wear socks with them if you wish though so its nice to have the option if you want to. The shoes come in so many different patterns, designs and colours so you can usually find something that will suit your little ones. Generally the trainer style ones have just solid colours so they go with anything whereas the ones with designs are a little bit more crazy. Last year my little girl had a pair of Doodles called Spotty dots which were a purple fabric with lots of different coloured dots. This year we have our eye on a cream pair with some gold patterns on it which is really cute. The best thing about these shoes however in my opinion is that they are machine washable which is such a benefit. If you have kids who like to explore when they are outside and play in sand/dirt/water you will know that their shoes get extremely dirty so to be able to throw them in the washing machine is great. I washed my little girl's shoes all the time and they always can out really well and did not loose their shape or anything. The shoes are available in whole and half sizes and different width fittings so you can always find a pair that will fit your little ones and what's more they are really well priced too. We paid £15 for my little girls pair which I think is a great price for really good quality shoes.
Clarks is a well known, trusted brand which first began in 1825. Their stores are a familiar face on our high streets and their website is easy to navigate and use. When I was younger my parents always used to buy my school shoes from Clarks and I buy my daughters shoes from here as well. I realise you can buy cheaper shoes for children but I feel that good sturdy shoes which fit my children's feet properly are important. Recently I took both of my daughters into town to get their feet measured. Sadly both of them had grown. Luckily the weather has been abit better lately so I could get away with buying them Doodles. Much cheaper for me and the brightly coloured fabric shoes look very cute. The eldest (4 years old) is an 8.5 G and the youngest (she was 1 in February) measured as 5 H. An H fitting is wide for a young child and the store didn't have any Doodles in stock so they had to order them in for me. They took my name and mobile number so once the shoes were in store I had a text message from them to say they were ready. The 1 year old has a hot pink pair of Doodles similar to the style pictured above, but they are hot pink fabric with a white trim around the edges. They have a picture of a brightly coloured unicorn on the front. They fasten with a silver buckle. They are called 'Constance May'. The sales assistant told me that these are suitable for going in the washing machine. This ensures the shoes are kept clean and in good condition. These shoes cost £16. The 4 year old chose a pair of the more 'grown up' Doodles. They are called 'Fairy Folk'. They have a cream shimmery background fabric with green and pink leaves with glittery fairies on. They fasten with 2 Velcro straps. They have a plastic toe piece on them to stop them from getting too scuffed. They have pink and green egging on the rubber sole trim. These aren't recommended for going in the washing machine. The pair we had last time did go through the washing machine survived with no damage caused. I think these cost £18. So far both of the pairs of Doodles have escaped a trip to the washing machine and both of my girls love them. Overall I would recommend Clarks Doodles to other parents. They may seem more expensive than other cheaper children's shoes on the market but they are fitted to their feet, taking into account different width sizes and half sizes. They are hard wearing yet lightweight enough for my daughters to run around happily. They are supportive and fit their feet well. Great bonus is that they can go in the washing machine as it keeps them looking clean and fresh. Thanks for reading.
A friend once told me that if there is one item of clothing I should try to ensure I invesedt money in for my little girl it should be her shoes. She beleived that little girls in particular will probably go on to wear ill fitting 'cheap' shoes later in life (we have all done it) so in order to look after their feet while there young it is probably worth spending that bit extra. I think I probably shrugged this advice off at the time but as a bearer of 'funny feet' myself in my early 30s I have now become determined to do my upmost to prevent my little girl from suffering the same. I always buy clarks shoes for my little girl and ensure that they are properly fitted and measured. This can sometimes be costly I think I payed £35 for a pair of ankle boots late last year which she probably wore for about 12 weeks but in my opinion it is worth every penny. Clarks doodles are great as they are a slightly cheaper option for the summer but still fit brilliantly as you would expect any Clarks shoe. My daughter had these last year and I was so impressed I have recently bought her a pair to wear in this warmer weather, Doodles are canvas shoes but still come in the clarks range of sizes in the different width fittings. This means they fit better than the standard canvas options available elsewhere, They come in a range of styles from sandals to velcro or buckle/clip fastening versions. I normally buy the velcro options as the ones with the buckle fastenng seem to come up a bit tighter over her instep. The sole on these doodles are extremley hard wearing made of thick rubber with a good grip to them. As they are made of canvas they are much lighter on my daughters feet and do not make my daughters feet sweat as much as her trainers. This makes them a much better shoe option for the summer. They come in a range of colours and patterns so there is lots of choice and the range is updated frequently so my daughter has been able to choose a different pair everytime. Her most recent pair are made of blue denim like material. They have pink stars and sequins on them so are still quite pretty and girly When I first bought a pair last year I was a little concerned that they would get dirty easily however the shop assistant advised that customers tend to pop them in the washing machine to freshen them up so I decided to give it a try. I washed them on a 30 degree wash and it really cleaned them up nicely and have since done this several times. Even after extensive wear her previous pairs have remained in brilliant condition and I have gone on to sell them second hand on ebay. Clarks doodles normally retail for around £18 - £20. I am really lucky to have an outlet store nearby which sells them for £10. The only real disadvantage is that they aren't good on those wet summer days we have tended to have a lot of in recent years. I will continue to buy these for many summers to come and I am giving them 5 stars.
I have recently bought my daughter her first set of doodles. My son had several pairs and i truly forgot how great they are. Given british weather is very unpredictable buying sandals in May is not a fab idea when your child is so young their feet are growing quickly so they generally have the one pair of shoes at a time. Yet boots and heavy shoes are too hot for their little feet when it is sunny. So we have a compromise - The doodle. There are two sorts of doodles Clarks sell. The first the one pictured with a t-bar buckle fasten and the other is like a pump/trainer which is a fuller shoe and fastens with two velcro strips. I shall be reviewing the t bar one. The doodle has a soft flexible sole so is good at any age. The top of the shoe is canvas with a picture on the front. The picture is gender specific and like on this pair is a rainbow with fire flys and hearts on. They are attractive to little eyes. From where the tbar is around the sides and back of the foot is a soft cushioned band wider than the actual shoe to provide a good secure fit and prevent slipping and grip the shoe to the childs foot. The buckle on the shoe is a good stiff one so the shoes stay as tight as you put them. The doodles come in half and full sizes in all widths. Although i was advised you sometimes have to go up a size with doodles. Even inside the shoe is attractive with some sort of print (pink and white gingham in this case. The shoes are great as they will go with shorts, dresses, jeans trousers, anything really and they are really light on their feet. The doodle as with all canvas shoes they can get grubby in which case they can be machine washed in a pillow case at 40 degrees. These cost me £15 for the pair at full price and as far as i know they are all about this price but i think the other style with velcro fastening are nearer £18 from memory but are still considerably cheaper than usual shoes or sandles which are mostly between 26 and £30.
As the warmer weather approaches, I always start to think about what summer sandals to get my daughter. For the last two summers we have invested in a pair of Doodles from Clarks and they have always impressed me enough to return for more the following year. Being three years old is quite an important age, and most little girls know what they like and what they absolutely refuse to wear. For this reason I always take my daughter with me to make the final choice in design. We happily browsed the selection of this year's Doodles a couple of weeks ago when we went in to get feet measured. The designs on the Doodles this season vary quite a lot from looking quite babyish through to very grown up designs. Despite this, there are enough designs to suit most children however independent or fussy they are about what they wear. We settled on a lovely pair with hearts and stars emblazoned on them, I was a slightly worried that there was so much white in our pair but I do know they go through the washing machine well enough so I didn't discount them because of their colour. Doodles are famously known for their canvas materials, although there are designs now that contain more rubber as well as the canvas. Personally we try to stick to the canvas designs as they allow the child's feet to breathe better in the hot weather, at the same time as not showing too much bare skin to the sun. They are set apart from being a sandal because they are more flexible than leather upper shoes. All of the range has sensible fastenings for children's feet. I love flip flops and pretty slip on sandals, but they aren't practical for running about and playing in. I always worry that accidents will happen due to the design of the shoes. I don't worry about this with Doodles. Price is always a big factor when buying shoes, but thankfully the Doodles range are well priced compared to competitors. A pair of Doodles are around the £15 mark, which when you compare to the prices you'll find in shops such as Marks and Spencer's and Next, then the price isn't too high at all. As mentioned with the after care of putting through the washing machine, I have always found that no matter how dirty our Doodles get, they come up looking almost like new when put through the wash. I haven't ever found the colours to fade or run by doing this. You can't do that with a pair of shoes can you. Overall I am happy to return to the same brand each summer as long as the quality stays as it has been so far. It also means that I just have to buy a pair of beach shoes that are suitable for the salt water. As good as Doodles are I wouldn't put them to the test of the great British salty sea.
Last year my daughter had been walking a few months when summer hit andI had to think about what summer shoes to buy her. I popped into my local branch of Clarks and all the regular shoes seemed too heavy, too clumpy and too expensive! But then I spotted a whole range of shoes on a stand by the walls and discovered the appeal of Doodles! Doodles come in a whole range of styles and colours, suitable for both boys and girls. They are made from canvas or similar light materials and have a flexible but sturdy rubber sole. They come in all sorts of varieties including open toe sandals, closed toe sandals, traditional shoes, and options with velcro, ribtape or clasp fastenings. I bought my daughter two pairs last year. The first were a girlie version of the ones in the picture, except they were denim with pink stars on them. I was not convinced I liked the design, but my daughter adored them and they went with everything. I have to say that despite being made from canvas, these shoes were surprising hard-wearing and still look really good. They would certainly withstand the wear of another child if I decide to have one. I had assumed that because they were canvas in origin that they would lack support and be better for occassional use but I was wrong. The ankle area had padded support and my daughter never toppled over in these despite being a relatively new walker. She wore them without socks and never had any blisters or anything. They really were brilliant, despite me not really liking the cutesy design. Added to these I bought my daughter a pair of sandals from the range and these look like walking or trekking sandals, are open toed and fastened with two velcro strips. They were super lightweight in design, lighter than the other pair, and had little cupcakes on the velcro strips. At first my little girl was unsure of these asher foot was not enclosed like she was used to, but within a week or so her curiosity took over and from then on she lived in them. Again being fairly plain these went with all her dresses and trousers and looked really good. In fact we liked them so much that we headed back this year and bought this year's version! Instead of cupcakes the sandals have little stars and I prefer this as I'm not really into babyish designs. My daughter is now two and as soon as she tried these on she was running around the shop in them and refusing to take them off. When I prised them off her feet to pay for them she had an allmighty tantrum, resulting in me giving in and letting her wear them home! I anticipate that these will be her favourite (and cheapest) shoes this summer as she is already insisiting on wearing them. The Doodles cost around £15 a pair which is around half the price of a regular pair of Clarks shoes. Despite them being more generic, and less fitted with no width fittings, they all seem to have fairly adjustable fastenings so they can be tightened or loosened if necessary. My little monster has narrow feet and they fit her fine regardless. There are no real downsides to these shoes. Yes they get filthy but luckily they come up good as new when machine washed on a low temperature. I am not always a fan of Clarks shoes and often buy from independent retailers instead, however I cannot fault Doodles as a cost effective, lightweight and easy to wear summer shoe. My daughter can get them on and off by herself and as an independent little madam, I think that is part of the appeal for her. They are a bargain at the high street price, but if you are lucky enough to have a discount/outlet village near you, they can be picked up for as little as £6 a pair. Now there's value!
At the start of every Summer I head off to Clarks and buy my kids a pair of Doodles each. They are a staple part of their Summer wardrobe. Doodles are a range of kids shoes sold by only by Clarks. They come in lots of different styles, i.e. sandals, pumps, buckle fastening, velcro fastening etc. The main similarity is that they are lighter and softer than your standard Clarks shoes as they are made from canvas rather than leather. Doodles come in a massive range of colours, beautiful pinks, blues, whites and purples for the girls and funky tans, greens and blues for the boys. The soles are made from a sturdy but flexible rubber. My girls love wearing their Doodles. They've never given them blisters - even when new. They are also designed so that young children can put them on and take them off by themselves with ease (my daughters were able to put them on themselves from the age of 2) The Doodles are surprisingly hard wearing. My elder daughter has passed 2 pairs of her Doodles on to her younger sister and despite being on their 2nd owner they show little sign of wear on the bottom of the sole, or indents on the top of the sole where your child's feet go. One of the main things I love about Doodles is that the majority of them are machine washable at 40. So no matter how scruffy they get, after a quick blast in the machine they look like new again. One downside is that due to the material, these are not good for wet days - you child's feet would quickly become wet as any water would soak through the canvas. A lot of the Doodles are really pretty, so if you've got a little girl you will be spoilt for choice. I can't comment too much on the boys range as I'll be buying my son his first pair this Summer! Doodles retail at around the £10 mark, so considerably cheaper than the normal Clarks shoes. If you are lucky enough to live near a Clarks Outlet, you can buy Doodles even cheaper - around the £6 - £7 mark, at which price they are a real bargain.
I first came accross these shoes when my daughter was about 1 1/2 years old. She could walk and needed some summer shoes. I was going to purchase sandals but wanted something else that would cover her feet but look summery without being too hot. Clarks Doodles are a cute canvas shoe that tick all these boxes. There are a range of Doodles in styles designed for toddlers (such as in the picture) to baseball boot styles aimed at slightly older children. Prices start at about £17 and vary depending on style and size. The shoes are brightly coloured and have fantastic pictures on them. The smaller ones do up with a buckle which is easy to operate. They are a lightweight shoe made of a breathable fabric - perfect for the hotter months. The big bonus for me was that when I first started buying them the instructions said they could be washed in the washing machine - fantastic I thought as my daughter is bound to get them dirty. I followed these instructions and yes they came out clean, however I felt they shrunk slightly. The next year when I bought a pair this instruction label had disappeared and when asking an assistant I was told to hand wash them and stuff with tissue paper afterward to prevent shrinkage. I did this and it worked much better. For the price I think these are great summer shoes for young children. They look funky, are properly fitted and can be cleaned!
Clarks doodles have been brilliant! I've only just managed to convince my son that the weather is too wet and he needs to be wearing wellies! We bought a pair of these in June for my son to wear on holiday and he adored them. The ones we bought had a cute boat design on them and were so easy to get on and off. They're a really good price too. We paid £19 which was half what we paid for his previous leather pair of shoes. They're nicely cushioned inside and have plenty of room around the toes. My son's feet tend to get quite hot in leather shoes but these have been fab. The canvas material lets his feet breath whilst still looking smart and protecting his foot. The soles have barely worn and he's been wearing them for around 3 months. They come in the same sizes as the normal Clarks shoes and in different widths too, which is important for us. This has meant he's been able to wear them for quite a long time without getting too umcomfortable. And as they're Clarks, you know that they've been designed especially for little feet.
I decided that Clarks would be the best option for my sons shoes when he was born and we discovered that he had a foot abnormality. During the summer of this year I was looking for a pair of shoes that weren't leather and suitable for the hot summer we were experiencing. On arrival at my local Clarks store there was a stand with a type of shoe called 'Doodles'. The bright designs caught the attention of my son. On closer inspection I found that the canvas shoe had a rubber sole that was plenty sturdy to support the foot without making them too hot. The canvas part looked like a sort of denim blue and on the right foot was a shark and the left a fish. They were velcro which was a major factor in what I was looking for because of his problem. The other good thing about the doodles was they also came in half sizes. At half the price of the leather shoes for £15 and reduced further to just £8 they were a brilliant buy. These shoes have been much better than any other Clarks shoes I have purchased. Because they are canvas they stretch when the foot grows meaning that it isn't necessary to run out and buy yet another pair of shoes when they start to get a little on the small side. Just last week my son required another pair of shoes and we went with the Doodles that have red sailing boats on them. We were also able to buy the shoes as part of the odd shoe scheme and in half sizes and so my son is able to have proper fitting shoes for a decent price. These shoes do great with walking. My 2 year old has walked in them a lot and they still retained their shape and the sole didn't wear down as much as you would think. All in all these shoes are a brilliant buy and I'm glad that day that I managed to get them as it's something I will keep him in for a long time.
Canvas shoes for kids with buckle fastenings!