Little T’s Review of her new Clarks Trainers

We’ve been in the hunt for new trainers for little T, especially since she’s started her gymnastics class last year. Sadly, we haven’t had the time to shop for them, especially since we live in a little village by the sea.  Beautiful yes, but to get proper trainers for your little ones, you invariably have to drive at least about 30 minutes to get to the nearest shoe shop. While we do a lot of online shopping,  however, when it comes to shoes, it’s really best to get your child’s feet properly measured (instead of second-guessing like we normally do for other clothing).

Last week, little T and I chose some Clarks trainers online and ordered them to be delivered to the nearest store, which was in Bodmin, about a 45 minute drive from where we live.  The lovely woman whom I spoke to on the phone, advised us to order more than one pair and different sizes to make sure that we don’t end up leaving Clarks empty-handed. Within a few days, I received a text message and email from Clarks, informing me that our order has arrived, which was perfect timing because it was little T’s half-term break.

And so we arrived at the  shop with a happy little T, excited to get her feet all measured up.  We were really struck with how high-tech it was.  Last time we got her measured at their Exeter branch, they  used the old-fashioned slider-measuring gauge.  This time though, they had a tablet and even made little T click on her information like her age and sex before sliding the tablet in what looked like a weighing scale, as seen below.

We were all impressed with their new gadget and, of course, the friendly and professional customer service at the Clarks shop, Bodmin Branch.

Then they took out the shoes we ordered, but sadly the ones little T selected online (black with a flash of pink) didn’t come in her size.  They were too big for her!  I’m glad we managed to order another back-up pair, with a different colour – pink.

She didn’t seem to mind at all that these were pink – and I mean very, very pink – not black. Will she always be this easy to please?  I’m afraid not, but she was absolutely loving her new screaming pink trainers as if they were her first choice!

At first, I wasn’t really impressed with her them, or perhaps I was just too distracted with how pink they looked and the fact that it actually lights-up once she stomped her little feet.  But upon closer inspection, they looked like really proper trainers, or as the Cornish would say “It’s a proper job!”

Of course, this isn’t little T’s first Clark shoes.  We’ve bought her winter boots, wellies and other kinds of shoes with Clarks before, not to mention my own pairs of shoes from the same brand 😉

And here’s little T wearing her new trainers to her gymnastics class.

I have no idea why she’s standing like that, and please pretend you can’t see the yogurt stain on her leotard, which she had before this photo was taken.

The verdict:  I love my new trainers mummy!  I never want to take them off ever again!  Can I wear them to school please?

She actually wanted to sleep with them.  We managed to convince her to leave them on the floor.  And as I’m typing this, she is actually wearing them at home.  After all, who says trainers have to be boring?  They can be pink, flashy and sparkly especially when you’re a four-year-old like little T, don’t you agree?  So if you’re looking for trainers for your kids, you now know where to get them!  After all, they are a traditional British shoe shop, you can never go wrong with that right?

Do you have a favourite brand of trainers for little ones?  Do share.

Disclaimer:  This is a collaboration with Clarks, however, all photos and opinions are by yours truly.


  1. Emma T (@ETusty)

    I need to get N his first pair of trainers, because I’m thinking of signing him up to mini tennis at Easter and he can’t do that in his normal shoes. At nursery he does his football session in his normal shoes, but now he’s a bit older, trainers might be more sensible.

    I’m with you on the all over pink, but as you say, little girls really should be able to have them at least once in their lives #triedtested

    • Oh I also love the trainers for little boys at Clarks, then again I’m sure you already know that 😉 As for the pink, all the while my husband and I thought that she was over it. She’s into “Elsa blue” right now, but was so mesmerised with the pink trainers. She’s been wearing them non-stop since yesterday when we first got them 🙂

  2. FromMummytoMum

    I go to soccer sports for our trainers, just for cost with the amount my little one goes through them, but for school shoes, wellies and general shoes for Harry we always go to clarks!
    I love little T’s trainers!! Very pretty!

    • That is a great move actually, especially when you have more than one 😉 We got little T inexpensive plimsolls for her school P.E. Their school requires them to leave their P.E. kit behind. Now she wants to use her new ones!

  3. Kate Fever (@FamilyFever)

    I love Clarks. We have tried a few other brands before but they never fit as well or last as long and we always go back to Clarks. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  4. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I love Clarks shoes! My sister and I have several pairs of sandals by them! I had to laugh that you would have to drive thirty whole minutes! It takes me that long to make it to town, twice that to make it across town! Lol.

    • It’s actually 45 minutes! 😉 It may seem not much, but it is to us. Hahaha. I know. It’s funny because I used to live in Manila where it’s overpopulated and huge. And 45 minutes is nothing! But since moving down here where there’s hardly any traffic, except of course if you get stuck behind a tractor or sheep crossing 😉

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  6. I think I’d struggle with how pink they are! What I don’t understand is why Clarks insist on everything being pink! I’m glad you’re pleased with them
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x

    • I know what you mean, I struggled with the colour to at the beginning. But it’s actually not all pink, there’s also some purple on it 😉

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