Kickers shoes. Kicking.
I have to say, when my first child was growing, I insisted on going to a ‘proper’ shoe shop, and only buying one brand of ‘proper’ shoes. But now I’m a wise old mama of four, and I know that there are more than one type of shoemaker, and more than one brand does it ‘properly’.
And actually, what you want in a shoe is a good spacious fit, sturdy build, and something good looking enough for the children to not try and destroy them ASAP.
Kickers? They check all those boxes. I LOVE these T-bar sandals that Pink was asked to review, with their rather fabulous shiny red flower buckle. Sturdy and strong enough for everyday tough wearing, perfectly fitting – and easy for a four year old to take on and off herself.
Pink does have rather sticky-out ankle bones, which can make shoes a problem for her, with high backed versions rubbing and causing sore spots – but these have softly padded rims which has meant this wasn’t even an issue when they were brand new and not worn in.
The red flower buckle has lost some of its redness in playground scrapes, but I expect that with the Pink Hurricane inside them. But the shoes themselves are showing little wear, and they look as fab under a pair of jeans as they do with a small pair of white ankle socks under a pretty dress on a hot summers day. They’ve been used for pre-school, at the playground, trotted across fields, and skipped across the channel to France – and they’re still her favourite shoes to wear.
See the full range of Kickers shoes here on their website