Monday, 18 August 2014

Daisy's First School Shoes

In September Daisy starts school for the very first time.

We already had tears (mine, naturally) on her last day at nursery, and I just know that there will be more on the momentous occasion that is her first day at school.

The school uniform has been bought, as has the book bag and the PE bag, and on Saturday we headed off to our local Clarks to buy her very first pair of school shoes. Spirits were running very high before we left the house. After all, you only get to buy your first school shoes once; you've got to make the right choice!

Me on my first day at school in 1984 wearing Clarks shoes

I always knew I'd buy Daisy's first school shoes from Clarks. Her first walkers came from there, her first winter boots, and almost every pair ever since have too. Even MY first school shoes came from Clarks, over thirty years ago! Clarks are, without doubt, my most favourite children's shoe store.

Having been warned about just how busy Clarks stores can get towards the end of the summer holidays, we pre-booked an appointment. I didn't actually know you could do this until someone mentioned it on Twitter and I will most definitely use this service again (they even send you a text message to remind you of the date and time which is great when you're a bit scatty like me!).

I promised Daisy that she could choose her own school shoes. She has pretty good taste so I wasn't worried about her going for anything inappropriate (not that Clarks would sell anything inappropriate of course!). This made the whole event even more exciting and made Daisy feel super grown up.

After having her feet measured using Clarks' clever new iPad foot gauge, our sales assistant brought out a selection of shoes that were available in her size. I really like how Clarks do this. Of course you're still free to browse their displays for something you like, but it's nice to know exactly what's in stock too.

Shoes c/o Clarks

Daisy chose a pair of shoes that I genuinely would have chosen for myself; a pair of Dance Step Junior's in black leather with patent toes and velcro straps so that she can easily do them up and take them off without any help.

We also bought a pair of Cross Dart Junior trainers for PE (they're hot pink and turquoise and were, of course, handpicked by Daisy) and a pair of Ella Sweet First t-bars in patent black for Evie, who's feet had grown a whole size and a half since we'd last visited the store just two months ago!

Arms laden with shopping bags, we set off for home, where Daisy proceeded to try her school uniform on in it's entirety, complete now with shoes. Of course whenever I try and take photos of Evie for kids style posts she never co-operates but on this occasion she insisted on photobombing every picture of Daisy!

Cute though, eh?

This year, Clarks have partnered with classic publishers Ladybird to create a bespoke memory book called 'Let's Start School' which comes free with your child’s first school shoes. The book enables you and your child to document their excitement about starting school - and to record all the milestones reached over that first year in reception class.

Daisy was thrilled to be given this in store and can't wait to start filling it in.

Thanks to Clarks for making the whole school shoe shopping experience pleasant and stress free, and super fun too xo

Daisy's Daily Outfit ♥ Oh Baby London

Multi-stripe skater dress by Oh Baby London, £10 (sale - what a total bargain!) - Daisy Chain Baby
Party shoes, Monsoon (hand me downs) - similar here

Five Favourites: Black Boots

Whether you like it or not (I LOVE it!) Autumn is a-coming - and with it comes layered clothes, chunky knits, woolly tights and boots.

I love, love, love winter boots. A ridiculous amount. I love it when they first start replacing all the sandals and flip flops in the shops at the end of the Summer.

For the past few years I've opted for brown boots, starting with a pair of dark brown over the knees (which Daisy calls my pirate boots!) back in 2012 and then some chestnut brown riding boots last year. This year it's all about black boots for me.... I've picked up some super cute vintage (winter) dresses during over the last few months that will look perfect with black tights and boots to match. Here are my five favourites xoxo

1. Idil Knee Length Boots, Daniel Footwear - £169 // 2. Minster Echo Leather Boots, Clarks - £150 // 3. Gershwin Waterproof Boots, Ugg - £225 // 4. Stitch Detail Boots, Boden - £179 // 5. Sanita Talma clog boots, Lotta from Stockholm - £99
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