I'm happy to shop around for kids clothes - I love shops like Zara, H&M and Mothercare, usually waiting for a sale to stock up on what's needed. I'm not snobby when it comes to buying things second-hand at nearly new sales or using clothes handed down from friends with children and I happily shop at Primark and supermarket clothing ranges.
However, one area I struggle to get value for money is shoes. It is so important for children to have decent footwear, they need to fit properly, support the foot and last longer than five minutes. It seems like a lot of responsibility for me as a parent to choose something that is just right whilst also balancing the books.
I don't mind buying from slightly cheaper shops when it comes to footwear, as long as the fit is right and they are made from quality materials with decent support. I'll often buy from Mothercare and Next although it's impossible to judge sizing online. During the sales I head straight to start-rite or New Zealand company Bobux.
I first found Bobux when I was looking for Lily's second pair of shoes. They have different ranges depending on the age and skill of the child which I found really helpful and they had some fab reviews. I was impressed and have bought a few pairs since, so imagine how happy I was before Christmas to find out that I'd won a pair in an Instagram competition!
There was so much choice on their website and it was hard to narrow down my choice but in the end I went for the 'Empire' trainer in pink. They usually ship from the UK and are very quick, but on this occasion the pair I picked was shipped from New Zealand along with some other goodies from Kiwi brands Ashley & Co. and Antipodes. The parcel arrived this week and I was really excited - like receiving an extra Christmas present!
I was again impressed by the quality of the shoe. I chose trainers because Lily loves to run around and can easily scuff smart shoes but this pair is really smart and I feel like I could easily pair them up with some slightly smarter outfits. I know they'll also go down well at the nursery, because they're easy for Lily to put on and take off herself.
According to Lily they're very comfortable and they obviously passed her style testing because she put them on first thing this morning and was loathe to take them off again!
I would definitely recommend checking out the Bobux range as they have some great options. I'm always working to a really tight budget and so like to buy items in the sale if I can, but the prices for Bobux are no more expensive than some high street shoe shops and they last well. You can easily buy from their website or they have a store locator if you prefer to try them on before purchasing. I've also previously seen them in John Lewis and TK Maxx.
*I have not been asked by anyone to write this review, I just wanted to share with you and all opinions are my own*