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Back to School with Start-rite

*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with start-rite.

I think this is the shortest summer holiday little T has ever had and I can’t believe that she’ll be back in school next month.  I’m panicking a bit because there are still some activities I want to do with her.  We haven’t even gone camping yet, or learned how to ride the bike without stabilizers, or learned the “You are my sunshine” song in the ukulele yet.

And yes, I do know the summer holiday will end soon.  In fact, in spite the panic, we’re actually ready for it.  She already has new uniforms in time for next month and also has a pair of  new school shoes courtesy of Start-rite.  We got little T’s first ever pair of shoes from them.  My husband was very particular about this. He didn’t want to just buy just any pair of shoe from the shops.  He wanted her properly fitted and booted.  Yes, T and has a history with this particular shoe brand and we trust it.

For this year, T chose a classic Mary Janes style for her school-shoes.  If you’ve been following our little blog for some time now, you will know that my daughter is very sporty and just like any other six, going seven-year-old, she loves to skip and run around like a loony.

What we liked about the shoes:

  • The velcro.  Admittedly, T still hasn’t mastered tying her shoelace yet so a velcro strap is a big help for her.
  • We like the style and the leather.  As mentioned, we’ve been happy with Start-rite from the beginning and know that we are getting good quality shoes.
  • At £42.99 we think that the price is just right.  Might be pricier than other school shoes, but at least we know that we’re getting our money’s worth and know that it will last her long.

When it comes to school shoes my husband and I don’t really mind spending more for better quality shoes and as I’ve mentioned, T and start-rite have a good history together, we know that this will last her till at least next year.  I won’t be surprised if it even lasts longer than that.

As parents of young and active kids, it’s always best to spend a little bit more for good quality school shoes, isn’t it, especially if we know that it will last longer than most of the other brands.

What about you?

Are you a Start-rite parent too?

We are!

A very long Family Love-Affair

I’m not so sure when or how my family started our love affair with Dr. Martens’ boots, all I know is that I blame my older brother for starting it.  I wouldn’t be surprised actually if it all began with his love-affair with music, specifically punk-music.  Yes, my brother loved the Clash, among others – soundtrack of my growing-up years … Shareef don’t like it, rock the casbah, rock the casbah.

To make the story short, he was the first one to have DMS in our family and of course, being the younger sibling, I absolutely had to have my own pair too.  And even my dad had his own, but it was a boring-brown one, not the classic black boots.  And since this was many moons ago, back in the old days when ALL of Dr. Marten’s boots were still all made in England, not China, and those boots, are still very much in good condition.  In fact, next time I go home, I’m going to bring them back to Blightly with me.

So of course, it’s only right that my very own daughter would have her very own DMS too:

PicMonkey Collage

If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you might find photo #1 familiar.  That’s Doc as a puppy (so cute!)  She actually named her pup from her boots – Dr. Martens.

It’s also not surprising when choosing school shoes, we would also go with the same brand.  Admittedly though, it is a bit pricier than your regular Clarks school shoes, but we wanted something that would hopefully last longer than your average school shoes.

As parents, we don’t mind paying a little bit more for quality, since after all she’ll be wearing this weekly and five days in a row!  And although little T has outgrown her DMS, it’s still in very good condition (We plan to order another pair for her this winter!)  So yes, she also has school Dr. Martens’ school shoes.


 And besides, aren’t they the cutest Mary Janes you’ve ever seen?

I was really pleased with the style and the look when my daughter’s school shoes arrived and was so excited for her to wear them, especially since she seemed so pleased with them too!

So imagine my surprise and disappointment when after less than a week, the rubber on her shoes seemed to be looking really scruffy.  Was really shocked and wasn’t expecting this to happen, especially since they didn’t come cheap.

Great Customer Service

I ranted away with my DMS guru-brother over at Viber about how disappointed I was, he just  said, why not get in touch with them?  Not really expecting anything, I did as I was told.

And lo and behold, the next day, I got a reply from them.  After an exchange of a few emails, queries, and details, they out of good-will sent us a brand-new replacement of the said school shoes!  We did send the offending pair back to them for scrutiny.

Now that’s what I call superb customer service!

I am one-very pleased mum.  Don’t you just love it when brands you patronise turns out to really, genuinely care about their customers?  So if you’re looking for hard-wearing boots or shoes for your little ones, do consider Dr. Martens and if anything goes wrong, you’ll at least know, that your concerns will be taken care of.

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