I’m not usually one to write blog posts that outright bash something or someone. However I do like to consider myself honest when it comes to reviewing something. Most of the time I go by the logic that if you can’t say something nice, you probably shouldn’t say anything at all – unless you’re asked of course.
Today I went shopping to Primark. My original purpose was to buy two cheap light summer jackets, for the girls to wear to school, now that the weather is improving. Unfortunately I didn’t find anything suitable, but while I was there I did grab a couple of pairs of cheap shoes. A few of weeks ago, Megan realised she didn’t have any shoes to wear with a red and white dress, other than her school shoes and thus ended up changing her whole outfit. So when I saw some white shoes for only £4, I snapped up a bargain – buying a pair each for the girls, so as to not upset one or other of them.
|Please note the date and time of my shop – 3/5/13 at 14.38|
Now I don’t expect massive lifespan on anything I buy from Primark. I’m aware it has a limited longevity but for kids stuff that’s mostly okay, as they damage things or grow out of them fast. However today’s purchase surprised me enough to be making a blog post about it…
At 14.38, I was in Lincoln making my purchase. I then walked back to my car, drove home, picked the kids up from school and then took them back to our house. At around 4pm I showed them their shoes, which they excitedly wanted to try on, so I sent them upstairs to get changed. At around 5pm we left the house to go and meet my partner for dinner. By this point they had been wearing the shoes briefly, around the house and about 10 steps outside to the car. When we parked in Lincoln, we had approximately a five minute walk to “Ask Italian”, the place we were going for dinner. The kids behaved well, sat drawing on the tables (which is allowed I might add!) and there was definitely no crawling around on the floor.
We finished our meal at 19.15, according to the Ask receipt. We then walked the same five minutes back to the car – there was no rain, barely any wind, in fact its been a lovely day. The kids then got back in the car, we drove home and although there was some messing around and chit chat to be done outside the house, we headed indoors to get ready for bed.
|Lily’s shoes as we got ready for bed|
I was amazed and honestly a little disgusted, to find that Lily’s shoes were already on their way out. Megan, who had actually climbed on Chris’ motorbike when we got home, had admittedly got dirty shoes, but Lily who had done nothing out of the ordinary and only worn her shoes for a total of about three or four hours, had already wrecked them.
How cheap is too cheap? How little should we expect from a pair of shoes that only cost us £4? Is it false economy to buy something for a fifth of the price of a decent pair of shoes? I fully appreciate that their are shops like Primark, especially in a my life as a single mum of two small children. However for the sake of paying maybe £2-£4 more pounds, perhaps I should just stick to Tesco or Asda clothing, where at least the kids get more than four hours of life from their shoes….