According to older boy, although this has happened to several pairs. Given the longevity of most of his school shoes, I am indeed beginning to wonder what shoes would do. Certainly I am at the end of my tether as another pair of shoes are wrecked after barely two months.
This has been interesting over the years, I remember on one occasion, older boy went through five pairs of shoes in as many weeks, no I’m not exaggerating. One of the said pair of shoes came from Clarks, the strap broke after two days; funnily enough I have never returned. Older boy had announced that they were broken after coming out of school, I exclaimed “Bloody hell” and frog marched him into town in an attempt to rectify the problem, this was after all pair of shoes number three. I printed off a bank statement as proof of my purchase, but this was not enough. I was furious, both at what I perceived as the churlishness of the retail assistant and at the situation, which worsened considerably when older boy wet himself in the toilets of what was BHS, rendering the trying on of any other shoes impossible (wet socks). More shoes followed which again broke quickly, this time it was the sole and they too got returned to the shop. Through a process of trial and error I learnt that Tesco shoes are the best of a bad bunch. Yes, they might only last three months at the most rather than for the majority of the school year but this is a vast improvement.
This process of continual replacing doesn’t end with shoes, water bottles tend to have a similar fate. I long ago gave up on proper water bottles, the potential for breakage and leaks was just too great and hit a crescendo during the bottle flipping craze. Now we reuse plastic bottles and whilst they get lost often they are very easy to replace. School polo shirts need replacing often too, not because of loss but due to the fact that the school insist that they are white. White and boys do not go as we all know.
Is there a moral to this story? Not really other than perhaps to buy in bulk, avoid white where possible and not to buy expensive shoes cause they really dont last any longer.