When it comes to shoes for my boys, I don’t mind admitting I’m a bit of a skinflint.
They’re rough and tumble kids who are heavy on their feet – which means they go through shoe leather like Katie Price through husbands.
So I don’t bother getting them more than a couple of pairs of trainers to hang around in, along with the shoes necessary for school and nursery.
It’s just not worth spending money on footwear to go with every outfit, when they’re going to be ruined.
But it does mean we’re sometimes caught out when there’s a special occasion which calls for smart attire.
So I was curious when the kind folks at Chatham Marine offered us a pair of their lovely deck shoes to road test.
These nautical but very nice shoes with razor-cut rubber soles haveÂ that smart yet casual style which says “I own a yacht – but I don’t like to brag about it”.
And Chatham Marine states their shoes are “designed to be comfortable, functional and able to withstand all that nature can throw at them”.
But could they withstand the sheer G-Force that is Mr G’s youngest son?
Well, onÂ our recent holiday in Cornwall, they got the full treatment from 4-year-old Blake.
The Anchor shoesÂ were a good choice, with their velcro fastening they were easy for him to put on himself.Â And for a fussy child who complains that most shoes nip his feet, he found these comfortable from the beginning.
He wore them on the beach, on a long day walking around the zoo, at the park, and running around on the farm.
The shoes withstood a good bashing. And my favourite thing was that a wipe down with a wet cloth left them looking good as new.
A definite hit in our household. And at less than Â£40 for a pair, they’re within my usual budget for the boys’ footwear.
We have a christening to attend in the next couple of weeks, and he’ll be wearing these deck shoes with a pair of chinos for a smarter look.
So let’s get to the good part.
Chatham Marine are happy to give one lucky winner a pair of kids shoes from their extensive range.
Simply leave a comment below this post, telling me about your favourite pair of shoes. Don’t forget to leave your name and email address/Twitter handle so I can contact you if you win.
And to increase your chances of winning, consult the Rafflecopter thingamijig for details of how to earn extra entries.
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Terms and Conditions
The competition is open toÂ residents in the UK and Ireland, and there is no cash alternative.
The prize will be a pair ofÂ Chatham Marine kids shoes, and is not refundable or exchangeable.Â Chatham Marine will cover shipping costs.
This competition will end at midnight on Monday, June 10, and the winner will be chosen at random and contacted within 24 hours.
Failure to claim the prize within 7 days will result in a new winner being selected.