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Children own more shoes than parents says new survey

How little boys and girls in the UK are stepping up their style...

According to a new survey by Debenhams, children under the age of 10 own more pairs of shoes than their parents.


On average little girls own a whopping 17 pairs of shoes, while little boys own an even more impressive 20 pairs, compared to mum and dad who own 15 and 10 respectively.

This new research suggests parents are looking at celebrity mini-me trendsetters such as Harper Beckham and Suri Cruise for fashion inspiration.

Forget boring old school shoes, British children appear to be stepping up their style game with a different shoe for every occasion, including trainers, wellies and summer sandals.

This excessive shoe wardrobe is also down to mums buying three or four pairs of shoes at a time for their children – waiting for their feet to grow to the next size.

When it comes to the top shoe choice for both genders, 64% of parents surveyed said the stylish sneaker (such as the multitasking Converse), was their child’s favourite shoe.

Top 10 shoes owned by girls under 10-years-old in the UK

  1. Wellies
  2. Trainers/Running shoes
  3. School shoes
  4. Converse/pumps
  5. Glitzy party shoes
  6. Plain smart shoes
  7. School plimsolls
  8. Flip flops
  9. Ballet/dancing shoes
  10. Jelly shoes

Top 10 shoes owned by boys under 10-years-old in the UK

  1. Wellies
  2. Trainers
  3. Running shoes
  4. School plimsolls
  5. School shoes
  6. Smart trainers (such as Converse)
  7. Party shoes
  8. Smart shoes
  9. Rugby boots
  10. Football boots

Looking for more shoe inspiration? Check out our 10 of the best boy's shoes and 10 of the best girl's shoes! Plus, don't miss Debenhams 20% off all children’s footwear until 24th February, 2013.




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