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Back to School | Shoe Shopping Tips

A whopping 80% of you told us you still to shop for school shoes, and no panic but we’re already half way through the summer holidays!

But the annual school shoe shop doesn't have to be expensive, frustrating or stressful!  Read on for our top tips, to save you money, and your precious time.

Visit the stores at quieter times

Here at Gunwharf Quays, we are open from 10am, and our stores do tend to be a little quieter upon opening.  We are also open until 8pm Monday - Saturday. Why not have a later night and shop when the stores are quieter, or after a tasty family meal at one of our waterside restaurants?

Make a day of it

If it’s raining, why not tag on a game of bowling to your shopping trip, or the latest blockbuster movie at Vue Cinema? If it’s sunny how about coffee and cake at Parade Tea Room for the adults while the kids let off some steam in the park? We also have our mini loco train, mini ports, Waterwalkerz and the funfair onsite all over the summer.

Free activities

If you’re looking to compliment your shoe shopping with a free day out, we also offer a free history trail and we’re a stone’s throw from the seaside. Why not sit on the waterfront and do some boat watching from our marina?

Make it easy

Go somewhere equipped for crowds and children – Our Clarks Gunwharf Quays store has free measuring outside the store (don’t worry it is undercover!) to minimise wait time instore.  The Clarks staff are trained to be understanding to the differing needs of children, and will measure children in quieter spaces if required. 

Keep an eye on social channels

We are going to trial posting regular updates via Twitter/Facebook stories over the next couple of weeks, telling you when the Clarks store is busy or quiet to help you plan your trip while you’re onsite.  Let us know if you find this useful.

Make it one-stop

Minimise your school shop to one day; pick up trainers and PE kit staples, stationery and bags from our leading brands, all at outlet prices while you’re here. Check out our top back to school deals.

Win your shoes!

Don't forget to enter our competition, to win FREE Clarks school shoes for a year!