Esme was left covered in blood from the jelly sandals
Lisa Connor’s two-year-old daughter Esme had worn the shoes for just half an hour around the house before crying out in pain caused by deep incisions to her right ankle. A mum claims her daughter was left screaming in agony after a pair of Next jelly shoes slashed her feet.
The mum-of-two, from Blackpool, shared horrific pictures of Esme’s injuries on social media to warn other parents not to buy the £8 sandals and urge Next to recall the products.
Beauty business owner Lisa, who also lives with daughter Skyla, five, and chef fiance Niall Cartmell, 25, said: “Esme was in absolute agony. I couldn’t believe it because she had only been wearing them for half an hour.
“It’s not like she was running around in them for hours. She was just plodding around the house and then came running in in tears.”
Lisa, 26, described the shocking moment she removed Esme’s shows to reveal the bloodied cuts.
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She said: “There was blood all round her ankle and on the soles of her foot. Of course there will be new shoes that rub, but this is ridiculous.”
The shoes had been one of Esme’s birthday presents and Lisa described how she attempted to put them on her during her party.
She added: “We had family and friends round on Friday to give her presents for her birthday. When I put them on her she said they weren’t comfortable so we took them off straight away.
“Over the weekend she had a bouncy castle so she wasn’t really wearing her shoes much and Niall put them on her again on Monday morning.
“Niall didn’t know she had complained about them on Friday. She can’t really talk much so wasn’t able to say they had hurt her.
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“On Monday she was moaning and whingeing and I initially put it down to being tired. She was playing in the garden while I did some work and that’s when she came in crying.
“There was so much blood and she wouldn’t stop crying. Her dad had to spend an hour calming her down. It spoiled her birthday weekend really.”
Lisa contacted Next’s customer services department who have agreed to collect and examine the shoes this week.
But she thinks the shoes, which cost between £7 and £8 depending on size and are described on Next’s website as ‘fun jelly sandals for short term wear only’ should be taken off sale.
Lisa said: “I think they should be taken off sale before any more children get hurt. She’s not been able to put any shoes on since.
“Niall was able to wash her feet and put on a plaster but they’re still incredibly sore. It’s only her right foot that is affected strangely.
“The sandals are made from a jelly material so I don’t know if that’s what’s caused the problem. The worst cut is just under her ankle bone.
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“I’m really disappointed because I do all my clothes shopping at Next, but I don’t think they should be selling these at all.
“Other parents saw my pictures and messaged me to say they had similar problems. I hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
A spokeswoman for Next said: “We are terribly sorry for the distress caused and we are taking this matter very seriously.
“We’ve asked for this pair of shoes to be returned so we can carry out a detailed inspection of this shoe, since this is the first complaint of this nature that we’ve received.”