The mom-of-two from Lancashire, England shared pictures of her daughter’s injuries on social media to warn other parents of the pink jelly sandals.
“Esme was in absolute agony. I couldn't believe it because she had only been wearing them for half an hour,” Lisa told The Daily Mail.
“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 said that her daughter wasn’t able to tell her parents what was wrong sooner because she doesn’t talk much yet.
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The shoes were given to Esmé as a birthday present for her second birthday. She wore them for the first time a few days later. They are priced at £7-8 (around P500) at the Next online store.
Jelly sandals are typically made from PVC plastic, which Lisa said might have caused her daughter’s injuries. “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,” she said. “There was so much blood and she wouldn't stop crying. Her dad had to spend an hour calming her down.”
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After calling Next’s customer service department, the popular British clothing brand have agreed to take the shoes back to examine them. Lisa, however, feels the shoes shouldn’t be allowed on store shelves anymore. “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.
“Other parents saw my pictures and messaged me to say they had similar problems. I hope it doesn't happen to anyone else.”
(On a side note, Parents.com reports that many were also quick to bash Lisa for everything from not noticing her kid's bleeding feet to the fact that the jellies appeared too small for her kid in the first place. Lisa has since showed a photowith a few of the commenters to show that she bought the proper size for Esme's foot.)
A spokesperson from Next issued this statement: “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.”