I mostly buy Clarks Mary Janes for the formal and Clarks for the Sports shoes, however, last year I ended up buying my eldest daughter Clarks for the Mary Jane and Betts Air Flex for the sports and was quite happy with the Betts as my daughter has to wear Orthotics and they were very accommodating to this (like the Clarks are).
This year I had to buy my dd who is starting grade one, Mary Janes and was all set to buy her Clarks like I've always bought her sister, however, she didn't like the feel of them when she was test walking them and she asked for the Lynx instead. I have never bought Linx before, so it will be interesting to see if these last as well as the Clarks and Betts have.
The shop assistant did tell me that with Mary Janes, make sure the soul is a 'sports' soul, as the smooth, rounder souls (usually found on Clarks) don't last as long with all the wear and tear the kids do throughout the year.
I love Clarks, but I do find all year I am polishing them to no avail, as the actual leather upper scuffs off.
I buy Clarks from Myers, especially when they have the 30% off sale and this year I bought the Lynx from Williams . The Betts I bought from Betts Kids.