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Guide to buying Kids’ School Shoes

Check out our school shoes guide to answer your most frequently asked questions!

Sophie O'Sullivan
by Sophie O'Sullivan
BROWSE SCHOOL SHOES

Stumped about choosing school shoes? This guide will teach you how to select the perfect pair and answer all your pressing questions!

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Do school shoes have to be black?

While black school shoes are usually the preferred choice, there may be alternative options available. Be sure to check what your child’s school considers appropriate footwear, as individual dress codes can differ!

How should school shoes fit?

School shoes should fit with about a thumb's width of space at the toes and secure heel support. They should provide good arch support and bend easily at the ball of the foot. Fastenings should hold the foot securely without being overly tight, and there should be enough room for toes to wiggle comfortably without the foot sliding forward. A proper fit ensures comfort and support throughout the school day.

Need more in-depth info?

Check out our kids’ shoe fit guide. What are the most comfortable school shoes? Faux leather shoes are often considered the most comfortable style of school shoes. However, styles may vary for each child based on whether they have wide or narrow feet. When shopping, look for pairs with comfy insoles, adjustable fastenings, and flexible materials. What is the best style for school shoes Ballet pumps and trainers are great choices to wear in the classroom and on the playground. For cooler days, styles like loafers and ankle boots are sure to be go-to options to keep their feet covered and comfortable.

Overall, the best styles are entirely up to you. Whether you’re looking for Mary Jane school shoes for girls with bow details, or derby shoes with chunky soles for boys, anything that showcases their personalities and follows their school’s dress code is a winner.

What is the best material for school shoes?

Mesh or faux leather options are often sought for their practical designs. We recommend lighter fabrics like canvas for sunny days. Then switch to cold weather-ready materials such as faux leather to keep their feet warm and dry in colder months.

What type of fastening should school shoes have?

Get a pair that can be easily adjusted by the child themselves. This’ll help prevent unfastening mishaps. If your child has not yet learnt to tie laces, self-fastening straps are a great choice, as the fit can be adjusted to their liking while still being easy to slip on and off.

Should you wear school shoes in?

Yes, wearing them in before they head back to school is recommended. Have a trial wear session with your little one. This will help to loosen the shoes up and ensure they work with (not against!) their feet.

How long should school shoes last?

School shoes typically have a lifespan of about six to twelve months, depending on how often they’re worn and how you care for them. How quick their feet grow also plays a significant role in the lifespan of their school shoes. You can expect younger children to outgrow them faster than older children! We suggest having at least two pairs, one for the summer term and another for the winter term. That way, they can switch between the styles during the academic year to help extend the wear time of your little one’s shoes.

When should I buy school shoes?

School-ready shoes are available year-round! If they outgrow or wear out during the academic year, you can easily get your hands on a new pair. However, we feel shoes are best purchased during the summer holidays, giving you time to make sure they’re worn in and ready for the new school year.

How long should school shoes last?

School shoes typically have a lifespan of about six to twelve months, depending on how often they’re worn and how you care for them. How quick their feet grow also plays a significant role in the lifespan of their school shoes. You can expect younger children to outgrow them faster than older children! We suggest having at least two pairs, one for the summer term and another for the winter term. That way, they can switch between the styles during the academic year to help extend the wear time of your little one’s shoes.

When should I buy school shoes?

School-ready shoes are available year-round! If they outgrow or wear out during the academic year, you can easily get your hands on a new pair. However, we feel shoes are best purchased during the summer holidays, giving you time to make sure they’re worn in and ready for the new school year. Now you’re all clued up on the most-asked questions about school shoes, it’s time to get shopping. What pair (or pairs) will you be bringing home to your mini-me in time for the start of term?