The single worst thing about back to school shopping is shoes. But, fear not, mamas and papas, we’ve done the legwork for you. If you worry about buying shoes online, just stop. It’s easy! Most sites have a size guide to print out, or measurements for you to compare against. When you have the shoes at home, let them walk about in them but also check you have a generous amount of space at the toe – aim for at least a cm (I always advise at least a finger in width). If they’re not snug around the back, they’re too big. Remember, when you get measured in high street stores, they’re measuring against their own size chart. Lola measured a 12 in Clarks not too long ago, but has Nikes and other brands in a 13!
Anyway, back to the school shoes – here are some stylish ones. Our kids are lucky (?!) in that they go to schools where there isn’t a strict uniform policy, so I have included a few pairs that may not be allowed in all schools.
From top to bottom, left to right, we have…
Roan school black, from £45, Plae.
Angulus Black T-Bar, £55.99, Happy Little Soles.
Black Patent Desert Jane, £38, Clarks.
Caller Double Velcro, from £62, Step2wo.
PEU, £55, Camper.
Ruche Black Gold, £41, Livie & Luca.
Lace Up High Tops, £35, Vertbaudet.
Echo Black, £42, Bobux.
Kickers T-Bar Patent, £40, Alex & Alexa.
Olive Derby Shoe, £70, Young Soles.
Porto, £50, Petasil.
R édition Patent Brogues, £29, La Redoute.