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    Hi guys, so my Son starts prep next year and we need to get black joggers with velcro... Id prefer to get a good brand, what do you recommend, is there much difference between the cheap ones and the "brand" names?
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    If you want a good brand, head to a proper shoe shop and have him fitted

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    Default School shoes - cheepies or brand name?

    I get my girls either nikes or asics

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    Default School shoes - cheepies or brand name?

    I used to work at Athletes Foot and we had lots of parents swear by the Ascent brand.

    I had no name shoes growing up and I much prefer getting a proper fitting and good shoes

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    I wouldn't skimp on school shoes considering how often their little feet will be in them.

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    I'd say buy the best shoes you can afford. Remember your child will be spending 8+ hours a day 5 days a week in these shoes and probably walking long distances. You don't want shoes that cause pain/discomfort as you'd probably have to replace them anyway.

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    my DD just finished prep, we bought both cheapies and name brand ones and honestly, she ruined the cheapies in less then a term (went through 2 pairs of shoes first term) and then spent the rest of the year in the name brand ones, which she outgrew in 4th term.

    If you want to be able to replace them each term/2 terms so they don't get the old scuffed look then go cheapies because they will fall apart before getting the scuffed/crap look to them, but if you want something they will outgrow before completely falling apart go good quality ones.

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    Default School shoes - cheepies or brand name?

    I find more expensive ones definitely go the distance as opposed to cheapies.

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    I have tried the real cheapies, good brand name ones and cheaper brand name ones over the years.

    I think whats best will vary depending on your childs feet.

    For DD#1 for example I found that anything other than Clarks is awful for her feet. Tried a middle of the range type shoe for her once which was professionally fitted and it made a huge mess of her feet. I tried Grosby's too and they weren't good for her feet. After that I will only buy Clarks for her. They last really well and she gets a whole year out of them.

    For DD#2 & DD#3 I have tried the really really cheap ones like Kmart etc. They worked out pretty good the first year we tried them and one pair tended to last about a term but would look quite scuffed by the end of the term. I had trouble getting new pairs for the 4th term though so you would have to get the spares earlier in the year. Grosby's were ok (got them for 4th term last year) but needed to be replaced after about 5 months. I tried the cheapies again this year after that but they were no good at all and only lasted a couple of weeks before falling apart even though they were the same exact shoes we got last year.

    I decided to just get Clarks from now on with my twins as well as DD#1. That way they will last the whole year and I wont have to try and find replacements when they are harder to find.

    eta: I tried the Athletes Foot Ascent brand black sneakers once too and they seemed ok. They wore them the whole year but they really looked a mess by the end of the year. I have heard that Roc are pretty good too.
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    My LO went through 3 cheapies in their first term of school, it was a disaster...

    now i buy nike's and they last all year


 

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