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    Default Let's talk school shoes

    DD starts prep this year, I am planning on getting her some black leather shoes, probably a mary jane style with velcro. I will get some new joggers too. Anyway, I need help. What brands? Clarks, bata, grosby, other??? I want them to last a while, but how big is too big to start with?

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    I bought DD a pair of Clark's Mary Jane's for her first pair of school shoes. They lasted the whole year. They come with a removable inner sole which was great. I got her a size 10.5 when she was probably just a 10 (maybe even a 9.5). We removed the inner sole in the last term and she will get another 1-2 terms at least out of them. The only thing that went "wrong" was that the stitching in the Velcro strap unravelled in the last term so I had them repaired at the boot maker. My DH is pedantic about clean shoes and he cleaned and polished them weekly, so they pretty much still look new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlsRock View Post
    I bought DD a pair of Clark's Mary Jane's for her first pair of school shoes. They lasted the whole year. They come with a removable inner sole which was great. I got her a size 10.5 when she was probably just a 10 (maybe even a 9.5). We removed the inner sole in the last term and she will get another 1-2 terms at least out of them. The only thing that went "wrong" was that the stitching in the Velcro strap unravelled in the last term so I had them repaired at the boot maker. My DH is pedantic about clean shoes and he cleaned and polished them weekly, so they pretty much still look new.
    Thanks. I think you may have confirmed what I was thinking about clarks being the way to go.

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    Next Direct have nice black leather shoes for girls and from memory they aren't too expensive.

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    I have been on the School Shoe Hunt for a few weeks and it would seem that, if your budget allows, Clarks are the most supportive and durable school shoe for little feet.

    Whatever brand you decide on, make sure you go to a shoe shop that can properly measure your dd's foot and help you decide on a size that allows for growth, especially if your little one has one foot a little bigger than the other.

    Clarks have a leather upper which, unlike some of the other brands, don't have an additional protective film over the leather. This protective layer tends to make the leather peel rather than scuff, making it a nightmare to polish/keep looking good.

    To give you some idea of price, I paid $85 for a pair of black lace up shoes for my ds.

    Check out the Clarks website for range and prices.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    Go and try a few on and get the ones which suit her foot the best.

    I like Clarks for my older 3.

    I find Lynx Mary-Jane's fit my youngest best. She has a very narrow foot and the Lynx are a nicer shape and better fit for her feet. Lynx have a removable insole like the Clarks.

    I have had trouble with Rox in the past. They sole cracked after just one term.

    I've found Clarks joggers aren't the best to get. My kids struggle to get a year out of them. I think it can be the luck of the draw. For joggers I've found New Balance to consistently be the longest lasting. Nike mostly fall apart after just one term. Although my kids could just be hard on their shoes.

    In terms of how big, shoe fitters usually recommend leaving a thumb width for growing room.
    Ok, my DD does have narrow feet, will be sure to look at Lynx too.

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    I always get Clarks for school shoes, they're not cheap but they have such a good range, well made and so many different widths in each type of shoe. I looked in all the shops but ended up buying them in a kids shoes specialist because the salespeople fitted the kids properly. Dd5 tried 6 pairs before we found one that fit properly (she has a wide short foot). With dd7 I brought in her old shoes and they sent us away empty handed, saying she'll get at least another term out of them (i bought them this time last year). They still polish up to look like new and still fit her properly.

    If you can afford the outlay it's worth it, they can be fitted on the large side with lots of growing room. That way you have a good shoe for a year or more instead of 2 or 3 ok/crappy pairs in a year.

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    williams the shoemen have a sale on school shoes at the moment.

    They sell clarks and Lynx which are both pretty good. Katie had lynx ones last year and they lasted her all year!!!

    This year (I went today ) she is in between sizes or I would have bought the same ones again.

    Anyway - I went to Betts Kids who sell airflex ones - and they are great. Sizing is a bit different so they fit her perfectly.

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    Definitely Clarks! I've bought many pairs over the years, and they always last the year.
    My school mum friends who have tried other brands always go back to Clarks due to the other brands not lasting long.

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    Myer has 25% off school shoes and joggers including Clarks at the moment until the end of the month, we got my DS some Clarks there a couple of days ago.


 

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