School shoes. I have to admit that I find hunting for school shoes with the boys a chore and it isn’t because they never like what there is to offer, but down to the fact that they wear them out in no time at all.
Last year Mini’s second pair of shoes lasted six weeks, yes six weeks before they had a hole in them. I have tried expensive shoes, less expensive shoes and everything in between my, but we are lucky to get more than 12 weeks out of a pair of shoes. My boys only wear them for school so 8pm to 3pm, 5 days a week.
When you ask the boys what they want in a shoe, they are not that fussy. Yes they are swayed by toys and freebies, but they have a Mummy who isn’t!
At eight and nine they have size three feet, so are well on the way to adult size shoes, but they need something much more robust. Something that can cope with scootering and biking to school, something that can cope with football on the MUGA (multi use games area) at lunchtime and recover from them not seeing a puddle and getting wet!
So what do I look for in a decent pair of school shoes?
- When they have velcro fastening I want that to be secure and for the stitching to stay secure
- I want scuff proof bumpers
- I want flexible soles, but with good grip
- Nothing inside the shoe, I don’t want my kids to be encouraged to take them on and off
We were contacted by Start-rite at the beginning of the summer to be part of their blogger team of six families putting their shoes to the test.
I was interviewed by Start-rite and discussed with them what we looked for in a show and what I knew about shoe fitting and then send a foot measurer and asked to measure by boys feet so they could send what they thoughts was a suitable pair for each of them.
We measured the boys feet and found them to be 3F and 3H. Mini has always had wide feet with a high instep. I also made sure that I had measured them correctly by getting MadDad to do it to and then the boys pinched the measurer and have been using it to play with!
Last weeks the boys shoes arrived. Rino Warrior for Mini and Reflector for Maxi. Using their video we checked the fit and the boys wore the shoes indoors for an hour or so a day to make sure that they were worn in before school.
I think that we take pretty good care of our school shoes. I clean them once a week with proper old fashioned polish and you can find my top tips for looking after leather shoes here.
Over the coming weeks and months we will be working with Start-rite, sharing with them how the shoes are wearing, sending them images of the soles and the rest of the shoes, so that they can see how they are holding up to life on the feet of two energetic boys.
So, what do you look for in a school shoe?