With the summer holidays in full swing and school back on the timetable next month, thoughts are turning to back to school prep after, for many kids, an elongated break.
One of the key purchases for many parents is school shoes. Having not worn these for up to six months, it can be an arduous task to get them measured and then size up a decent pair that will last them the full academic year.
While many high street stores are booking up with appointment slots, Start-Rite, one of the most reputable children’s shoe brands, are not just available in high street stores, but available online direct from their website. The website offers a handy online measuring option that allows you to take your time and comfortably measure your child’s feet at home.
Simply download the paper measuring gauge from the website, line your child’s feet up and mark up the length and width. Once you have the measurements, compare them against the online chart and then you’re good to go. It’s really easy and simply to follow and with four widths and half sizes you can pinpoint the exact measurement for your child’s feet. The sizing also allows for a little growing room so order as per the chart for an accurate size
Two designs that are on our must-have list are the Giggle and Strike.
A modern twist on the Mary Jane, these girls’ shoes have a timeless eminence that complements a smart, formal image, yet a hidden unicorn design on the interior adds a little fun and magic to the shoe.
The interior also offers up a soft padded lining for maximum comfort that is breathable to promote healthy foot hygiene during prolonged periods of wear.
The quick rip tape fastening makes it a suitable option for primary school children that are yet to learn how to tie laces.
Available in a patent and leather version, the patent pips the post for us thanks to its constant shine and wipe clean nature.
Not content with all-day wearing, boys shoes typically need to be able to withstand the joys of running, football and oodles of lunchtime adventure as kids utilise the opportunity to let off steam between classes. This casual school shoe takes on a cool trainer vibe with a sporty design that wouldn’t look out of place on the football field.
The shoe isn’t too rigid with plenty of flex and has a soft feeling despite its obvious durability. The scuff resistance is also high on the scale with a dyed leather coating on the outer, and an added protective layer that extends right over the toes and heel to provide an additional level of reinforcement, an area that typically wears the hardest for boy’s shoes.
Back to School
In addition to the physical preparation, Start-Rite has also sought to support children as they mentally prepare for the return to school. Teaming up with Dr. Julie Smith, a Clinical Psychologist, they have produced some useful hints and tips to help you guide your child as they start to think about returning to school to help minimise any concerns. On www.startriteshoes.com, you can find lots of information including a short film that features children talking about their experiences to help your child share their feelings.
For more information on Start-Rite, and to view the full range of school shoes, visit www.startriteshoes.co.uk.