I’m sure I say this every year but this summer seems to be whizzing by. At the start of the holidays, six weeks feels like forever but before you know it you are thinking about getting ready to go back to school. If experience has taught me one thing though it is that being organised is the key to a stress free September. There’s nothing worse than leaving the back to school shopping to the last minute. Trust me I’ve been there, done that. Never. Again.
Obviously one of the biggest purchases that you make is the all important school shoes and of course you don’t want to do it too early and find that they have outgrown them, but on the flip side you don’t want to leave it too late and trail around struggling to find the right ones. Luckily for us, the lovely people at Start-Rite have taken all the stress away for us and my youngest two have been fitted with the most gorgeous new shoes all ready for going back to school in September. I still can’t quite believe that I only have two children left in school now, where does the time go?! Anyway, whether your child is only just starting out on their school journey or maybe you are further down the line like us, Start-Rite* can help find the perfect shoes for your little (and not so little) ones.
With pioneering standards of durability and unrivalled technology, Start-Rite have really raised the bar with their new AW18 collection. They test each and every prototype to ensure it never gives up and looks as good as new after the equivalent of 100,000 steps, that rip-tape fastenings remain ‘sticky’ after 5,000 openings, and its waterproof shoes stay true after testing by flexing 30,000 times under water. The entire collection has been designed to be defined by the child’s life-stage and usage. Its Classics range combines timeless styling with an unwavering focus on comfort and foot health. Kicks has versatility and ease at its core and are designed to transition seamlessly from playground to park to party, while Pioneers is the most advanced yet with an expert blend of smart materials, intelligent protection and sports inspired styling.
We chose the Spring school shoes priced at £47.99 for both of the girls in the black patent but this style is also available in black leather. My girls love patent shoes they are always their first choice and I have to say that I have always found patent to be particularly hard wearing while looking good so they get my approval too. They are a lovely modern take on the traditional Mary Jane shoe with brogue detailing in black patent on a chunky cushioned sole with the padded ankle for extra comfort. It even has the toe and heel bumper protection to avoid scuffing and a riptape fastening for an adjustable fit making them easy to take on and off. The leather linings help to absorb moisture and keep little feet dry and comfy while the lightweight and flexible sole allows for natural movement and healthy foot development. When you bear in mind just how many hours a day your child wears their school shoes for and all the running, walking, skipping, climbing, scooting and goodness knows what else the average school day entails, it is so important to choose the best possible fitting shoes and these shoes tick all of the boxes for me.
If you are measuring at home, Start-Rite offer all the help and advice you can possibly need with measuring gauges available to buy, paper measures that can be downloaded for free or even the 3D measuring app that can work out your child’s shoe size with a few clicks of your iPhone camera. After you have calculated your child’s size using the tools you can check the fit following their quick and easy steps. Start-Rite offer free standard delivery on all of their full price shoes online and free and easy returns if needed. Also right now, for a limited time there is 30% off plimsolls and selected trainers when you purchase full priced school shoes. Such a great offer at what can be an expensive time of year getting ready to go back to school! You can find out more at startriteshoes.com
*For the purpose of this review we were very kindly provided with two pairs of school shoes from the new AW18 range from Start-Rite but all words and opinions (and stomping around) are our own. I think it goes without saying that we would only ever recommend a product that we truly love and we hand on heart truly love Start-Rite shoes.