We've yet to meet a child that enjoys school shoe shopping, but thanks to the internet, it's easier than ever to avoid shoe shopping in person. Instead, you can order a bunch of school shoes to be delivered to your front door so your little one can try on potential options from the comfort of their own home, meaning you can avoid any in-store tantrums on a bad day...
If you're after some girls' school shoes, we've selected our favourites that you can order today, meaning you can get the dreaded school shoe shopping out of the way ASAP.
Bridie brogue T-vel
With shiny black patent leather and cute brogue detailing and classic T-bar decoration, this shoe promises extra protection to the toe and heel to prevent scuffs, and a reinforced hook and loop fastening, making it easy to get on/off.
Available in sizes: 5-12
Kick Hi heart
Debossed with cute all over heart detailing, these school shoes have little diamante studs at the edge of both hook and loop straps for an extra sparkle. They feature a chunky sole and triple stitch plus two velcro straps so there's no need to worry about pesky laces.
Available in sizes: 5-12
Flare Shine Kid Black Leather
Trust us, your youngster will love these shoes. Mostly thanks to the GLO MOVE technology which makes the soles flash when your youngster is on the move – but with a handy on/off switch for the classroom. The robust black leather upper has easy riptape fastening for quick on and off, too.
Available in sizes: 10-2 and a half
Etch Craft Toddler Black Leather
Featuring a simple riptape fastening and brogue detailing, these shoes have a durable yet lightweight rubber sole, perfect for running around the playground. Finished with an Agion lining to keep feet fresh and an eco foam lined fabric sock for comfort, we love that the majority of this shoe's lining is made from 50 per cent recycled materials.
Available in sizes: 7-9 and a half
With breathable leather linings, cushioned insoles, padded ankles, and added scuff bumper to the toe, the easily adjustable t-bar riptape fastening means these shoes will fit snug to the foot.
Available in sizes: 7-2
Black Patent Chunky Lace-Up Shoes
One for older children who are comfortable with laces, these chunky lace up shoes have memory foam insoles to provide extra comfort underfoot plus hardwearing soling compounds so they'll last for longer.
Available in sizes: 11-5
Kids’ Leather Flashing Light School Shoes
Easy for little fingers to manoeuvre on and off, with a riptape fastening and simple slip-on style, these cross bar shoes feature a light up feature, activated when your little one walks. A sparkly dragonfly design and metallic detailing finishes off the look and half sizing means feet can enjoy a great fit. Made from soft scuff resistant leather, they’re super soft and flexible with a non marking sole to keep busy feet comfy all day long.
Available in sizes: 8-1
Buckle My Shoe Cassia Girls Black Patent Bar Shoe
Featuring a black patent upper with 3D butterfly and flower detailing, these girls' school shoes have a return touch fasten strap for quick and easy fitting, while their flexible and lightweight outsole ensures comfort.
Available in sizes: 5-12
5 Top Tips from Kickers to help you choose the right school shoes for your child
Check the school policy – It’s always a good idea to check your child’s school uniform policy first, before buying their school shoes. Some schools may be stricter than others and not allow more ‘trainer-style’ shoes, others may have conditions on colours and accessories, so it’s wise to check before you buy.
Think about what style suits your child best? For example, do they tend to put their shoes through their paces- kicking a ball, running and jumping around the playground- you should look at durable options. At Kickers, styles include our Kick Mid Scuff and Trukka Lo are definitely up for the challenge, they have durable chunky soles which won’t wear down easily and are scuff-resistant to keep them looking smart. For the girls, it would be worth choosing a Brogue style, which have a durable 360 outsole designed to give extra protection to the toe and heel to prevent any unnecessary scuffing and are tough enough to take on any playground game!
Choose the right size – This is important - your child is going to be wearing their shoes for six or seven hours a day, it’s essential that their school shoes fit them properly and are comfortable too. We offer an easy, at home guide for sizing with a simple to use three-step guide to finding the right school shoes for your children, which can be done in the comfort of your own home without any specialised equipment.
What are the best materials for my children’s shoes? The best quality materials deliver premium performance, so it’s important for school shoes to be made from a premium leather, which moulds to the foot for a perfect fit. Shoes should also be breathable and anti-odour. It’s imperative that school shoes are tough on the outside but super comfy on the inside. Some of our school styles also feature reflective materials which provide that added level of safety meaning they are visible in low light – which is important as we move into Autumn/Winter.
Laces or not? This really does depend on your child and whether they have mastered laces or not. But it’s also worth thinking about time – do you have time for your child to tie laces in the mornings and are they able to retie them after PE or if they come undone in the playground?
The most important thing when looking for school shoes is that your little one is happy and comfortable wearing them. So don’t be afraid to get them involved in the choosing process.