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.