10 best kids' school shoes

Get the children ready for the new term in September with this range of comfortable, durable black footwear

Buying the right school shoes can be one of the most stressful parts of the lead-up to your offspring going back to school. Chances are they want something completely impractical and a million miles away from your school’s dress code, while the parent’s focus tends to be on longevity and comfort.

Don’t assume that sturdy, chunky shoes are always best, though. A more light-weight and flexible shoe is often kinder to growing feet. And whilst parents often veer towards lace-ups, remember buckled or Velcro shoes can be better for households where mornings are hurried. A third assumption parents often make is that buying bigger means your child can grow into their shoes, thereby making them last longer. But if children’s shoes are too big, it can cause bad walking habits and even injury.

If you can, get your child’s feet measured professionally in a shoe store. And if you can’t, make sure there’s space between the tip of the shoe and the tip of your child’s longest toe, about the width of your thumb. Also make sure your child can wriggle their toes, but not the rest of their foot, while the heel should stay comfortably in place.

Click on the gallery to see the IndyBest buys

Verdict

For boys, we love Clarks Malton GTX, which are both comfy and practical. For girls, M&S Leather Jazz Punch Hole School Shoes are like walking on air, yet are long lasting.

1. Next Moccasin Lace Shoes, from £32

2. Clarks Daisy Rain Junior, £40

3. M&S Leather Jazz Punch Hole School Shoes, from £26

4.  Bhs Boys Slip On Shoes, from £13

5. Walkright Light Up Shoe, £14.99

6. Step 2wo Cilla School Pump, £52

7. Kickers Leather Lace-up Hi Boots, from £45

8. Crocs Uniform Shoe, £34.99

9. Clarks Malton GTX, £42

10. Blue Zoo Black Leather Lace-ups, from £28

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Extras
HOME+GARDEN
Extras
KIDS
Extras
FASHION+BEAUTY
Extras
FASHION+BEAUTY
Extras
HOME+GARDEN
Extras
FASHION+BEAUTY
Extras
OUTDOOR+ACTIVITY
Extras
HOME+GARDEN
Extras
ARTS+BOOKS
Extras
FOOD+DRINK
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate