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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.

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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