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tips to get decent priced school shoes

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littleoctonauts Sat 20-Aug-16 23:12:19


I have DS going into Y2 and DD about to start reception. Are there any shops that sell school shoes at a decent mid range price and are still good quality? Like around the £20 mark?

I've tried cheaper school shoes from Sports Direct and they weren't great quality, wore out within a few weeks. I went back to Clarks shoes but they're so expensive especially when you have more than one...


scrappydappydoo Sat 20-Aug-16 23:20:36

Try Clark's outlet stores - we went to the one in Somerset and got two pairs of fitted shoes for £40.

dylexicdementor11 Sun 21-Aug-16 09:09:47

We buy DS shoes from

They sell the previous seasons shoes. The company is run by a lovely woman who I suspect is a mumsnetter.

lilydaisyrose Sun 21-Aug-16 09:14:05

I measure myself & buy from T K Maxx - shoes range from £9.99 -£24.99 for Kickers - got DD's and DS's for under £27 for both this year.

PlaymobilPirate Sun 21-Aug-16 09:24:02

Bookmarked that site dyls just paid £38 in Clarks for ds' first school shoes 😣

dylexicdementor11 Sun 21-Aug-16 09:27:24

Ouch playmobile- that would hurt. We bought DS Clarke shoes from the site mentioned above for under 25.

littleoctonauts Sun 21-Aug-16 14:08:30

Some great tips,, thank you!

Lilydaisyrose do you use a special foot measuring thing or is there another way?

mejon Sun 21-Aug-16 14:13:35

The sale/outlet section on the Start Rite website is good. Just bought shoes for both DCs there and there were a few school type shoes available. You can download a measuring guide and it is all quite easy as the site tells you what size you need.

404NotFound Sun 21-Aug-16 18:02:43

Agree Shoes For Kids are very good. If you're not confident measuring the child's feet yourself you can take them to be measured and then use that as a guide for buying the same brand shoes on Shoes For kids. They have quite a detailed size guide on the website, including descriptions of which sizes come up large or narrow etc.

The other thing you can do is get them measured and fitted in a shoe shop, work out which style and size you want, and then search by that model name on ebay. There are lots of people selling new in box school shoes from Clarks and sTartrite, either overstock or bought in error.

littleoctonauts Tue 23-Aug-16 06:59:20

Thank you for these great tips!

Blowninonabreeze Tue 23-Aug-16 07:14:40

Keep an eye out for the startrite online sale. I a few years ago I got the same design in 4 different sizes for dd2 at £15 each. She's worn them from year 2- year 5 and I've only had to buy new ones now she's going into year 6

TickledOnion Tue 23-Aug-16 07:22:26

I buy M&S shoes. They seem fine to me and are half the price of clarks.

girlsyearapart Tue 23-Aug-16 07:32:05

scrappy I'm planning on going to the Somerset Clarks outlet this week as have 4 dc to get school shoes for.
Was it madness there?

lilydaisyrose Tue 23-Aug-16 10:45:37

Hi little,

I bought one of these -

Hooe you get some cheaper shoes!

MilkRunningOutAgain Tue 23-Aug-16 15:26:52

Sainbury's are OK too and much cheaper.

scrappydappydoo Tue 23-Aug-16 16:38:39

girls - I went a few weeks ago so its probably much busier now. I would get there at opening just in case. We got both dc measured that split up to find shoes - dh with dc2 and me with dc1 - then we got the ticket to have them fitted together.

girlsyearapart Tue 23-Aug-16 17:15:27

I think I'll just have to resign myself to it taking a long time as I'll be by myself and it won't be first thing as I'm coming back from holidays sad

Noseypoke Tue 23-Aug-16 17:16:47

brantano quite often have 40% off codes and they sell clarks shoes.

nat73 Wed 24-Aug-16 09:44:13
Shoes are made by Courtaulds and about £20 for decent pair. We love them!

Stellabystarlight Thu 25-Aug-16 00:06:48

Buy the Clarks home measuring gauge (on their website) have it delivered, measure DCs feet at home and go to an outlet store alone!

If you don't have DC in tow needing fitted and know the size, the end of holiday scrum is much easier to manage.

And after seeing the way some of the clarks assistants measured my DCs feet in the past I am confident my ability to use the foot gauge at the very least matches theirs.

littleoctonauts Thu 25-Aug-16 19:43:10

Thank you some more great tips! I'll look into that measuring guage. I'm going to try the print out from the start rite website first tho and see how easy that is to use.

Many thanks

tillyann2013 Thu 25-Aug-16 19:44:21

Just got some geox on Amazon, £24!

girlsyearapart Thu 25-Aug-16 21:44:08

Went to Clarks village today got shoes for all 4 for £94
Dh still did the how much??? thing angry

JinkxMonsoon Thu 25-Aug-16 21:46:24

I went for Sainsburys for my DD starting Reception. The reviews were good, and I figured if she scuffs them badly in the first term, I'd rather pay £18 than £34+ from Clarks.

Peanutbutterpussycat Fri 26-Aug-16 09:14:35

Dd starting year one but in her school the reception dc all wear school tracksuits and trainers in reception so cant wait to see her look like a little girl.
Am not too keen on clarks but am toying between kickers ( my choice ) or lelli kellys ( her choice ) probably due to the interchangeable straps.
Any experience of these?

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