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School shoes for new year 7.

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hoolahoolagirl Tue 16-Jul-13 10:07:57

My daughter is due to start secondary school in September - big step and lots of growing up I expect! confused

I have been recently thinking about school uniform and was a little stumped with the shoes. She is currently wearing Mary Jayne style clarks shoes which have been fine but we both agree are a bit young looking.

What type of shoes do girls wear at secondary school? She will have to do a lot of walking. Any help greatly appreciated smile

iheartdusty Tue 06-Aug-13 14:21:56

DD went shopping with DH and they came back with these

I hope they'll be OK. School rules say leather, black, no logos, so they may fall foul of the logo rule. Which would be a shame, because they look like really practical durable shoes.

xylem8 Mon 05-Aug-13 19:49:17

Lots of the Y7 girls wore These brogues

dementedma Tue 30-Jul-13 22:43:18

More evidence that English schools are Mich stricter than Scottish ones, or at least round here where the uniform list only specifies "black".
Have bought Ds karrimors which are more of a trainer/shoe cross but can't really see anyone complaining.
Dds wore pretty much anything and no-one seemed to mind.

GraduallyGoingInsane Fri 26-Jul-13 12:02:45

My DDs have brogues or ballet flats with a strap. DD1 had brogues from Dune - about £40 and lasted all year. DD2 had Topshop brogues which lasted until about March, and then ballet flats with strap from Step2wo sale. DD3 had Topshop ballet flats with strap which lasted.

Next year DD2 and DD3 want brogues. DD1 fancies those slipper like shoes (like this, but plain: ) but as the school says no slip ons she's not going to get them. Apparently uniform rules don't apply as much in Year 13, despite what the planner and website might say..

PearlyWhites Thu 25-Jul-13 20:22:26

Leather vans btw

PearlyWhites Thu 25-Jul-13 20:21:54

Vans or kickers

Rufus43 Thu 25-Jul-13 20:11:12

Did a straw poll the other day (stared at feet, very technical) about 30 girls checked. It was 50/50 between lace up brogue style and ballet pumps, except for one girl who had patent leather doc martins! Loved them!

orangeandemons Thu 25-Jul-13 18:16:49

But you can buy leather Vans....

pointythings Thu 25-Jul-13 18:12:25

Well, went to buy school shoes today and the DDs both went for these. I like them - cushioned for the long walk to school, dead easy to polish, nice robust sole. I may get myself a pair.

MadeOfStarDust Wed 24-Jul-13 19:08:52

Ours all wear Mary Jane's or lace ups- no ballet type flats, no kickers, no canvas (except with religious exemption)...

GrimmaTheNome Wed 24-Jul-13 18:11:29

Just got DDs school shoes - do I have the only girl going into year 10 who can still be persuaded to get Clarkes? grin. Brogues with a slight wedge - she's hoping they will make her no longer the shortest in her year. Being mistaken for a cute little year 7 was starting to wear very thin!

alimac87 Wed 24-Jul-13 17:29:24

Beware of patent brogues - we bought them for DD, they looked great but she got terrible blisters from them as the leather wouldn't give. Had to be sent home on Day 2 to change!

Now wears black ballet pump with strap, or black trainers.

kilmuir Tue 23-Jul-13 19:20:22

Lace ups popular with year 9s

pointythings Tue 23-Jul-13 19:17:26

DD1 wore the Clarks brogue style this year and will be looking to get something similar for her now very much bigger feet. (adult sizes now) Her school allows any shoe as long as it is black, not a trainer and has no high heel - she is fortunately allowed boots for winter, as long as they are black.

gerbilsarefun Mon 22-Jul-13 08:10:09

My dd has been wearing clarks ballet style pumps with the strap, as already mentioned. They have lasted all year, she seems to be heavy on shoes. The same type from brantano fell apart in a term. Her school are strict as in they must be black, no colour anywhere, but not on the type, they can wear trainers or boots.

Madmog Fri 19-Jul-13 10:24:53

My daughter was only size 12.5 when she started Year 7, so if I wanted something decent, it had to be Clarks. She has just been fitted for size 1 and accepted without any complaints the same style again. Looking around there are other girls with her style of shoe, so she wasn't completely out of play. Three of her friends started off with brogues, two of them now have pump styles and the other has reverted back to a strap across the foot.

HeyCarrieAnn Fri 19-Jul-13 08:44:08

I've never had them fall apart, either. Ds always grows out of shoes before they fall apart (and I'm talking a year plus not a few months). He doesn't play sport. But I've just found Clarks to be stiffer, less comfortable and generally less well made than Start Rite or Ecco. And the boys range much less formal, too, which is the main reason we don't shop there!

Bunbaker Fri 19-Jul-13 07:03:35

I have never had a pair of Clarks shoes fall apart. Some children on here must be exceptionally hard on shoes.

I now buy all of DD's school shoes from Kids at Clinks because they offer a much wider range and DD has narrow feet so she is difficult to buy for.

Clary Thu 18-Jul-13 22:32:31

Yes my DD also just finishing yr 7 had the lace up Clarks ones, like the start rite ones linked below.

Lots and lots of girls at the school I teach at wore them too which means they must be totally acceptable (anything uncool would not be tolerated in such numbers there grin)

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 18-Jul-13 21:58:51

Dds feet grow very slowly. Sometimes only half a size per year. She's always had start rite and they've lasted well. Claris lasted less than one term.

HeyCarrieAnn Thu 18-Jul-13 21:45:14

Start Rite have always been MUCH better quality than Clarks, imo. Ditto Ecco.

Takver Thu 18-Jul-13 21:16:48

Does anyone know how well Startrite shoes last? We've not had good experiences with Clarks, and as I suspect dd's feet may not grow too much for a while (fingers crossed) I'd rather pay a bit more for something that would last. These I think she would like, for example.

lottieandmia Thu 18-Jul-13 20:49:50

Brogues are definitely in but the sales assistant in Russell and Bromley told me their own brand (which also cost a fortune) fall apart very quickly.

lottieandmia Thu 18-Jul-13 20:47:53

My dd has the ballet pump with strap style (startrite). I think they look lovely on her - she'll be in year 7. I think Kickers are horrible but that's just me...

mummytime Thu 18-Jul-13 20:45:59

You can go wrong with Kickers - they are not fashionable here and wouldn't be "suitable for school" either.

In deep snow DCs strict secondary normally lets them wear Mufti until the worst of the snow has melted (SE England though).

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