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Can we talk school shoes please.....Boys in particular..I need help!!!!!!!!!!

(63 Posts)
Dozymare Mon 28-Jul-08 18:10:55

Ok, DS is starting school in September and I have been looking at school shoes in advance as he has wide feet (g/f fitting) and I really really HATE anything flashing, with a toy car in or clumpy....

What I would really like are some good old fashioned t-bars.....;the boy's equivalents for Mary janes....can anyone help??!


seeker Mon 28-Jul-08 18:13:18

Have you tried Russell and Bromley? I got my ds some fab boat shoes from there.

But do be a bit careful. My friend's ds was teased horribly about his Start-Rite T bar sandals. It starts very young, I'm afraid.

Dozymare Mon 28-Jul-08 18:14:40

really?! For wearing t-bars?! Am shock.....Don't R+B just stock start rite though?? Have looked on their website (startrite) and nothing!!

seeker Mon 28-Jul-08 18:19:19

Really. They all said they were girl's shoes and she had to get him some different ones in the end. And that was a "nice" primary school!

The other thing to remember is that they TRASH their shoes once they start school! The lovely boat shoes I mentioned lasted less than a term! I gave up in the end and got my ds Clarks school shoes with toys in the heels like everyone else.

itati Mon 28-Jul-08 18:20:42

My son has grown out of his. Do you want me to post a pic to see if they are the style you mean and then someone can help you find some?

lljkk Mon 28-Jul-08 18:22:35

DC had never had toys in shoes, & they mostly have Clarks, too.
Mind, DS1 current school shoes came from variety shop for about a tenner. We went up 2 sizes to get him the width (he's F/G, too). Agree about the trashing them, especially after boys discover footie.

Dozymare Mon 28-Jul-08 19:02:06

He trashes shoes already so used to that!!!!!!!

itati please do post a picture of your son's shoes.....

I think I am just very old fashioned re flashing lights and toys in shoes (and they were clarks, check out their website to see what I mean!)

itati Mon 28-Jul-08 19:02:33

Just about to have dinner but will do!

itati Mon 28-Jul-08 19:31:14

Need a clean but show the style

Dozymare Mon 28-Jul-08 19:50:37

was thinking more t bar style.....thanks anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!

itati Mon 28-Jul-08 19:53:03

no idea about t bars for boys.

brimfull Mon 28-Jul-08 19:54:03

don't think they make them these days dozy,hence the difficulty finding them

your ds would be teased mercilessly as they would be seen as girls shoes

giddykipper Mon 28-Jul-08 19:57:44

Would something like this be a happy compromise?

brimfull Mon 28-Jul-08 20:02:11

I think this is what the op means but these are girls

Dozymare Mon 28-Jul-08 20:04:56

ggirl - thanks for the link - I was thinking exactly along these lines but obviously not the girls version...I can remember all the boys at my old school worn t bars but admitidly they were clumpier than the girls......i just can't bear the flashing lights or gimmicky toys that clarks do and think the Ecco are a good compromise.......

Thanks Giddy for the ecco link!

giddykipper Mon 28-Jul-08 20:06:56

I've just starting buying DS ecco shoes because they are great for wide feet - Clark's G fitting (the widest in his shoe size) is too narrow but ecco ones are much better.

wordgirl Mon 28-Jul-08 20:09:19

Boys' t-bar shoes here

Dozymare Mon 28-Jul-08 20:12:58

I LOVE the startrite SHUFFLE...exactly what I am looking for but the only problem is...only goes up to a size 8!!!!!!!! Am looking for a 10!!!

Dozymare Mon 28-Jul-08 20:13:59

Giddy good for my DS then as he is also they stock Ecco in Russell and Bromley do you know???

JackieNo Mon 28-Jul-08 20:18:15

I'd guess these are too sandally (is that a word?).

Dozymare Mon 28-Jul-08 20:21:46

they are lovely but perhaps a bit too summery??? Do you think??? Should i just succumb to flashing back boring boring....

RusselBrussel Mon 28-Jul-08 20:30:02

I think whilst a Tbar style may be nice for Sept, Oct, they are not too great through the winter. My ds never ever wore the wellyboots the school asked us to provide for playtime (neither did the other children) so they used their school shoes to run through the wet playground at playtime. Any shoe which manages to keep the feet semi-dry is okay by me. And T bars would fail miserably I'm afraid...

brimfull Mon 28-Jul-08 20:31:06

they all wear the velcro fastening ones as they're easy to do themselves
ds's school they have to be black and he's already asking for the ones that look trainerish for septemberhmm

JackieNo Mon 28-Jul-08 20:31:30

Yes - they wouldn't last the winter. Tbh, I think I'd bite the bullet, and get him something more ordinary.

giddykipper Mon 28-Jul-08 20:31:35

I don't know about R&B - we have a small independent children's shoe shop in town that stocks them. If you are near Cheshire Oaks there's an outlet there. There's also a store in Manchester if you are anywhere near there. There are bound to be others.

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