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Please can you recommend school shoes for 14yr old boys?!

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Chocamochalatte Fri 29-Aug-14 18:13:25

We got through so many pairs last year, stuck with what to get for this term, is it worth spending out?? The most I've spent is on Clarks and they've been rubbish sad

myotherusernameisbetter Fri 29-Aug-14 19:14:46

Depends what he does in them and what styles he likes. Neither of my son's can wear slip ons as they have a high instep.

Eldest (14) is not too fussed about fashion and he is on his 2nd pair of these (others outgrown, not worn out):

Younger son (13) is a bit of a fashion victim and has Kickers shoes very similar to these:

and they have lasted well - I've ordered a pair of these which I found on sale in the next size.

Neither play football in them and don't walk miles to and from school but I have been impressed with both styles.

myotherusernameisbetter Fri 29-Aug-14 19:16:09

these are the actual original kickers ones he has but don't seem to be available any more:

Travelledtheworld Fri 29-Aug-14 19:19:25

Similar problem here.
DS is 14 with size 11 feet. Last year I lashed out £80 for a pair of Clark's Goretex lined shoes. They were very good, a godsend in the wet and muddy winter and lasted a whole year.

Unfortunately they have changed the style and this years version just do not fit his feet, which are long and narrow. All of Clarkes shoes seem to be too big round the heels.

So it has been back to Clark's again for a mediocre pair this that don't fit terribly well. Not as expensive though.

We live in a small town with only one shoe shop. The alternative is a trip to the big city and DS is very reluctant to go along with that.....

Any suggestions for robust, black lace ups which will fit a size 11 with a High arch ?

Travelledtheworld Fri 29-Aug-14 19:22:02

Thanks myotherusername I will try Sports Direct......

myotherusernameisbetter Fri 29-Aug-14 19:22:12

Both pairs posted are good for a high arch travelled and eldest is an 11 and younger a 10 - neither has broad feet.

Heyho111 Fri 29-Aug-14 20:47:21

I get my sons from next they seem to last ok and are trendy. He's a bit too old for clarkes. They are seen for littlens at their age.

myotherusernameisbetter Fri 29-Aug-14 20:48:21

I always used to get Next until they got too big sad

Chocamochalatte Fri 29-Aug-14 22:05:59

I like the Kickers but don't thinks DTs will... One is very fashion conscious, the other more worries about having the 'mickey' taken, he also plays football in them hmm

They do walk a little way to school and I have a feeling the route is across the field not around angry

myotherusernameisbetter Fri 29-Aug-14 22:38:06

The style of the Kickers is pretty fashionable although I think the slip on version is more so.

Are you looking more for a trainer style? Unless you are going for leather Vans or Converse then I don't think those are particularly "in".

thelmachicken Fri 29-Aug-14 22:39:07

Ricosta shoes last us all year.

thelmachicken Fri 29-Aug-14 22:39:30

That's if he doesn't grow of course!

1Cheesedoff Fri 29-Aug-14 22:48:27

Asda great leather shoes and trendy too

myotherusernameisbetter Fri 29-Aug-14 22:48:34

I dream of mine not growing - i just wish they would reach full size and be done with it now sad

Predicted height between 6'3 and 6'6 - currently 5'10 and a half and 5' 9 and a half at just turned 14 and 13 adult size M to L in clothes.

wooldonor Fri 29-Aug-14 22:52:04

I've had a good experience with Next from the mens department and a not so good one from the schoolwear side.

What size are you looking at?

myotherusernameisbetter Fri 29-Aug-14 23:13:40

A lot of the more reasonably priced Next shoes aren't leather anymore which is a shame.

chocolatespiders Fri 29-Aug-14 23:15:02

Dr Martans?

Coolas Fri 29-Aug-14 23:23:11

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bubby64 Sat 30-Aug-14 13:23:34

I took my 2 (both almost 14) to Brantanos the other day, and they both found decent leather shoes that fitted well, they deemed fashionable enough, and I deemed sensible enough for school. Fulfilling all those criteria and only having to go to one shop was a blessing!

Chocamochalatte Sat 30-Aug-14 20:31:46

Around a size 39/5, they would love Vans but are not 'allowed', must be 'polishable' (if that's even a word!)

Tried Next, nothing they liked, nowhere near an Asda, Brantano limited choice in their size... Not tried Ricosta, off to 'the city' Monday as live on a tiny island with limited High Street shops!

myotherusernameisbetter Sat 30-Aug-14 20:54:17

Black leather Vans are polishable. smile

Chocamochalatte Sun 31-Aug-14 07:18:10

Ah... What are the soles like? Hard wearing??

GnomeDePlume Sun 31-Aug-14 08:37:38

I would also suggest Doc Martens especially if they are walking to school.

Chocrock Sun 31-Aug-14 08:41:36

Dr Martens last a whole year for my DS and he plays football in them at luchtime

myotherusernameisbetter Sun 31-Aug-14 08:52:13

I have no idea Choca, my friend looked at those and the leather converse for her son as the school he was going to was s bit more trendy than the one my son's go to and a lot of the kids were getting trainers. The uniform specifies black shoes though so he didn't want to either stand out as a square or defy the rules. Those were a good compromise. I think he went for the converse, but I think the vans have thicker soles.

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