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Top 10 school shoes from schuh kids for boys and girls

Make sure your kid’s stepping in style when they return to the classroom with the best shoes from schuh kids.

By Rebecca Roberts | Last updated Aug 24, 2023

Top 10 school shoes from schuh kids for boys and girls

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With a new school term fast approaching, we’re sure shopping for school shoes is soon to become an essential task on your list. Beyond being a mere accessory, the right school shoe plays a crucial role in ensuring a comfortable and confident experience for young learners. But with a myriad of options available, all promising a blend of style and functionality, the process of finding the perfect pair for your DC can often feel like you’re banging your head against a wall a difficult task. 

Thankfully, to make your hunt for school shoes less painful, schuh kids are on hand to offer a guiding hand and help parents out. 

schuh kids understand that finding the ideal fit is paramount, and with their in-store fitting service, you can rest assured knowing your child’s feet have been accurately measured. For those of you unable to visit in person, fret not, as schuh kids’ offers a comprehensive online fitting guide. Moreover, with their one year returns policy and complimentary delivery on orders over £25, schuh kids ensure your shopping experience is as effortless as it is rewarding. 

That’s not all - if you recycle your child’s old pair of shoes with schuh kids’ “Too Big For Your Boots” initiative, you’ll receive a fiver off your next pair! 

So, grab those old school shoes your kids have outgrown and head to schuh kids ahead of the new school term. To help you and your DC find their perfect pair of new shoes, keep reading for our guide to the 10 best school shoes from schuh kids for 2023. 

Top schuh kids school shoes: Quick glance

1

Dr Martens Black Maccy, £59

What we like
  • Popular Dr Martens style 

  • Easy hook and loop fastenings

  • Patent leather

What we don't like
  • Make sure to try your child’s size before buying

Key specs

Materials: Patent leather, fabric, AirWair PVC | Colour: Black | Brand: Dr Martens | Sizes available: UK 10 (junior) to UK 3 (youth) 

What Mumsnet users say
Foxesandsquirrels · Tried & Tested
My DD wore velcro Dr Martens for most of primary.
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SullysBabyMama · Recommended
Dr Martens are popular at my children’s school also
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Our verdict

First on our list of kids shoes for school - the Maccy shoes by Dr Martens - where style, durability, and comfort meet in a pair of shoes. Crafted with a chic black patent leather upper, these kids’ sized shoes are sure to last the entire year. The classic AirWair PVC outsole and secure hook-and-loop fastenings ensure your child’s feet stay supported and snug.

2

New Balance White & Purple 530, £70

What we like
  • ABZORB midsole for extra cushion

  • Elasticated laces

  • Perfect for PE and sports

What we don't like
  • Pricier than other trainer options

Key specs

Materials: Man-made, mesh, fabric, ABZORB, rubber, elasticated laces | Colour: White and purple | Brand: New Balance | Sizes available: UK 5 (infant) to UK 5 (youth)

Our verdict

Elevate your child’s style game with the New Balance 530 - available from size 5 infant through to size 5 youth, these trainers are a seamless fusion of fashion and comfort that demands attention. Engineered with a breathable mesh upper, embellished by sleek synthetic overlays, these sneakers not only make a bold fashion statement but also prioritise uncompromising comfort. 

The innovative ABZORB midsole technology ensures a plush, cushioned stride, while the stretchy, elasticated laces make it easy for kids to slide on and go. Complete with charming lilac accents, these kicks are not just a trendy must-have, but also the perfect companion for active pursuits, whether it’s your kid’s PE lesson or on the sports field. 

3

adidas Black & White Stan Smith, £50

What we like
  • Iconic design downsized for kids

  • Retro accents

What we don't like
  • Also available in white

  • Youth sizes only

Key specs

Materials: Man-made, fabric, ortholite, rubber cupsole | Colour: Black and white | Brand: adidas | Sizes available: 3, 4 and 5 (youth)

What Mumsnet users say
Madamecastafior · Recommended
Vogue has said that retro trainers will be all the rage this year, Gola, Stan Smiths and Gazelles.
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Rotormotor · Tried & Tested
Stan Smiths are a classic and go with everything.
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Our verdict

Step up your kids' footwear game with the legendary adidas Stan Smith style, now perfectly sized for the younger generation. If you’re searching for black trainers for school that are also comfortable and stylish, these are a great option. Embrace plimsoll perfection as the iconic black and white man-made upper takes centre stage, adorned with timeless perforated 3-Stripe branding and a touch of vintage flair.

Read next: How to properly fit your child's school shoes

4

schuh Black Learn Mocassin, £38

What we like
  • Slip resistant design

  • Leather and memory foam for comfort

What we don't like
  • Lace up fastenings 

Key specs

Materials: Leather, memory foam | Colour: Black | Brand: schuh | Sizes available: UK 10 (junior) to UK 5 (youth) 

Our verdict

Crafted from high-quality leather, these Learn Moccasins by schuh offer a touch of sophistication that easily adapts to both classroom settings and casual hangouts. 

The memory foam insole ensures all-day comfort, so your young scholar can stay focused and energised. Plus, with a slip-resistant outsole, these shoes provide a secure grip, minimising any mishaps during those bustling school days. 

5

schuh Black Lacy Loafer, £28

What we like
  • Scuff resistant and long-lasting

  • Recycled materials

  • Memory foam for increased comfort

What we don't like
  • Slip on style

Key specs

Materials: Man-made, fabric, rubber, recycled PU, memory foam | Colour: Black | Brand: schuh | Sizes available: UK 10 (junior) to UK 6 (youth)

Our verdict

Made with care, the Lacy Loafer by schuh boasts a recycled PU upper, highlighting the brand’s commitment to sustainability. The memory foam insole guarantees day-long comfort, while the scuff-resistant technology ensures that these shoes stay as fresh as your child's style. Whether it's a school day or a special occasion, the schuh kids Lacy Loafer offers the perfect blend of fashion-forward design and practicality.

6

New Balance Black & White 327, £70

What we like
  • Oversized N feature

  • Flared midsole

  • Lugged rubber heel wrap

What we don't like
  • Available in all black also

Key specs

Materials: Man-made and suede, fabric, lugged rubber | Colour: Black and white | Brand: New Balance | Sizes available: UK 6 to 9 (toddler) and UK 3 to 5 (youth) 

What Mumsnet users say
whiteonesugar · Recommended
I have 3 pairs. I love them, they are one of the only trainers I have found that fit my foot shape perfectly, I have wide but small feet with narrow heels. My 327s are my favourite!
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pentatws · Tried & Tested
I love mine. I bought a pair last year and found them so comfortable I bought four more pairs and my poor gazelles don't get a look in!
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Our verdict

While this is our second New Balance option in our lineup, it's important not to underestimate the appeal of the brand's 327 trainers for your child – they're undoubtedly one of the most stylish and comfortable choices of the season, and perhaps even the entire year.

The New Balance 327 seamlessly blends classic design elements with contemporary panache. Crafted with a combination of man-made materials and suede for the upper, these 327s are black and white and would be a great option for trainers in and out of school. With a lugged rubber outsole that guarantees exceptional traction, these shoes make a strong fashion statement while remaining incredibly versatile for school and various activities beyond.

7

schuh Black Letter Ballerina, £26

What we like
  • Timeless design

  • Complements any outfit

  • Memory foam for increased comfort

What we don't like
  • Vegan friendly

Key specs

Materials: Memory foam, patent leather, fabric, rubber | Colour: Black | Brand: schuh | Sizes available: UK 10 (junior) to UK 5 (youth)

Our verdict

Introducing the schuh’s Letter Ballerina, now available in youth sizes, to add a touch of timeless elegance to your child’s wardrobe. 

In a sleek black colourway with a glossy patent upper, these ballerina kids shoes offer a classic look that effortlessly complements any outfit. The convenient buckle closure ensures hassle-free on-and-off, while the memory foam insole promises unparalleled comfort, making these shoes a daily essential that your child will adore.

The vegan-friendly construction also aligns with ethical choices, making it a perfect fit for conscious consumers.

8

Dr Martens Black 8065, £69

What we like
  • Durable and hard-wearing

  • Classic branding

  • Adjustable straps with buckle features

What we don't like
  • Straps are velcro

Key specs

Materials: Leather, fabric, AirWair, PVC | Colour: Black | Brand: Dr Marten | Sizes available: UK 10 (junior) to UK 5 (youth)

What Mumsnet users say
Furiously · Tried & Tested
My 16 yo wears Doc Marten shoes and so do most of her friends. They’re indestructible!
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PathOfLeastResitance · Recommended
My daughter has Dr Marten shoes and they have lasted her brilliantly.
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Our verdict

With a Mary-Jane silhouette, these Dr Martens have been designed for both style and convenience. From classroom to playground, these shoes effortlessly blend functionality with fashion. The hook and loop closure ensures quick and secure wear, making busy mornings a breeze.

While the hook and loop closures have buckle detailing, it’s worth noting that the straps themselves are adjustable by velcro, not by the buckles. Which is great if you have younger children who find velcro easier to manage - but something you should know before buying. 

9

Converse Beige All Star Hi Move, £60

What we like
  • Crafted for comfort

  • Iconic branding

  • Versatile with any outfit

What we don't like
  • Slightly wider than standard Converse design

Key specs

Materials: Leather, fabric, vulcanised rubber | Colour: Beige and white | Brand: Converse | Sizes available: UK 10 (junior) to UK 5 (youth)

What Mumsnet users say
OneRingToRuleThemAll · Recommended
Teenage DDs wear platform converse almost daily and a year in they still look brand new. They both love them and are hankering after another pair.
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Punkkitty · Recommended
Have the flat form converse hi tops in lilac and trainers in black and love them both. They are more comfortable than the normal ones without platform in my opinion!
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Our verdict

Okay, these may not be the best school shoes for PE or otherwise… But for your child’s A/W wardrobe in general, they’re definitely a solid choice of trainer. 

These Converse All Star Hi Move trainers feature a sleek leather upper adorned with iconic branding, while the chunky platform sole unit adds an edgy flair. Designed for both comfort and fashion, these trainers are a definite must-have for any wardrobe. Mumsnet users swear by the fact they’re comfier than the original Converse All Star Hi tops, and a great if your DC has wider feet.

10

Nike Black and Blue Air Max 270, £90

What we like
  • Striking design

  • Breathable fabrics

  • Sock-like, snug and secure fit

What we don't like
  • An expensive choice 

Key specs

Materials: Woven, synthetic fabric, Air Max cushioning, foam, rubber | Colour: Black, blue, white | Brand: Nike | Sizes available: UK 10 (junior) to UK 5 (youth)

What Mumsnet users say
TokyoSushi · Recommended
These, and all his friends too. He's been wearing the same trainers for about 2 years now and I thought they might have gone out of fashion, but it seems not…
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Our verdict

These shoes have been a firm favourite among the DC of our Mumsnet users in the last few years, and it’s easy to see why. With a striking black and blue design, the Nike Air Max 270 are designed with a breathable woven upper that’s as lightweight as it is stylish.

The sock-like inner ensures a snug and secure fit, enveloping your child’s feet with every step, while the iconic 270-degree Max Air heel unit delivers unbeatable cushioning.

About schuh kids

At schuh kids, we understand that kids’ shoes are a top priority. We believe that those growing feet deserve nothing but the best. Our curated range of shoes for both girls and boys showcases a collection of renowned brands designed to cater to even the tiniest sizes. 

Ensuring an impeccable fit is our mission, and with our comprehensive kids’ shoe size guide and convenient conversion chart, you can rest assured knowing your child has shoes on that are the perfect fit. 

All schuh stores carry a range of kids shoes, so, use our store finder to locate a store near you where our experts can personally measure your child’s feet to ensure an accurate fit. 

At schuh, we've always pushed the boundaries to surpass customer expectations. Our dedication is showcased through initiatives such as our 365-day customer returns policy. We pride ourselves on making our entire product inventory accessible to all customers, regardless of their location.

Join us at schuh kids, where we prioritise the needs of growing feet and strive to exceed expectations with every step. 

About the author

Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she commissions, writes, and edits to bring parents content designed to make life easier. As a mum of two children - a preschooler and toddler - she knows all too well the importance of finding them comfortable shoes that fit correctly while not hindering their growth. So, she’s fully invested in helping parents find the best school shoes for their DC for the new school term.

Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog.