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Tell me about school shoes for teenage boys

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Mapletreelane · 03/09/2020 21:36

My 13 year old boy going into Y9 has just had a panic as his shoes are too embarrassing. (They are same style as his Y8 shoes!) They are Next plain lace ups. He says they make him look like a lawyer. School has banned anything with a logo, even in black leather, so that rules out vans/converse/nike/adidas etc. I'm at a bit of a loss as to where go next, so any experiences as to what is deemed not embarrassing by Y9 boys most welcome! He is size 8.

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SlantyBaws · 03/09/2020 21:46

DS (also 13) has been wearing doc marten boots for the last year. No logos to be seen and very comfy. Would they be allowed?

MySaladDays75 · 03/09/2020 21:53

My son going into year 9 has had these twice, they've lasted until he's grown out of them.

NancyNoNickers · 03/09/2020 21:57

My year 11 got these, suitably trainer-y to be cool but smart enough for school

Langsdestiny · 03/09/2020 22:00

It really depends on your school. Ours have a powerpoint of acceptable shoes Grin. Also no one looks at school shoes.

Mapletreelane · 03/09/2020 22:07

Thanks for the suggestions . Docs hadn't even occurred to me. The kickers alas not allowed. The next ones probably too smart for him. I think I'll check the docs out. Are docs still perceived as cool? And definitely comfy (he's a fussy one on fit). Girls so much easier for shoes!

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showmethewaytothemagic · 03/09/2020 22:35

Would he wear a loafer style? I have no idea what is acceptable though my DS is 4 Grin

Muchtoomuchtodo · 03/09/2020 22:37

Our year 10 ds had got these

Overseasmom100 · 03/09/2020 22:42

I had this and this is the advice I got. At13 he still has a childs foot his foot is still growing and developing. Although he's a mans size, mens shoes are heavy and wearing all day at school could make his feet ache.

Stick to getting his foot properly measured. Clarks do teenager school shoes that are modern but light weight and soft leather.

I go to Charles Clinkard who do Clarks teenager school shoes his foot gets properly measured

Legoandloldolls · 03/09/2020 22:50

My 13 year old is still in velcro Clark's ( mainly as he is dyspraxic and although he has mastered places, he doesnt need any more reason to trip up 🤣

My 16 year old managed to brake the rules for two years by wearing black trainers. I think if you can get the most shoe like trainer you can find. But that's near impossible with the logo.

When I the "sorry I'm.wearing trainers, I lost my ahoes" note no longer cut it, he got a pair of DM for £65. Then the school shut the next week for lockdown.

M&S have some nice mens shoes that are good for school. I got some a pair for £40 once and they lasted the year.

Vargas · 03/09/2020 22:52

Clarks, properly measured. Or Start Rite Rhinos?
Docs can take ages to get broken in, so probably not best for growing feet.

Mapletreelane · 04/09/2020 07:42

Thanks all!

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MrsJBaptiste · 04/09/2020 08:16

We just go to Sports Direct and get whatever is half decent in there. My two hate loafers/slip on men's shoes so go for something chunky which don't look too bad. Considering the eldest is very much into his branded clothing these days, they were always ok with a £30 pair of normal school shoes! Probably because the school is so strict about uniform that everyone has to wear boring normal shoes!

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