Looking for school shoes can be one major expense, so you want to make sure you purchase a pair that will last, and be comfortable too. Oh, and let's not forget that your child has to like them too, or else you'll have a battle on your hands for the whole school year. Our easy to follow guide allows you to narrow down the best of what's out there when it comes to school shoes...
Best School Shoes Deals
We'll keep you up to date with the latest offers and best deals on school shoes ready for the new school term right here:
- COMING SOON: Lidl Back To School Event includes Leather School Shoes £6.99, School Trainers £5.99, School Plimsolls £2.49. In store from Thursday 6th August
- COMING SOON: Aldi Back To School Event*includes leather school shoes, price tbc, online from 9th August, in store from 13th August
- Start-Rite Outlet: School shoes from £15* with free delivery, free returns and Growing Room Guarantee.
- Deichmann: Buy One Get One Half Price on all school shoes*ends 6th September
- Asda George: School shoes from £6*
- Shoe Zone: School shoes from £7.99*
Clarks Back To School Fit Guarantee
Clarks have introduced their Back To School Fit Guarantee for 2020. This means you can buy the kids' school shoes now and Clarks guarantee that they’ll fit perfectly in September with the full growing room.
They are so confident that they even guarantee size infant 10+ shoes will fit until 28th February 2021 and infant size 7-9.5 until 30th November 2020. If they don't, Clarks will exchange for a new pair. It's as simple as that.
You can check out the T&Cs here*. This guarantee is valid on purchases made from 13th July 2020 until 14th September 2020.
Book your Clarks appointment online* for school shoe fittings.
Start-Rite Growing Room Guarantee
As well as Clarks, Start-Rite also have a Growing Room Guarantee*, that offers a full refund if you buy school shoes early and they don't fit at the beginning of term.
The Start-Rite growing room guarantee covers all school shoes purchased online from 13th July 2020. This means that you can order your children's school shoes, safe in the knowledge that should their feet grow and the shoes no longer fit, you can return them - free of charge - for a full refund.
You can return up to three months after purchase, and shoes must be returned unworn and in the original box; suitable for re-sale. Read the full terms and conditions of the Growing Room Guarantee here*.
Character & Light Up School Shoes @ Asda George
Are your kids mad for Marvel, Disney or Trolls? Asda George have a big selection of novelty school shoes, with features like light-up logos, embossed pictures, and even toys in the heel! Here's what's for sale:
- Batman Light Up Shoes* from £13
- Marvel Avengers Light Up Shoes* from £14
- Harry Potter Black 1 Strap School Shoes* from £14
- Marvel Spider-Man Sidekick Black Embossed 2 Strap School Shoes* from £19
- Disney Frozen Light Up School Shoes* from £13
- Disney Aladdin Jasmine Black Light up School Shoes* from £13
- Minnie Mouse Girls Black Patent 1 Strap School Shoes* from £14
- Girls Trolls Black T-Bar School Shoes* from £14
- Disney Frozen 2 Elsa Sidekick Girls Black Patent 1 Strap School Shoes* from £19
Girls School Shoes
T-Bar School Shoes
- Black T-Bar School Shoes* from £16 @ Next
- Street Soar Kid Black Leather Shoes* £36 @ Clarks
- Isabelle Black Leather T-Bar School Shoes*was £49.99 now £15 @ Start Rite
School Shoes For Teenage Girls With Heels
- Black Suedette Flared Block Heel Court Shoes*£13.49 (was £17.99) @ New Look
- Comfort Plus Carly* £16 @ Wynsors
Patent School Shoes
- Girls Black Patent Butterfly Light Up Shoes* from £13 @ Asda George
- Girls Patent Black Mary Jane School Shoes* £12 @ Peacocks
- Lelli Kelly Children's Classic Mary Jane Riptape School Shoes, Black Patent* £39.90 @ John Lewis & Partners
- Princess Stardust Khloe Black School Shoes* £9 @ Wynsors
Boys School Shoes
Wanting hardy black school shoes for your boys? Deichmann*, Shoe Zone* and Asda George* offer boys school shoes for those of you on a tight budget, but if you have a bit more to spend then you might want to invest in Kickers or Timberland boots.
Boys Shoes for Under £10
- KP85 Boys Lace Up School Shoes* £9.99 @ M and M Direct
- Trux Kids Black Easy Fasten School Shoes*£9.99 @ Shoe Zone
- KP85 Boys Velcro Strap Black School Shoes* £9.99 @ M and M Direct
- Taylor & Wright Black Leather Tramline Shoes* was £25 now £10 @ Matalan
Boys School Boots
- ToeZone Younger Boys Twin Strap Leather School Boot*£28 @ Very
- Dinosaur Hunters Austin Black Boots*£14 @ Wynsors
- Kickers Junior Boys Fragma Lace Boot* was £59.99 now £29.99 @ Get The Label
Wynsors School Shoes
Clarks School Shoes
You only have to glance into a Clarks* shoe store over the Summer to see just how popular they are when it comes to school shoes. They measure your child's feet and ensure they get the perfect fitting shoe. You may need to make an appointment to get your child's feet measured in store, or you can buy a Clarks foot gauge* to do it at home.
We have all the best Clarks deals right here.
Kickers School Shoes
Kickers school shoes* are known for being tough and hard-wearing, so if you have a child that can wear shoes out in the first term, then they are for you. They aren't cheap, but what quality footwear is?
You can also get Kickers with up to 65% off at M and M Direct*.
Asda School Shoes
We all know that Asda George sell very affordable School Uniform*, but what's their selection of school shoes like? They have over 30 different styles for each Boys* and Girls*. School footwear is covered by the Asda George 100 Day Satisfaction Guarantee*, so you can't go wrong.
Asda also do a great range of character school shoes, including Frozen, Batman, Spider-Man and more.
Next School Shoes
The good thing about Next, when it comes to school shoes, is that they offer both synthetic and real leather shoes. Let's not forget that they also sell branded footwear too (including Clarks).There are over 100 different styles to choose from for both boys* and girls*, which must make them one of the best places on the high street for choice.
Lelli Kelly School Shoes
When you hear your child ask for Lelli Kelly shoes, you also hear the sound of money emptying from your purse. They aren't cheap that's for sure, but they are the shoes to be seen with in the playground.
Debenhams School Shoes
Debenhams are known for their quality own brands of school footwear*, as well as selling brands like Clarks, Hush Puppies and Kickers. Their selection includes light-up, leather, 'Stay Fresh' and more...
Tesco School Shoes
Tesco sell a selection of school shoes in store, including black trainers, and school shoes with laces. If your local Tesco sells clothing they should have some school shoes on display - the bigger the store, the bigger the choice.
Start-Rite School Shoes
Like Clarks, Start-Rite* have a strong following, and a reputation for longstanding high quality. They also heavily encourage the right size of shoe for your child and offer a host of width sizes to ensure the correct fit.
Black School Trainers
If your children go through traditional black school shoes like nothing else, then it may be time to consider black trainers for school instead. Some schools allow it, whilst other forbid anything other than a black leather shoe to be worn.
When is the best time to buy school shoes?
Off season is the cheapest time to get school shoes, which is November until about February. Having said that, you run the risk of the shoes not fitting correctly. You can pick up bargains if you shop wisely - look out for discount events and clearance sales throughout the whole calendar year.
Where can I buy school shoes on sale or on clearance?
The Clarks Outlet* is a good place to start looking for discounted school shoes. It's also worth keeping an eye on the Next Summer Sale*, Debenhams Blue Cross Event* and M and M Direct for school shoes at rock bottom prices.
How to put on First School Shoes
First school shoes need to be easy for little ones to take on and off. Laces are no problem if your child knows how to tie them, but if they don't then it can cause issues changing for P.E.
Velcro fastenings or riptape*, as it's also known, can be a much more practical option for those 4 or 5 year olds.
How to Tie Laces
Two of the most simplest ways to tie a shoelace are...
The Bunny Ears Method
The Ian Knot
Images: Clarks, Asda George, Deichman