I can't believe there are less than 2 weeks of the school holidays left! Time certainly does fly when you're having fun. Although I have struggled with work-life balance at times, overall we've had a fantastic summer break. It's time to start thinking about getting back into our routine now though (oh how I'm going to miss our lie ins!). I've already sorted the kids' uniforms and PE kits but now it's time to start thinking about school shoes.
I have the same debate with myself every year - should I buy cheap £10 shoes from the supermarket or is it worth investing a little bit more cash and buying shoes of a higher quality that will last? My mum is always quick to remind me that school shoes need a bit of investment and I have to say I agree.
In my 7 years of buying school uniform, I have learned from my mistakes and now know where you can cut corners and where you need to invest. You can get away with cheaper PE kits and sandshoes, buying shirts from a budget range and inexpensive skirts and trousers (as long as they are crease free) however I think the two things you really need to invest in are a good quality winter coat and a decent pair of school shoes.
We walk 1.5 miles to school (and then 1.5 miles back) in ALL weathers so it's very important to me that my children's school shoes are comfortable, warm and waterproof. They also need to be very durable. Harry walks to school by himself sometimes and has a horrible habit of scraping his toes so shoes that can withstand this treatment are always going to get the thumbs up from me.
Towards the end of last term, Harry tested out these Rhino Warrior Black Leather Shoes by Startrite. They are at the very top of my budget at £55 but I think they are 100% worth it. For starters, he wore them for 1 month straight before breaking up from school and there is not a single mark on them. They are definitely super tough. Shoes I've bought him from a supermarket in the past would be falling apart or at least in need of a polish by now. In fact this has just reminded me of the time I decided to try and save a bit of cash by buying cheaper shoes and I was mortified when the sole fell off at school and the teacher had to use an elastic band to keep Harry's shoe together until I picked him up! I've definitely learned my lesson! Never again do I want to be in that situation!
Startrite shoes look smart, are breathable, flexible and keep Harry's feet dry - I couldn't ask for more! They are also super durable and I have no doubt they will last a good 6 months - perhaps even longer. So back to my original question, is it worth investing in your children's school shoes? My answer is definitely yes! They are one of the items you definitely don't want to be cutting corners with, especially if you want to avoid your children's teacher having to explain why your son's shoes are wrapped in elastic bands when you pick him up - CRINGE!
We were sent a pair of Rhino Warrior Shoes in return for an honest review.