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Best foot forward: best places to buy school shoes online

best places to buy school shoes online

With a little bit of luck, the kids will be stepping through the school gates on the 8 March after months of homeschooling, and chances are they're going to need some new footwear to go along with that back to school dance we'll be doing at the school gate. Here's where to buy school shoes online for kids that won't put too big a boot-shaped hole in your wallet...


best places to buy school shoes online
Photography: Next

With plimsolls starting at £5 a pop, and sturdy school shoes at £15 a pair, there are a ton of styles for kids of all ages over at Next. As well as its own brand, you can also pick up snazzy footwear by Clarks, Start-rite, Hush Puppies and Kickers.

Sports Direct

best places to buy school shoes online
Photography: Sports Direct

Stop by the school shoe section in Sports Direct (or order online) and bag yourself a bargain! Canvas styles start at just £4 a pair, and brogues are in the sale starting at £5 a pair! Be quick, people: these money-savers are going to run off the shelves pretty darn quick, we reckon.


best places to buy school shoes online
Photography: Schuh

With a cool video on its site showing you how to measure your kiddos' feet, next day delivery service and the option to spread payments over three months, there's a pair of something cool for everyone at Schuh. We're loving those Kickers pictured above, and also have our eye on some snazzy Dr Martens for our older kids.

Marks & Spencer

best places to buy school shoes online
Photography: Marks & Spencer

A smart pair of leather school shoes from Marks & Spencer will cost you from £7 a pair, and we've gotta say we're rather impressed with its range. There are 43 different styles to choose from, so even the fussiest of kids should find something they like. Hopefully. Delivery is free if you spend over £50 (easy done once you've finished popping all that uniform in your basket!). Next day delivery is available for £4.99, or click and collect for free.


best places to buy school shoes online
Photography: Matalan

Matalan's is the stalwart of affordable school uniform, and it's come up with the bargain goods again this year too. Shoes start at just £5 a pair, but if you're ordering online then do it quick: deliveries are taking around 10 days at the mo and you don't want the kiddos going back to school barefoot! There's also a 20% discount happening right now so be sure to add 20FLASH at checkout.


best places to buy school shoes online
Photography: Clarks

It's not the cheapest shoe shop on the block, but with over 200 years of expert shoemaking under its belt plus the fact it puts its school shoes through 60 tough tests before a style hits the shelves, Clarks knows a thing or two about caring for growing feet while providing unbeatable all-day comfort. Prices start at £36 a pair.

John Lewis

best places to buy school shoes online
Photography: John Lewis

There are well over 100 styles of school shoes at John Lewis, with brands including Geox, Start-rite and Lelli Kelly. We're particularly impressed with the amount of decent choice for older kids: those teens are a tough crowd to please, but we think even they will find something they are happy to wear at John Lewis.

Happy shopping, and, more importantly, well done on surviving this second round of learning from home!

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