Back when Z was starting reception, last year, we did what any clueless parents would do and panic a lot before buying his uniform and running to Clarks for his school shoes. We haven’t really ever looked further afield for school shoes and planned to go back to exactly the same place for the start of the next school year. Then Debenhams asked if we’d like to review something for the new school year and lo and behold, there was a whole school shoe section.
I hadn’t realised that Debenhams do a range of kickers. It took me straight back to my own school days where it was oh so cool to have a pair with the trademark red and green labels with the kickers logo. As kickers always have a bit of a reputation for being strong and comfortable, I opted for a plain black leather pair with velcro straps as Z still isn’t very comfortable doing laces (or rather, he would never do them up and probably trip umpteen times a day!).
Debenhams offer a range of delivery options and we opted to wait 3 to 5 days. Our shoes came within days in a classic kickers box. The ones we chose had a inner arched sole are really comfortable and provide a cushioned feel to the whole shoe. They have a shine to the leather and give off a smart look so they could be worn to a special occasion if you don’t mine the little red and green icons on the side of the shoes. I’m not too sure how long before Z starts to scuff the shine off them in the school yard but I remember my own kickers being very sturdy and lasting quite a while. He’s 5 years old though and loves climbing absolutely everything, putting his shoes to the test. The kickers we have look to have a very good grip so I’m hoping this’ll serve him well when he’s doing all of his climbing.
I found on the Debenhams site that a lot of their kickers range were aimed at older boys but there is a small good selection for small feet too and I hope that they do expand some of their older boys shoes and start doing smaller sizes. Of course, they have more than just kickers and one of the big positives is that they do a whole range of prices so you don’t feel like you’re paying a small fortune for little feet for what are, essentially, plain black shoes for school, especially if you have a little child that has the special ability to completely destroy a pair of shoes within months.
If you’re looking for a pair of shoes for the next school year or just want a bit of inspiration on other bits of school uniform then I’d definitely recommend having a look at the Debenhams range. Their selection is varied even in the black school shoe department and it’s somewhere I think I’d look again when Z needs a new pair.
The products were bought using a gift card from Debenhams as part of their back to school campaign. All words and opinions are our own.