School starts up next week for my kids, and I’m getting things organised for another school term. I buffed the children’s shoes (note: I realisticlaly only do this about once every 3 months) and thought I would report on how the shoes have gone at the half-year mark. Take a look.
The brands: Clarks, Clarks, Lynx, Clarks.
- 2 x Clarks Daytona (expensive $) – Lace Ups: They have lasted well. My two older girls find them comfortable and, apart from the scuffing at the front, they are still in good nick. They just need a bit of polish.
- Lynx Jupiter (middle $) – Mary Jane Style Velcro Strap: These will need replacing in the next month or so I think. They are quite worn now, and some of the stitching is just beginning to come apart. Still, I’m happy with how they have held up. The velcro still works okay so that’s a plus.
- Clarks Ventura (middle $, although expensive for sneakers) – Velcro Sneakers: These are totally trashed. Ha-ha. My son is SO hard on his school shoes. This holidays, I purchased him new shoes and discovered he has grown TWO SIZES in the last 6 months. I wanted to try another brand with him this time, so I went with Sketches. Haven’t purchased this brand before so it will be interesting to see how they hold up to the very vigorous testing my son will inflict on them.
In my experience with school shoes, and how long they last really depends on the child and the quality of shoe. My children who are into sport-type games at lunch time are the hardest on their shoes.
I’ve tried cheap shoes before ($20-$50) and they only usually last a couple of months max, so it’s not worth it in the long run (I end up paying more by the end of the year). The next bracket up ($50-$80) tend to last quite well in my experience (often just as well as the higher bracket) so these are a good option for my children who are hard on shoes, and I often need to buy two pairs for them during the school year. The expensive school shoes ($90-$130) are sturdy (especially the traditional-style shoes) and tend to fit my children’s feet well. For my older kids, I am happy to invest in these because they usually last the year.