The Best School Shoes

When it comes to buying kids shoes especially for school the choices can be difficult. The team at Begg Shoes have put together a series of blogs to help our customers make the right purchase. Director and shoe fitting expert Garek Begg shares his top tips, whether you’re looking for Hard Wearing School Shoes for kids who are really tough on their shoes or need to know How to Measure your Kids Feet at Home we’ve got the answers for you.

Keep reading for our top picks of the best school shoes for boys and girls for 2020.

Best Girls School Shoes

1. Clarks sea shimmer


These girls school shoes are pretty, smart and comfy and sure to be a top seller in 2020 thanks to mermaid inspired features and embellishments.  This style of Clarks school shoes for girls are available in smaller sizes for those little ones just starting school right up to bigger sizes for older girls. Available in patent  and plain leather.

Clarks Sea Shimmer School Shoes

2. Clarks Scooter jump


These Clarks girls school shoes are a simple Mary Jane shoe with a gemstone flower detail on the top and is made with durable yet elegant patent leather upper. There is additional protection against abrasions with a durable toe bumper making these perfect hardwearing school shoes.  The leather footbed is breathable and creates a personalised fit over time. This style is also available in a wide range of sizes from little ones just starting school to older girls.

Girls Clarks School Shoes - Scooter Jump

3. superfit merida


If your daughter prefers trainers for her school shoes then these from Superfit would make an ideal option for an older girl. Thanks to the GORE-TEX technology in the fabric lining, these trainers will be guaranteed to be waterproof while maintaining breathability. This trendy trainer has a star pattern on the upper with a tone on tone outsole unit. The laces and zip mean they’re easy to get on & off but the key feature would have to be the removable insole which is great for those needing a roomier fit or for those who wish to use their own orthotics.Superfit School Shoes - Girls Trainers


4. Geox shadow


Geox are a popular brand for high quality school shoes and we love this style. Made in a full leather upper and non marking outsole these are excellent value in premium school shoes. These girls school shoes offer breathability and a removable insole which is great to provide roomier fit or to allow you to insert your own orthotics. Thanks to unique technology by Geox these girls schools are perfect for wearing on long days, not only are they superbly comfortable but they will also keep your feet dry for the whole day.

Girls Geox School Shoes

5. Clarks Scala


Scala Hope  Scala Gem  *  Scala Bright

When it comes to the older girls then the Clarks Scala range is a must see. From a Mary Jane to a slip on pump style the choices are varied. As you can expect with a pair of Clarks school shoes this range is made using premium leathers and durable rubber sole units that is flexible and lightweight.

Clarks Scala Hope  Clarks Scala Bright  Clarks Scala Gem

6. converse chuck taylor all star mono

£37 – £60 depending on size

For those in high school or who prefer a casual school – these from Converse may be what you’re looking for. Available in bigger sizes making them an great option for teens, they are made with a leather upper for a comfortable fit.

Converes school shoes

Best Boys School Shoes

1. clarks rex pace

£40 – £42  *  E – H Fit

Back for a second season these Clarks boys school shoes are set to be a top seller for 2020. Boys love the footprint these leave on the playground which is the shape of a dinosaur footprint. The padder collars, leather upper and Agion linings make for a super comfortable fit. Clarks Rex Pace


2. Clark scape flare

£40 – £42  *  E – H Fit

Desgined on the natural shape of the foot for enhanced movement, these are perfect for an active day at school. With a sporty feel these boys schools shoes are made with a leather upper for a comfortable fit while the rubber sole unit is flexible and lightweight. Producing all day protection and comfort.

Clarks Scape Flare

3. Geox Savage 

New Savage  *  Savage Bungee  *  Savage Low Cut

The Geox Savage boys school shoes are one of the most talked about styles when it comes to back to school season. These style is hardwearing and has been manufactured using premium leathers and superb construction methods. Now available in bungee laces and a lower cut there is something to suit everyone.

Boys News Savage School Shoes     Boys Savage Bungee School Shoes Savage Low Boys School Shoes

4. Superfit bill


When the school policy is to wear for soft “gymie” style shoes then don’t forgo quality. The Superfit bill is a popular style ensures a pleasant climate throughout the school day thanks to the small air holes in the outsole. These school shoes are particularly light and flexible for great walking comfort.

Superfit Bill School Shoes

5. geox baltic boy

coming soon

A new style from Geox this hardwearing school shoe is set to be a sought after style this season. With extra protection on the toe bumper and enhanced sole grip your little man will be super comfortable in these geox shoes. Made with their Amphibiox technology these boys school shoes will be totally waterproof while still allowing his feet to breathe. Full protection no matter what the weather conditions.

Geox Baltic Boys School Shoes

5. Clarks Award blaze

£36.00 – £38.00 

These boys school shoes are inspired by football shoes for those who love sports. Made from a super flexible upper, these shoes have lace fastenings allowing for an adjustable fit. Plus, the Air Spring FX technology offers amazing cushioning and there is an Agion lining to help keep odours at bay. These Clarks boys school shoes come in F Fit and G Fit.

hard wearing school shoes

6. Vans seldan

coming soon

A new style from Vans for this back to school season. The simple black on black design from Vans is right on trend and would suit any teen as part of their school wardrobe. If you prefer the Vans with a white sole and the iconic which stripe on the sign check out our range of Kids Vans online.

Vans Seldan Youth

School Shoes on a Budget

At Begg Shoes we understand that Back to School season is a difficult one for some families and so have the option of offering affordable footwear for our customers with still being able to offer the professional fitting service. There is nothing wrong with wearing a pair of plimsolls but you should always remember that your children’s foot health should be your main priority.

Often teachers may insist on kids wearing plimsolls to protect the carpets, however your child’s health is more important than floors. A few points to remember when buying plimsolls is that they are only available in an average fitting and surveys show that only 28% of children have average fitting feet (according to the Society of Shoe Fitters). The sole of plimsolls are not as strong as other shoe options which would mean less protection for your kids feet if they wear them on the playground.

Healthy feet = happy feet and well fitting shoes should be worn all day while plimsolls, trainers and wellies to be worn for sport or occasional wear.

gymie school shoes

Clarks School Shoes

Our selection of Clarks Kids shoes come in a range of width fittings as well as whole and half sizes. The selection features quality materials and modern as well as classic designs which Clarks have become well known for. You’ll find that there is a pair of Clarks Shoes to for everyone. If you’re looking a pair of sports inspired shoes with riptape fastening for ease of use then options are endless just take a look at the Mini Racer, Blake Sreet, Hula Thrill or Venture walk which are ideal for boys. Girls favourites each season with riptape fastening are the Venture Star, Tizz Talk, Prime Step, Mariel Wish or Trixi Rose.

If your kids are proud of the fact they can do laces & prefer a more classic school shoe, then Drew Star is going to a hot favourite this season. Clarks can also confirm that these have been put through 60 wear tests which is another great reason why you should buy Clarks school shoes. As you can see our range of Clarks is vast with a fantastic variety. Our full collection is available online and we recommend you visit one of our stores to get your kids professionally fitted for their new school shoes.

Clarks School Shoes


Geox School Shoes

Geox school shoes offer your child comfort throughout the school day. The GEOX Savage shoes will ensure your kids feet will stay dry and comfortable at all times due to their iconic perforated and breathable sole. The Savage shoes form GEOX are probably the most durable school shoes available making them perfect for school. After all your kids will spend at least 6 hrs a day, 5 days a week in them. So why wouldn’t you want to get them the best?

Their leather uppers, non-marking rubber tread make them perfect for school while the double Velcro fastening makes these kids school shoes completely adjustable and easy to wear. But if this style of GEOX shoes doesn’t appeal to your child, then not to worry as GEOX has something for every phase of childhood. All their shoes feature the GEOX expertise guaranteeing maximum comfort and the correct support even for the smallest feet.

Geox School Shoes


Vans School Shoes

Vans are becomming increasingly popular choice for school shoes especially in high school and older kids. For primary school level the all black Atwood Youth is the most sought after style. This is a low top all canvas trainer with a lace-up fastening. These all black shoes have a padded tongue and collar ensuring every step your kids take is a comfortable one. Thanks to the Vans signature waffle outsoles feature they also have a firmer grip. As all the materials used (including adhesives) are free of any animal by-products, you’ll be doing your bit as they are 100% vegan.

Most mornings when heading to work I spot high school kids at the bus stop wearing Vans and the staff in the shops confirm, that Chapman Stripe and Ward G are the current trend for teens schools shoes. The Chapman Stripe features a double stitch suede upper meaning they’ve got great durability. While the signature waffle outsole gives them added grip. The way these Vans are constructed will give your kids/teens increased comfort. What’s great about Vans black trainers is that they are unisex and super stylish.

Vans School Shoes


Converse School Shoes

If your kids/teens are after a pair of casual canvas shoes, then Converse are a great choice. With the choice of all black All Star OX Monochrome or All Star Dainty OX which is ideal for girls your kids will love them. Another favourite each season is the Chuck Taylor Allstar OX Leather, these have a textured leather upper with the classic All Star heel patch, vulcanised rubber sole, brushed metal eyelets, reinforced rubber toe cap and padded footbed. These Classic Converse trainers have been scaled down in size for the little ones but still remain true to the iconic original with classic details on a comfortable canvas upper.

Converse school shoes


Superfit School Shoes

Superfit takes responsibility for children’s feet and their healthy development. 40 years ago together with paediatricians they developed their shoes which have been optimally designed for children’s feet. The BILL style from Superfit is a “house shoe” making it an ideal pair of indoor shoes. They are lightweight and have a Velcro fastening ensuring this style is easy for your little one to put on and off themselves.

If you’re looking for a pair of good quality waterproof school shoes, then consider the Sport 4 boots or Joe shoes which are manufactured with GORE-TEX lining. When GORE-TEX is used in their shoes, it is incorporated between the upper and the lining which offers excellent properties. So even if your kids love to jump in puddles, walk in the rain or play in the snow then you can rest assured that their feet will stay dry and comfortable.
Superfit school shoes