Run, jump, stomp: These are the school shoes built to last all year round

As the new term looms, children up and down the country are getting decked out with brand new back-to-school gear. From crisp uniforms to stylish stationery, no school arsenal would be complete without durable (and reliable) school shoes that’ll take them from the classroom to the playground with ease.

But it can be a challenge putting style-conscious youngsters into footwear that both they and their headteacher will be happy with, and since the kids will be wearing them five days a week, it's important that the shoes are comfortable and last all year long – or at least until their next growth spurt. 

Thankfully there’s a plethora of options available on the high street that will keep feet happy and won’t pull on the purse strings. From Debenhams to John Lewis and Clarks, get ready to find their sole mate…

Venture walk shoes, £44

Perfect for kids who live in trainers, this pair from Clarks come in scuff-resistant leather and feature padded ankles for extra protection for all those hop, skip and jump days.

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Preppy edge loafers, £42

Featuring a glossy patent finish, these loafers are perfect for pupils looking for smart footwear that’ll add a preppy edge.

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Scape street youth shoes, £48

This sports-inspired design is crafted from breathable leather and features a practical flexible sole for natural movement. Lined with antibacterial fabric, it has added heel and toe bumpers for protection – ideal for running around all day.

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Kids’ leather school slip-on shoes, £26-30

Waterproof and scuff-resistant, these sturdy yet stylish leather shoes will have kids looking smart all year round, and are great for tearing around the playground in. If the style doesn’t win them over, the embossed dinosaur underneath sure will.

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Mary Jane shoes, £24-26

These adorable Mary Janes are waterproof, scuff-resistant and have memory foam soles for added comfort. Lined with ‘stay fresh’ technology, they’re secured with velcro which means less time fiddling with laces and more time playing. Plus the rainbow keyring is super cute!

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Shropshire leather lace-up shoes, £40

Looking for a smart lace-up choice for the older boys? These Shropshire school shoes are made from breathable leather and lined with an antibacterial in-sock to ensure fresh feet all day long. They also make great occasion wear shoes. Win and win.

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Jesse shine flats, £36

For the older gals, these ballet flats make a sweet addition to any shoedrobe and can be worn in the classroom, or out and about with friends on the weekend. Made with quality leather and fastened with a bow detail, they’re super lightweight and oh-so comfortable.

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