The best school shoes to buy for the new school year

Finding shoes that last is one of a school parents biggest challenges!

Of all the things you can go shopping for, many parents will safely agree the least glamorous of those would be for the humble school shoe.

First of all, you’ve got to actually get your kids to the shoe shop – a task only parents will understand the difficulty of, especially when there’s a pool or TV involved.

Then comes the mission of shoving all the shoe options available on their feet (bonus points if you remembered to bring socks!) and agreeing on a pair that are both comfortable, practical and most importantly, cool – to your kids at least.

As another school year fast roles around, there’s no way to avoid it any longer – the sooner you rip off that school-shoe-shopping band aid, the better.

Lucky for us, there’s a plethora of affordable, accessible and practical school shoes on the market right now, and we’ve got all the details on where you can score them.

Keep scrolling as we round up the best wheels in the biz for your young ones – they’ll be away (at school) laughing in no time!

1. Target shoes

Tried, tested and always true, trusty Target has the goods when it comes to your kiddies school shoes this year.

They’re smart, practical and below $50. And with the stores themselves not hard to find (or shop online like everybody else!), you’re pretty much guaranteed a winner.


Kids Grad Gro Shu Lace-Up Leather School Shoes, $49 at Target

Kids Youth Good Fit Mary-Jane Leather School Shoes, $30 at Target

2. Big W shoes

Even at the worst of times it’s tough to walk past a Big W without taking a quick peek.

And while their school shoes mightn’t last long-term, you’re still getting serious value for money – their basic styles cost just $10!

What’s more, if your child is due for a growth spurt, a cheaper style won’t need to go the distance anyway – they’ll be needing another size in no time.


Brilliant Basics Kids Tab School Shoes, $10 at Big W

K-D Boys School Shoes, $10 at Big W

3. Skechers

Built for comfort, your child is guaranteed to keep up with all the school day demands in a pair of Skechers.

While the brand can be a little on the pricier side, their school shoe styles are worth the investment if you’re after a pair that’ll last the year.


Kids’ Biker – Always Perfect, $119.99 at Skechers

Kids’ Durablox, $109.99 at Skechers

4. Myer

A visit to Myer can cover many shopping bases – school shoes included.

With a varied range of styles, the department store offers prices from $35 and up.


Clarks Denver School Shoes, $70 (usually $149.95) at Myer

Clarks Indulge School Shoes, $119.96 (usually $149.95) at Myer

5. UGG Express

When it comes to kids’ feet, there’s not many who know more about them than the team at UGG Express.

Featuring the best and most stylish shoes for your little one’s feet from the beginning, they’ve got them covered through their school days too.


Tarramarra Senior Black Leather School Shoes, $65 (usually $170) at UGG Express

Australian Shepherd Senior Black Leather School Shoes Ava, $65 (usually $180) at UGG Express

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