As the summer holidays draw to a close, it’s a busy time for parents with the back-to-school shop. This normally includes the task of tracking down the perfect pair of school shoes. Not only do they need to fit perfectly, last an entire year of daily use, and appeal to your child’s unique taste, but they often need to meet specific school uniform requirements. Finding the ideal pair for your child may seem daunting, but don’t worry, we’ve got you sorted!

At Start-Rite, we know schools differ on the type of shoes they allow. This is why we’ve designed multiple shoes that tick all of the boxes, while providing the very best in comfort, durability, protection and style.

Boy painting in classroom

Schools often ask for specific solid colours - typically black or brown, no logos or distinguishing characteristics, closed toes and other requirements. While our school shoes cater to these requests, they offer so much more. We believe that school should be a place of exploration, learning and fun, and school shoes shouldn’t stand in the way. This is why while our shoes conform to uniform standards, they don’t skimp on comfort and durability. Engineered using decades of research, our shoes are specially designed to support little feet as they grow. Children are our future scientists, athletes, teachers and more, so it’s natural we want to support their development at every stage. 

Choose from a number of fun yet functional shoes with subtle and stylish details that your kids will love. Think classic Mary Jane’s with pretty punch detailing, black leather lace-ups with brogue detailing, or striking embellished pumps.

Discover boys and girls school shoes for every age that perfectly suit school uniforms.

Some of our favourites include:

Rhino Warrior Boy's black leather rip-tape school shoes

Built for little feet (and hands!), these black leather classics are a breeze to take on and off with the help of wide rip-tape fastening. Padded ankles, breathable lining and lightweight soles provide comfort all day long and are perfect for playground activities.

Rhino Warrior

Clare Navy leather girls buckle traditional school shoes

These premium navy blue leather, buckled school shoes look great with any uniform. Smart and structured with delicate decorative detail, they’re a classic that’ll never go out of style.


Strike Black leather boys rip-tape school shoes

A hardwearing shoe with double rip-tape fastening, Strike is for those boys who just can’t sit still. Formal enough to wear with a school uniform, they’re extremely durable and comfortable thanks to scuff-resistant bumpers, lightweight rubber soles and breathable mesh linings.


Poppy Girl's black patent rip-tape t-bar school shoes

A simple style for little girls keen to avoid bows and embellishment, Poppy is a shiny T-bar with pretty punch detailing. Crafted from soft premium black patent, they’re both classic and comfortable.


Brogue Pri Burnished tan leather lace-up shoes

This smart and stylish lace-up in burnished tan leather finish with brogue detailing is the ideal school shoe. Fashionable yet functional, it protects developing feet with its soft leather uppers, padded ankle and flexible lightweight soles.

Brogue Pri

Pump Black leather girls rip-tape school shoes

This stylish school pump is finished with pretty butterfly (as an added bonus, it’s reflective for night-time visibility). Accidental slip-offs are prevented by easy rip-tape fasteners, while a sole and toe bumper stop scuffing in its tracks.


Academy Black leather boys lace-up school shoes

Our smart lace-up Academy features easy lace-up fastening and a flexible biomechanically engineered sole specifically designed for growing feet. Smart and sophisticated, they’re perfect for formal occasions.


Tyler Black leather boys slip-on school shoes

Not a fan of lace-ups? The Tyler is a comfortable slip-on with padded ankles and contemporary lightweight soles. Made with elastic gussets, they couldn’t be easier to slip on and off.



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