As we get prepared for back to school, Sara Driscoll, Head of Buying & Product at Start-Rite, shares her favourite school shoes from our AW21 collection.
Starting school is a milestone for both parents and children, so we have a selection of first school shoes across classic and casual products which are all charming yet practical. DESTINY in black patent for example has leather lining for breathability and rip-tape fastening disguised as a flower buckle for easy on/off at school.
If you are looking for more of a contemporary design then EXPLORE in black leather and MYSTERY in black leather are great options within our first school shoe collection. Whilst these products are trendy, they also have comfort features from soft materials and leather linings, to padded interiors and removable footbeds – plus the sole design has been engineered to aid natural movement. The Start-Rite twins also feature on these styles as they continue to support children on their adventures!
Reach for the stars in our STAR JUMP shoes in black patent or black leather, which are new this back to school, along with friend WISH in black patent or black leather- available in four width fittings. STAR JUMP and WISH are classically Start-Rite - check out the glittery removable footbed for a custom fit. It is also worth noting that the sole unit is lightweight and biomechanical engineered to promote flexibility. These products have padded collars and our new Air Rite technology, which has been integrated into the design to aid breathability to support all day comfort. If you are looking for a non-leather product then we have vegan friendly style BLISS in black synthetic.
Style STRIKE in black leather continues to be a school favourite and it's easy to see why. It’s the perfect balance between smart, casual and practical. It offers toe/heel bumpers and abrasion resistant materials for added protection. It has a rip-tape fastening for easy on/off and a removable footbed for a customised fit. STRIKE also has a subtle football theme with its hexagon sole and strap design, but an exciting feature are the reflective panels for night-time visibility. STRIKE is a good choice for active children.
Stand out from the crowd in our new chunky Chelsea style REVOLUTION boots in black patent or black leather. A great combination of durability and fashion, and a favourite style of mine. REVOLUTION is a part of our Angry Angels senior shoe collection and is available in leather and patent, from sizes 31- 41. This boot is great for style conscious kids pushing the boundaries, but also reassuring for parents as it is made to Start-Rite’s high standards.
In Angry Angels, we have also introduced a trio of ballerina styles - IMPRESS in black patent and black leather, IDOL in black leather/patent and INSPIRE in black leather. Since not all children want a chunky sole, these styes offer a different look for fashionistas. They all have a more grown up and stylish feel, but also offer biomechanic elements to support foot health, such as flex grooves in the sole and Start-Rite’s Air Rite technology. All at a competitive price of £44.99.