For little growing feet, comfortable, hard-wearing and quality shoes are essential. With the school term approaching in less than a month (yikes!), we’ve rounded up some of our favourite stores for kicks that’ll take your kids through school days, lessons, excursions and playtime.
For quality school shoes
Apart from casual options like sandals and sneakers for boys and girls, The ShoeCo also offers a range of smart black shoes for regular school days. They stock popular Australian brand Ascent, known for their stable, durable and well-cushioned school shoes. Featuring a cushioned heel and forefoot for all-day comfort and a slip-resistant rubber outsole for stability, they work great as cross trainers for running, walking and jumping around. Another one to look out for is Danish brand Bisgaard, popular for their ultra-plush, real leather shoes. The ShoeCo also stocks a selection of stylish women’s shoes suitable for work or play, meaning mums can treat themselves, too!
Twelve by Elly
For casual daytime kicks
This multi-label lifestyle store stocks a wide range of casual clothing, shoes and accessories for children aged six to twelve. They stock shoes from the US and Australia, such as Old Soles, Converse and Livie and Luca. Perfect for the fashion-conscious growing tween, Twelve by Elly offers both practicality and style with its selection of beautiful ballet flats, sporty sneakers and chic sandals. Our favourite pick? This pair of white sandals that are great for hitting the beach.
For premium branded shoes
The home of premium clothing for little fashionistas, Angelibebe stocks classic and contemporary kids wear from mainly Europe and America. Shoes wise, the online-only store carries Spanish hand-made brands like Manuela de Juan and Belle Chiara ballerina shoes. For casual options, we recommend the dapper, eco-friendly Veja sneakers from Brazil for the boys. Girls will also love the colourful, glittery designs from Italian brand Lelli Kelly, great for both everyday wear and dressier occasions. Their easy-to-navigate site makes shopping a total breeze.
For popular brands at wallet-friendly prices
A familiar name for all things mums and bubs, UK-based retailer Mothercare has been in the local scene for more than 30 years. With 14 stores island wide, this specialist store has a strong reputation for its carefully curated selection of brands and products for mothers-to-be, babies and young children. Mothercare carries a comprehensive range of baby and kids shoes from canvas and sneakers to sandals and flats. Be spoiled for choice with popular brands like Clarks, Pediped, Mini Melissa and Havaianas.
Hopla! Kids Shoe Shop
For a wide range of sizes and shapes
Inject some fun into your little one’s outfit with some bright colours and fresh designs from this specialty store. With a variety of established European brands to choose from, including Froddo shoes from Croatia and Victoria shoes from Spain, there’s something for every kid. What’s more, sizes run from Euro 18 all the way to 42, and you can find shoes with wide, medium and small widths. The store only partners with manufacturers who produce in an environmentally and socially responsible way so you can be sure your shoe purchase doesn’t contain harmful compounds and toxins.
Ten Feet Tall
For a proper shoe fitting
Founded by two expat mums who struggled to find quality school shoes for their children here in Singapore, Ten Feet Tall stocks 16 styles for girls and 10 for boys from three leading European brands, Start-rite, Petasil and Ricosta. Prices range from $95 to $150, which is in line with what most expats would expect to pay back home. With over 6000 pairs in stock, you can save the plane ticket (and luggage space) and get your little ones fitted at their studio in Holland Village. Just remember to bring along any old pairs of school shoes; Ten Feet Tall has a School Shoe Bank where they’ll polish, pack and send used shoes to children in other parts of Asia who really need them.
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