Back to School with Start-rite

*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with start-rite.

I think this is the shortest summer holiday little T has ever had and I can’t believe that she’ll be back in school next month.  I’m panicking a bit because there are still some activities I want to do with her.  We haven’t even gone camping yet, or learned how to ride the bike without stabilizers, or learned the “You are my sunshine” song in the ukulele yet.

And yes, I do know the summer holiday will end soon.  In fact, in spite the panic, we’re actually ready for it.  She already has new uniforms in time for next month and also has a pair of  new school shoes courtesy of Start-rite.  We got little T’s first ever pair of shoes from them.  My husband was very particular about this. He didn’t want to just buy just any pair of shoe from the shops.  He wanted her properly fitted and booted.  Yes, T and has a history with this particular shoe brand and we trust it.

For this year, T chose a classic Mary Janes style for her school-shoes.  If you’ve been following our little blog for some time now, you will know that my daughter is very sporty and just like any other six, going seven-year-old, she loves to skip and run around like a loony.

What we liked about the shoes:

  • The velcro.  Admittedly, T still hasn’t mastered tying her shoelace yet so a velcro strap is a big help for her.
  • We like the style and the leather.  As mentioned, we’ve been happy with Start-rite from the beginning and know that we are getting good quality shoes.
  • At £42.99 we think that the price is just right.  Might be pricier than other school shoes, but at least we know that we’re getting our money’s worth and know that it will last her long.

When it comes to school shoes my husband and I don’t really mind spending more for better quality shoes and as I’ve mentioned, T and start-rite have a good history together, we know that this will last her till at least next year.  I won’t be surprised if it even lasts longer than that.

As parents of young and active kids, it’s always best to spend a little bit more for good quality school shoes, isn’t it, especially if we know that it will last longer than most of the other brands.

What about you?

Are you a Start-rite parent too?

We are!


  1. Good to see Start-rite are still going strong. I remember them from my days of being at school

    • It’s nice to know that the good brands are still around 🙂 And Start-rite is definitely one of the best, especially for school shoes 🙂

  2. I love the style of those shoes! Too cute! I can’t wait until my little one is old enough to give this brand a try

  3. Shauna Malan

    Got my little girl start -rites for her first pair of shoes and loved them, bringing my niece shopping for back to school supplies so will be checking out start-rites school shoes as she needs something that will last the year

  4. Sophie's Nursery

    Sophie isn’t in school shoes yet, but we have been using start-rite since her first shoes! They look so comfy & she seems really happy with the pairs we have bought her 🙂 x

    • Same here. As mentioned, my daughter’s first shoes was also with start-rite 🙂

  5. five little doves

    Ahh these are gorgeous! I am in the process of finding the girls school shoes. I love Start Rite, want something sturdy, traditional but pretty, although the girls want light up and sparkles, haha!
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  6. I’ve never heard of start-rite. I will keep this in mind when my little one goes off to school. Do they go well with school uniform policies?

  7. Jess Howliston

    They look like fab school shoes to me. We always get the kids good properly fitted shoes for school and it will the same for my little girls pre-school shoes too. They are the shoes they spend most the day in so I definitely think its important that they fit properly and provide support and comfort! x
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    • I so agree with you and getting them fitted properly is important too 🙂

  8. I remember my school shoes getting scuffed quite quickly, so my parents used to always make sure I had quality ones that would last that little bit longer.

    • That sounds like my girl, so yes, we also always buy the good quality ones even though the are a bit pricey than the usual.

  9. Becca Talbot

    Ahhh Start Rite, I remember them well 🙂 I think all 3 of us (me and my two brothers) had Start Rite shoes when we were kiddies x

    • I love the idea that Start-rite has been around for ages 🙂 Just shows how good they are 🙂

  10. Chloe Ciliberto

    Start-rite were my daughters first ever shoes and my first ever school shoes! They’re always such good quality and there designs are always classic and beautiful. I love these mary-jane shoes. They look so perfect for school and super comfy. x

    • I bet you’ll be getting your daughter Start-rite shoes too for her first ever school shoes 🙂

  11. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    Quality is always worth paying for and school shoes are so important. These look comfy and stylish

  12. Are Mary Janes not just the cutest?! I think they look great on kids and adults and just love the instant classic look they give.

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