Girls School Uniform

Should school shoes last longer than 6 weeks?

The school holidays are an opportunity for many breaks.

A break from the school run, a break from packed lunches, a break from the relentless routine and homework and after school activities…

It can be a break for mum and dad as much as the kids. But in our house, it’s also a much-needed break for my daughter’s school shoes!


She’s had them for just 6 weeks – and they’re already starting to fall apart.

We purchased them from a well-known brand at Robina Town Centre – I won’t name and shame publicly, but let’s just say she doesn’t usually have sketchy taste in shoes.

Her school requires black shoes, and she’d grown out of the black sneakers we bought her in January, so in late July I took her shopping for another pair.

It turns out, options are quite limited when it comes to finding black running shoes for kids in the middle of winter!

After Big W, Kmart and Target proved fruitless, we began looking at the more expensive sports shoes. When she spied this pair of black sneakers with hot pink laces, she was instantly smitten. I didn’t love the $60 price tag, but I thought: it’s an investment in her feet. She’ll get at least six months out of it. Let’s do it!

Unfortunately, within a few weeks, the shoes were showing massive signs of wear.

I’m talking: fraying at the top of the shoe, and parts of the rubber at the front of the shoe rubbing away, or rubbing off entirely.

When I took them back to the store just 5 weeks after the date of purchase, I was told: “That’s just wear and tear. Your daughter must cross her legs a lot.”

Um, year, she’s 6 years old – crossing her legs is a big part of her day! As is running, jumping, climbing, playing, and doing all sorts of active things one would expect of a grade one student.

I tried contacting head office, but we met with the same “wear and tear” response.

In my view, a pair of kids’ sneakers should be able to handle wear and tear for more than six weeks.

But hey, what would I know? I’m only two years into a 20-year journey of buying schools shoes, every year, possibly twice a year, for each of my three kids.

That’s up to 80-odd pairs of kid’s shoes over the next two decades. And I know exactly which brand I won’t be buying them from!