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#1 AlmostCeleste

Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on style of school shoes for girls? When I went to school there wasn't any choice really, but I notice now you can get mary-jane style shoes as well as full lace up ones. I'm about to go and buy shoes for my daughter (starting kindy) this week. Is it just a matter of preference or are some styles just better overall in different weather etc etc?


#2 baddmammajamma

Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:45 AM

Mary Janes are my pick, especially for the younger kids who might have trouble keeping their shoes laced up. The Mary Janes are also not as heavy/bulky as the lace up ones. And as an aside, they are far better looking IMHO (and in the opinions of my daughter & her friends -- not that I would let that be THE deciding factor).

#3 mumto3princesses

Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:47 AM

Mary-Janes are by far the most popular choice for primary girls. The girls tend to go for those or the T buckle ones.

We missed out one year when DD1 was little and had to get laces for her. She hated having "boys" shoes.

#4 qak

Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:48 AM

TBH it seemed that most of the girls did have MJs, so I got them for DD starting kindy.

I did get ones with a proper buckle, rather than velcro.  I find the velcro straps look worn very quickly, and lose their grip too, so that shoes no longer stay on.  Neither of my kids can do up laces yet.

Now I just have to teach DD how to deal with buckles ...

#5 Heather11

Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:50 AM

DD has had a combination of both.  Most recently she has chosen to have the Mary Jane style.

Sometimes in lower primary they recommend ones with velcro if your child can't tie up their shoelaces as the teacher doesn't have time to tie 15 lots of laces each day.

Funnily though DD's first year she had tie up shoes.  I think this was mainly because she started in Term 2 and most of the Mary Jane style had sold out.  She actually learnt how to tie her shoes fairly quickly because a friend at school taught her.  We had no input at all.  biggrin.gif

It is about 50/50 style wise at my children's school.

#6 JKTMum

Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

My girls have always had the Mary Jane type ones with buckles. They look nice on girls and seemed to be ok even in the changable Melbourne weather (didnt get their feet wet in winter and also didnt seem to get too hot in summer).

DD1 is going to secondary school this year and the policy is for laceups only, so that will be a bit of a change for her.

I would suggest going to a shoe store which specialises in fitting children (taking into account their whole foot shape) and has a large range of shoes to choose from. If her feet dont have any additional problems then it will be down to personal preference, but when DS was getting his first school shoes (not a girl obviously) they recommended laceups (rather than velcro or boots) as he has arch problems and the laceups were more supportive of his feet and ankles.

#7 kidwrangler

Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

Fortunately in our school, black jogger style shoes are acceptable uniform so my daughter wears Slazenger ones. I feel they support her feet better and considering they spend a lot of the time running around, are better for her feet than other styles of shoe. They are also a reasonable price, so I am able to afford two pairs to alternate each day so she isn't in the same shoe day in day out (not good for developing feet).

She did try Mary Jane style shoes and didn't like to wear them as when she sat on the mat with her legs crossed, the buckle dug into her foot. We also tried velcro ones but they were also uncomfortable for her.

She still wears velcro style in her joggers. The velcro hasn't worn out (although she outgrows her shoes every six months - another plus for jogger style!) and saves the teacher tying laces.

I think some of the choice needs to be your daughter's - no point having an argument each day about what shoes to wear, but unless she is adamant on one style over the other, go for foot health and comfort (if your uniform code allows it).

How exciting to be starting the first year of school soon! original.gif

#8 AlmostCeleste

Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:46 PM

Thanks everyone for your opinions and experiences! Yes, it is exciting, she can't wait (& boy, is she ready! Or is that me?).
I'm sure she will want to go with mary-jane 'girls' shoes, or 't" style wink.gif However, they do need to have some support for her, so I'll see what's what when we go to the shop.
Thanks again, very helpful original.gif

#9 r8chl79

Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

My girls wear black joggers - adidas or something similar.  They tried Mary Jane style but didn't like them  for running around in etc.




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