Patent School Shoes. Would you? (yes!)
Bane of my life, they are. And it’s not just the perpetual growing out of them – what do they DO in them to make them such a state?
When Start-rite asked if we’d like to review a pair, I snapped their hand off. Obviously.
And once we’d finally made it through the trial of the Red Shoes, we actually got to take a look at the practical school shoes selection. And she was off again…
“Please may I have shiny shoes, mummy?”
“New shoes are always shiny, darling”
“No, I mean REALLY shiny ones. Proper sheeny shiny lovely shiny ones? please?
She meant patent shoes.
Patent shoes aren’t really ‘good’ shoes, are they? In my parenting ideaology, patent shoes are up there with cheap plastic toys – they look all very nice, but give them a month and they’re not looking so hot.
And whilst I’m happy to chuck out/pass on a shabby plastic toy, school shoes need to be a bit more lasting and reliable.
So I did what every self respecting Modern Digital Mother does – I asked Facebook what it thought of patent shoes. And was utterly overwhelmed by the positivity of the response. Far from the supportive cries of “don’t do it!” I was expecting, instead I received a flood of comments along the lines of ‘they last just as well, they’re easier to keep clean, they look smarter for longer…’
So, having held firm to my No Red Shoes campaign (and look how that turned out…), I thought I’d be Nice Mummy and choose the lovely-sheeny-shiny-shine-ones-please-thank-you.
I admit it.
I LOVE them. The hive mind was absolutely right – they’re smarter for longer, easier to clean, and the patent does not crack and look ugly inside 5 days. They tough enough to stand up to the kicking my girl gives them at school each day, anyway.
Being Start-rite shoes, they’re naturally well made, with the leather uppers and that brilliant dyed-through leather which doesn’t show scuffs too. The size fittings are generous and varied, the T-bar shape is eminently practical for a KS1-er to cope with.
The Trinity Shoes are £39 from Start Rite – and if you still haven’t been Swayed to Patent, they come in ‘normal’ leather and navy leather too…