More than £250. That’s the average cost of kitting one child out for starting school if the latest figures are to be believed.
Which makes investing in kit that actually lasts more important than ever.
With the middle one starting school in September the cost of back to school shopping in our house has doubled this year, and it won’t be long before it triples with the youngest starting school too.
Up until now I’ve always used a certain go-to shop when it comes to school shoes, but this year I’ve come across Treads for the first time, an online shoe shop set up by a dad fed up with the limited life span of his kids’ school shoes.
They very kindly gifted us a pair of their ‘indestructible’ school shoes to try and out, and we’re also teaming up with Treads to offer you lovely lot not only the chance to win a pair of your own school shoes, but there’s a 10% off discount code for everyone too!
Getting school ready with Treads shoes & win a pair of school shoes!
Ranked among the 10 best kids’ shoe brands by the Independent, Treads apply the materials and technology used in construction footwear to school shoes – which makes perfect sense when you think about it.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve inwardly cursed at the state of the oldest’s (expensive) high street school shoes just weeks after buying them – scuffed, chipped and looking like they’ve seen better days despite being almost brand new. As a result of their unique technology Treads shoes come with a 12-month ‘indestructible’ guarantee, meaning you can return them within a year of the date of purchase if they fail to live up to your expectations.
They sent us a pair of their Madrid boys leather school shoes (£45) for the middle one, and I’ll be really interested to see how they fare over the next few months compared to his sister’s high street ones.
Made using a ‘strobel’ technique, where the upper part of the shoe is placed into a mould and the sole is then injected around it creating one unit without the need for gluing to create a really strong bond, the shoes come with dual fit technology, so you can take out a pad at the bottom to allow for a wider fit and greater depth.
They’re made with Permair leather, making them soft and breathable, and are ‘touch fasten’ with straps so there are no laces to contend with. This one put them on himself without any help and as you can see, they certainly look indestructible!
He’s been wearing them in at home and we’ve been down to the beach a few times too so he can get used to walking and playing in them, and mightily proud of them he is too!
Whether they really are indestructible remains to be seen, but let’s put it this way: they’re certainly made of sturdy stuff and I wouldn’t like him treading on my toes while wearing them!
So, if you fancy winning a pair of school shoes of your choice and bagging a 10% off discount code, here’s how!
WIN a pair of Treads school shoes with a 12-month guarantee!
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a pair of Treads school shoes of your choice is visit me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, visit Treads on Facebook or follow Treads on Instagram via the Rafflecopter form below.
The competition runs until midnight on Thursday August 29, 2019 and is open to UK residents aged 18+ only. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck!
Treads 10% off discount code
And to claim 10% off any Treads shoes until Saturday August 31, 2019 just enter the code SUMMER10 at the checkout.
Have you been school shoe shopping yet? Have you come across Treads before? I’d love to hear about your experience!
We were gifted a pair of Treads school shoes in exchange for this post. As always all opinions are my own and based on our own honest experience.