Guide to buying school shoes + win a pair of Ascent School Shoes

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife


This post is sponsored by Ascent Footwear

My husband has had problems with his back ever since he was a child and for this reason we have made sure that we buy the kids good quality school shoes.  It’s critical for their little growing feet to have a school shoe specifically designed to support their needs.

A Guide to Buying School Shoes

Take your own socks – bring the kid’s school socks with you.  For hygiene reasons you don’t want to be sharing socks with other feet.

Have the shoes professionally fitted – 2 of my kids have different sized feet, so it’s very important to make sure I get their feet measured and shoes fitted properly to ensure they have the right sized shoe for their feet.  For this reason, it’s important to check that the shoe fits both feet, not just one!

Buy the correct size – Don’t try to save money by buying shoes that are a bit big, thinking the kids will grow into them.  This will cause many problems while the child is walking or running, can cause future problems or even injury.

Want a shoe that will last the school year – Quality and durability are important, look for double stitching.

Comfort – Find a shoe with good cushioning so they will be comfortable sitting on the floor and running around in lunch breaks.


I have purchased my kids Ascent Footwear each year since prep, they are exclusive to The Athletes Foot which can be found at most major shopping centres. The shoe meets each of my requirements listed above, being comfortable to wear all day, durable and help to support the kids feet.

{The Organised Housewife} Ascent School Shoes 1

{The Organised Housewife} Ascent School Shoes 2

{The Organised Housewife} Ascent School Shoes 3

I prefer them as they are a school and sport shoe in one, with built in running shoe technology… sports shoes in disguise, which gives the kids the comfort they need each day.


Most of their shoes have a six month outsole warranty, I have not had to use this yet, but good to know if anything happens.  I have just learnt that Ascent School Shoes are the only school shoe brand to be endorsed by the Australasian Podiatry Council. Ascent shoes have a wide range of different styles and colours available.

 {The Organised Housewife} Ascent School Shoes

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1 Lucky winner will receive one pair of Ascent School Shoes valued up to $139.95

Please answer the following question in the comments below (facebook entries are not valid).

What do you look for in a shoe when buying the kids school shoes?

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Colleen January 10, 2014 - 6:10 AM

I have 2 boys still at school, I look for shoes that have thick leather on the toe area as the boys play soccer at recess and lunch and they kick the toes out of their school shoes before the shoes wear out.

Sandy January 10, 2014 - 6:21 AM

I have 2 girls and one boy in school, I always had fitted school shoes, so definitely get them fitted, double stitching, comfort and a for the girls a nice slim line. For my boy who kicks the ball around and runs like crazy the shoes have to stand up to wear and tear! One daughter always sits cross-legged on the concrete so good thick leather on the outsides! 🙂

Lisa Wood January 10, 2014 - 6:49 AM

I’d love to win some Ascent Footwear
To wear to school on my first day
My friends will be jealous
My Podiatrist zealous
To Athletes Foot for a fitting I pray…

Luise P January 10, 2014 - 6:56 AM

I look for shoes that are going to be comfortable and hopefully last the whole year

Mummasita January 10, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Mum’s Criteria/ Kids Criteria – a every day shoe that works like a sports shoe (street cred), looks smart (styling), fits well and is comfortable ( sweet bounce), durability ( wicked wearability).
One and the same needs
Answer an Ascent Shoe

Bridgetjayne . January 10, 2014 - 7:10 AM

I look for durability, comfort and of course having a girl they have to look pretty.

Carolyn Delapierre January 10, 2014 - 7:10 AM

My daughter is hard on her school shoes. I always look for double stitching, comfortable, well fitted shoes. Ascent meet all these criteria and more. We are in the process of having our daughter assessed by an OT and a podiatrist, so its looking like the Ascent Shoes will be the best fit for her!

Peta Sage January 10, 2014 - 7:11 AM

We have purchased Ascent shoes before and they are awesome, but unfortunately out of our price range.
I look for comfort, support and quality in a mid price range shoe.

Dan Noller January 10, 2014 - 7:20 AM

I look for shoes that are easy to clean and keep looking good after a lot of school play. Also the idea of sneaky sports shoes is excellent. Best of both worlds!

Penny January 10, 2014 - 7:28 AM

Last year for Prep I looked for velcro straps, this year for Year 1 I will look for laces for motor skills development. In addition I look for quality and comfort with a professional measure. I was in the UK pre-school last year so I bought black leather sports shoes in disguise from Clarks but this year I’ll need to look at what good brands are here. Thanks for the intro to Ascent shoes.

Hayley Rose January 10, 2014 - 7:30 AM

We do have Clarks too 🙂

Kelly January 10, 2014 - 7:43 AM

This is my first year buying school shoes…but what I thought most important was comfort, good fit, durability and ease for my little one to get on and off.

Syandmel January 10, 2014 - 7:43 AM

With our oldest in Prep we’re looking for comfort, black leather, long-lasting & Velcro straps. He’s VERY active & rough.
Thanks for the tips!

Kirsty Russell January 10, 2014 - 7:46 AM

I have found over the years buying cheap shoes turns out more expensive in the long run. My boys will go through a cheap pair of shoes in 6wks. I have found that buying a good quality shoe will last my boys about 6mths… they are pretty rough on shoes!!

Lauren January 10, 2014 - 7:47 AM

Comfort and quality

Nik January 10, 2014 - 7:47 AM

Comfort, durability and value for money.
We bought Ascent shoes for the first time last year and are definitely buying them again this year – it was the “sports shoe in disguise” that got us in. At the end of the year the kids said they were still comfortable, and even after playing footy at lunch my sons shoes showed very little wear – or maybe he’s just not as good as he pretends! 😉

Nadia - The Everyday Blessings January 10, 2014 - 7:51 AM

I look for a shoe that is comfortable, one that is snug enough so their shoes won’t rub but with enough growing room so I don’t need to buy a new pair in a couple of months. They need to last well and not fall apart and we also look for velcro so our youngest ones can put their shoes on independently. We buy Ascent shoes at Athlete’s Foot too 🙂

Cara January 10, 2014 - 7:54 AM

My aim is to get the school year out of one pair of shoes. With a boy going into year 2 this year this is a BIG ask as he’s so hard on his shoes! But for the last 2 years we have purchased Ascent shoes and have almost made it. The first year we got until 2 weeks from the end of year before the “gaffa” tape came out and last year it was November.
I don’t believe there is another brand that will give us this longevity.

Alison January 10, 2014 - 7:57 AM

Quality shoes for my small boys has always been important to me. I look for quality, natural materials where possible, durability, good fit, good tread, supportive & of course, nice looking shoes.

Lisa Cannon January 10, 2014 - 7:58 AM

I have 3 active boys at school. I know they run around, play handball, soccer, football and tip during lunch and afternoon breaks. Ascent school shoes give the black traditional look for the classroom but also sport shoe technology for comfort and support for growing active feet in the playground! 2 in 1 perfect!

Joyce January 10, 2014 - 7:59 AM

I look for a good quality shoe that has a good fit and looks good too.

mareea January 10, 2014 - 8:00 AM

For me the most important thing about buying school shoes, is getting comfy shoes with arch support. My son has slightly flat feet and I need him to have shoes that are going to support his feet while running around and because they wear them for at least 6hrs a day. I love the school shoes that double as sports shoes.

Tricia Mendham January 10, 2014 - 8:12 AM

In the past I’ve bought other school shoes, but this year I’ll be giving Ascent shoes ago! Thanks so much for your information, especially on the “Double stitching”, as last year my Prep boy only got six months out of his shoes. I’m sure these four growing feet will be comfortable and happy this year!

Emma Hunt January 10, 2014 - 8:14 AM

When it comes to school shoes for my children I look for comfort, durability and support. My son is going into grade 4 and my daughter is going into grade 1 this year they both desperately need new shoes! The Ascent would be perfect for us because our school requires black,leather,lace up shoes and these fit the criteria but are quite pricey. Like many families we are feeling the pinch after Christmas time, this is an awesome prize! Good luck everyone 🙂

Karen January 10, 2014 - 8:20 AM

Durability, comfort and quality!

jessica January 10, 2014 - 8:22 AM

A shoe that can handle the active life of a 6 year old boy… haven’t found one that lasts the distance yet, so I’d love to see how an Acsent shoe would withstand the onslaught!

delfa January 10, 2014 - 8:24 AM

That they are genuine leather and durability, I have made my mistake over the years and purchased shoes on sale and found out the hard way that I was going back and buying my trusted Clarks a few weeks after school started, so these days I look for Clarks too. I would however give Ascents a go now.

Kellie B January 10, 2014 - 8:27 AM

That the fit is excellent, well made and comfy.

Belinda Paton January 10, 2014 - 8:30 AM

A shoe that will last more than a term and one that does not restrict movement as both my children love to run

susan b January 10, 2014 - 8:39 AM

Durability and comfort. Something that will last more than 3 months on my14 year old.

Amanda January 10, 2014 - 8:40 AM

Sounds like a great shoe, my daughter starts school this year and I’ve been looking for a shoe that will support growing feet and last and have found a few groups talk about these. So we would love to win

Míchelle&claire January 10, 2014 - 8:41 AM

I’ve only heard great things about ascent school shoes! I’d look for durability and comfort for my preppy starting this year! She would love the Mary Jane style- such a girly girl 🙂

Dearne Murray January 10, 2014 - 8:49 AM

I look for a durable shoe that offers their growing feet the essential support they need. They also need to fit in with their school’s dress code.

Natalie Lawrence January 10, 2014 - 9:03 AM

As my son was born with a club foot, getting the correct fit is essential. A shoe that fits with the school standards and is comfortable is also very important.

Abby January 10, 2014 - 9:04 AM

I look for comfort and support! – I have been shoe shopping for my daughter who starts school this year a few times already but not found what I’m looking for. I’ll have to check out Ascent!

Leanne January 10, 2014 - 9:05 AM

I look for comfort and durability. $80-$120 isnt a lot of money to pay for little kids feet for a whole year.

Melanie January 10, 2014 - 9:10 AM

The first year of school for my oldest son, I bought the Clark shoes and sport shoes from Athletes foot for sports day (1 day per week). At the end of the year, the Clarks shoes were 70% worn and the sports shoes were completely worn out from use also as casual wear; both shoes still fitted fine.

The following year when I found out that the kids were running cross country as a class in their lunchbreak, I bought the Ascent disguised sports/school shoes. There is no need to change shoes at lunchtime and risk losing shoes and I know his feet are always supported. There is also no need to figure out what shoes to wear in the morning and where are they, as there is one set of shoes specifically for school.

Lace-ups are required for school and there has been a struggle tying them and tying them tight enough to stay done up. I now buy the Ascent shoes with the elastic fake laces and the one Velcro strap for all my sons. Gives them independence and they are less likely to miss the school bus in the morning.

It’s a no-brainer, the Ascent shoes last and they are able to do what it would take multiple shoes to achieve.

Angela January 10, 2014 - 9:22 AM

With four kids needing school shoes,
Only the best will we choose.
A school year they must last,
Many others wear out fast!
We’ve put others to the test,
But Ascent are the best.
To give Mum a treat,
And look after their feet,
Head to an Athlete’s Foot store.
You really can’t ask for more!

Clair M January 10, 2014 - 9:24 AM

I have 3 kids the youngest starting school this year & they all have their
Fathers flat feet so they need good quality comfy shoes. I havent tried
Ascent before but would love the oppotunity. 🙂

Miss Maudy January 10, 2014 - 9:39 AM

First, check out the school ground and the playing areas, and the activities they’re likely to be doing in their breaks. My children’s school was a building site for the first year my oldest was there – industrial strength shoes are a must for those circumstances. Now the building works are well and truly complete, it’s a mix of asphalt and grass, and they both play and run mainly on the asphalt – shoes need to have solid soles and ankle support.

Also, you have to seriously consider your child’s abilities in the laces department – if they can’t tie laces tightly themselves, don’t go there no matter how hard they beg and plead. There’s nowt worse for a teacher that’s attempting to supervise an entire playground full of kids to have to endlessly re-tie shoelaces instead of stopping Little Jenny from burying Freddy in the sandpit.

Shazibell January 10, 2014 - 9:41 AM

I have tried many diffferent brands over the last 3 years with little success of them lasting more than 6 months. I have bought expensive ones and cheap ones with the same results.
Thank goodness I have found this site, my house is in order and thanks to the budget tracker so are my finances. I think I will be heading to Ascent this year and hopefully we will have to get new shoes because his feet has grown and not because of the shoes falling apart.

marypreston January 10, 2014 - 10:38 AM


Donella January 10, 2014 - 10:45 AM

I look for quality stitching which will not wear out, good tread for non-slip running on the oval, and a style that my very particular boys will actually like.

Julie Pike January 10, 2014 - 11:42 AM

Comfortable fit (with orthodics), my child’s opinion and ‘The Athlete’s Foot’.

Lisa Pang January 10, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Leather, double stitching, ease of them putting on and off and something they like, if they are a good price too I love that

Mel Betts January 10, 2014 - 12:11 PM

I look for a good fit and durability, plus it has to be something they like so they will happily wear them.

Emma Willis January 10, 2014 - 12:21 PM

Correct fitting, durability (I perform the twist of the shoe test as too much movement is not very good. Comfort of my child, I too can vouch for the ascent shoe. I believe it to be very important to have a proper fitting shoe as my daughter wears these 3 days a week running around the playground, we buy the Mary Jane style and they seem to have excellent support and cushioning for her arches.

Jenny Pierson January 10, 2014 - 1:39 PM

A = agreeable to parent and child
S = shoe that meets school requirements
C = comfortable
E = excellent fit
N = (k)nowledgeable shop assistant for accurate fit
T = toe not hitting front of shoe!

Nicole January 10, 2014 - 3:30 PM

I look for quality. I like a show that looks like a school shoe with a jogger sole and support. Of course my kids are getting fussier as they get older so it has to be some thing that they will wear. With twins I learnt the hard way to stick with ASCENT. The first year I went through 2 pairs of cheaper school shoes, and three pairs of cheaper white joggers for sports day, each! Yes, 12 pairs of shoes. the next year I bought Ascent and they last all year, every year.

nicole January 10, 2014 - 3:33 PM

That was meant to be 3 pairs of school shoes and 3 pairs of joggers each!!!!!

Michelle Wilkinson January 10, 2014 - 8:13 PM

I look for a shoe that will support my daughters feet everyday and that will wear well.

Vicki January 10, 2014 - 8:32 PM

I buy ascents for support and comfort that are best for my child.

Sharon January 10, 2014 - 8:35 PM

I am looking for a shoe which helps to align my 6 year old daughter’s heel to prevent excessive pronation. She gets shin pain if she wears anything other than high quality white joggers but school code is to wear black shoes. So i will definitely give the ascent shoes a go so she can have a supported heel and a black shoe as well!!

jessica January 10, 2014 - 8:38 PM

My twin daughters will be starting kindergarten this year. I’ll be looking for a shoe that has the flexibility to support their feet in all types of physical activity and also Velcro fastening.

Mary-Jane Vella January 10, 2014 - 8:40 PM

This is actually perfect timing for me as I have my first child starting school in a matter of weeks and I’m very lost as to what to buy. When buying my son’s shoes, I will always look for good quality, comfortable shoes that are durable and obviously fit well. So when looking for his school shoes I will be doing the same. Thanks for your tips!

ruthb January 10, 2014 - 8:45 PM

A proper fit, good quality & durability

Joanne Everson January 10, 2014 - 8:46 PM

I look for shoes that are of good quality, are a good fit and are comfortable for my daughter to wear and that will also last

Jane January 10, 2014 - 8:50 PM

Both my partner and I have back problems so I look for a shoe that will support not only my daughter’s feet but her whole body. A shoe that absorbs shock when she walks/runs, is comfortable to wear all day, every day and one that is durable to last at until she grows out of it (which at 5yrs of age, will probably be the end of the year). One that fits her well, so that there is no rubbing, no blisters and no scrunched up toes. One that doesn’t restrict movement and fits the active lifestyle of my little girl.

Melissa January 10, 2014 - 8:56 PM

I look for shoes that fit the foot well – we have brought Ascent shoes for our two eldest children as they seem to fit the shape of their feet well. I also look for a shoe that seems to be well made.

Katrina Mansell January 10, 2014 - 8:59 PM

For my two school aged boys, I buy quality comfortable shoes. People often ask why I bother spending $100 on shoes when their kids have been fine in the $7 Big W shoes. My issue isn’t only about whether or not they will last (although with very active boys this needs to be considered) but I am.more concerned about the health of their feet. They are in these shoes almost all day everyday. I want the best shoes to be fitted properly to my child.

Laurie January 10, 2014 - 9:09 PM

Durable shoe that will with stand everyday activities of my 6yr old boy! Not an easy feat we went through 7 pairs of shoes last year 🙁 We tried Betts Kids, Target, Kmart, Spendless shoe brands.

Janelle January 10, 2014 - 9:12 PM

There is now a great brand of shoes
That every wise parent should choose;
Support and great fit
and they don’t hurt a bit –
ASCENT is the brand you should use!

colleen January 10, 2014 - 9:22 PM

I have the first of my children starting school this year. I have everything organised except for the school shoes, as i have been putting it off, not sure on where or what to buy. This article is exactly what i needed…we always look for good quality, supportive, comfortable shoes for our children…Straight into The Athletes Foot next week for us, Thank you:-)

Cara January 10, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Definitely comfort and durability. Ascent definitely are the best all round shoes- the only one that my very active son can wear and they still look decent (without the usual holes in the toes/soles that he normally has with other brands- did I mention how hard he is on his shoes??). And he is so comfortable in them, and swears he runs faster and better in them. So its a win win all around 🙂

Brooke May January 10, 2014 - 9:46 PM

My daughter has klippel trenaunay syndrome and one of the issues is that her legs are different lengths.
To prevent (or at least reduce) sprains, she needs a shoe with great support, and this year will have to fit her orthotics. But of course they still have to look good!

Sarah January 10, 2014 - 9:56 PM

I would like to have a shoe that lasts long rather than spending money on a shoe that brakes, Id also look for a shoe that is comfortable and also has a lot of space to move your feet around.

Sarah Armstrong January 10, 2014 - 10:33 PM

A good fitting, supportive and comfortable shoe. They are in them all day and do a wide variety of activities. Ill fitting shoes can lead to other health problems. Nothing worse than a pair of shoes that are uncomfortable.

Jenni January 10, 2014 - 10:42 PM

definitely correct fit. my daughter has long narrow feet, my son flat wide feet with a massive inner roll! my feet are dodgy and so painful all of the time and I would hate for my children to have painful feet, so I’m hoping getting properly supported and fitted shoes will help prevent future pain for them.

Karen Turner January 10, 2014 - 10:44 PM

I always look for comfort and style otherwise my kid’s want nothing to do with them.

Janette Genner January 10, 2014 - 11:00 PM

versatility and durability – both of my sons like to play sports/handball at lunchtime so I tend to go for a black leather jogger type shoes. My sons both have a skinny heal but are broad across the front of their feet so I have always had to get their shoes professionally fitted usually costing me heaps. Their last clark shoes did not last the distance so I will give athletes foot a chance this year – my girlfriend also went there last year and was very impressed with her kids shoes and the service. So glad to hear someone else recommends them. Thanks so much for your post on this subject and the pictures of the shoes they offer – the definately look sturdy.

Liz January 10, 2014 - 11:40 PM

support, comfort and that they fit.

Linda C January 10, 2014 - 11:42 PM

Both my girls have problems with their feet, so I always look for support, quality, comfort and style. After spending thousands treating feet problems I don’t want to go cheap and nasty when it comes to shoes.

Kim E January 11, 2014 - 12:36 AM

I look for shoes with good arches as my youngest daughter has flat feet like her father. I don’t want her to have the same problem with her legs and knees that he has. I find it hard to find shoes that look nice but are a good quality and within my budget. Having four daughters it is a costly exercise, and no matter how much I spent on shoes for my twins they would chew through their shoes.

Julie C January 11, 2014 - 12:59 AM

I look for comfort, quality and complying with the shool uniform code. Makes life easier for everyone!!!!

Claire Barton January 11, 2014 - 4:32 AM

I try to avoid synthetic materials and go for leather material, also the quality of how it is put together like stitching compared to glue etc and try to aim for light weight on their feet. For my 7 y/o son I also have to consider the toe section as he is constantly kicking things that is usually the first to go! For my 10 y/o daughter style is super important to avoid being teased as she seems to make a prime target at school so low key mainstream is the usual winner for her!

Virginia January 11, 2014 - 5:56 AM

I look for good support around the heel, something we can put orthotics in & shoes that will last. A podiatrist recommended my son wear Ascent school shoes 4 years ago, & we have never looked back. They are the only school shoes that last the distance with my son.

Melissa Kagie January 11, 2014 - 7:18 AM

Shoes that are comfortable and offer great support is a must when looking for a school shoe.

Sue Mills January 11, 2014 - 7:22 AM

My son has special needs and has some manual dexterity issues with tying shoe laces, so I tend to look for brands that have options of velcro tabs to provide him with some sense of independence (checking out your link to the Ascent website, I see they have these!). Of course, on top of that there is the comfort, the look and how much durability and support they are likely to have.

Cherie January 11, 2014 - 7:50 AM

A well fitting shoe that can be used for both the Class Uniform (3 days a week) and the Sports Uniform (2 days a week). I am not keen to buy 2 pairs of school shoes for a Prep child so the Ascent School shoe that looks like a school shoe and functions as sport shoe suits our needs perfectly.

Trina Hain January 11, 2014 - 8:10 AM

With a very active 7 year old I am looking for durability and then price. I would prefer to pay a premium price as long as it last all the school year.

Karla Carey January 11, 2014 - 8:39 AM

A shoe that fits well, feels comfortable and is durable are my priorities. This means I only need to buy one pair per year

Rachel Kriss-Newell January 11, 2014 - 9:04 AM

I look for a shoe with a comfortable fit – bit like Goldilocks, not too big, not too small, just right; with a bit of growing room and a good tread. Leather so it molds nicely to their feet shape and breathes out those wafting smells. If my son had his way we would buy the biggest, clompiest sandshoes with thick heels and no laces. My daughter on the other hand would like red sparkly shoes like the Wizard of Oz. I’d love the perfect shoe that miraculously appears polished each Monday morning and expands with their ever growing feet.

Cathy K January 11, 2014 - 11:49 AM

I like to buy leather shoes for my children. I look for a shoe with an arch support as I think this is important for posture and to prevent flat feet.

Rhonda Turner January 11, 2014 - 1:28 PM

I look for leather shoes as they let the foot breath, that they are a comfortable fit, have arch support, at least a thumb width between the tip of there toes and the tip of the shoe, as the toes should not rub against the tip of the shoe

Annie Wittup January 11, 2014 - 2:51 PM

When looking for school shoes the essentials are: leather, well supporting, quality, comfort, price, durability.

Liz A January 11, 2014 - 3:13 PM

It’s a juggle between what our podiatrist recommends (bendy in the right place, fitting our custom orthotics while supporting heels and ankles well) and school requirements of all-black leather running shoes!

Samantha Brown January 11, 2014 - 3:41 PM

I look for shoes that have good stitching, are a good price for a large family, and ones that my daughters think look like girls shoes – as I got that wrong once, I hope never to repeat!

Meredith January 11, 2014 - 8:34 PM

I am happy to pay more for shoes that will last for as long as they fit, and can be polished up to a nice shine!

Susan January 12, 2014 - 1:12 AM

I look for fit and comfort but also the weight. Both my children have quite small feet so I don’t want them having to lug around heavy shoes. They need black lace ups for school and I’ve noticed a lot of the good quality ones are chunky and heavy. Susan

Demi Monfries January 12, 2014 - 9:49 AM

Definitely that it fits my son and he finds it comfortable. I also find lots of kids shoes are quite heavy so I like to find ones that are as light as possible. My sons school allows velcro for the first 2 years and then laces so a shoe brand with both options so if the velcro ones are comfy I know the laces ones will be too! My sons feet are quite narrow so ones that cater to this as well would be fantastic!

Abby January 12, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Wow thanks for the shoe advise! My eldest is starting Kindy this year at school, so this is my first time having to buy shoes! So I really needed to read this! Thanks
I need to look for ones with velco apparently to.

Renee January 12, 2014 - 1:27 PM

My son is starting Prep, so these articles are valuable having no previous experience, I know I need to look for quality, comfort and the correct size and from word of mouth – Velcro straps, as he is not yet proficient in tying laces up. Thanks for all the recent articles – proving invaluable!

Bron January 12, 2014 - 1:32 PM

We have now purchased Ascent school shoes for two years now and they are great. They do last the whole year, accommodate one child’s orthotics with no problem, are light to wear and durable. Both children say they are comfortable and never complain about wearing school shoes. Won’t be changing any time soon!

Donna W January 12, 2014 - 2:16 PM

I am about to become a school mum, so don’t really know what to look for in a school shoe. Everyone who I’ve asked advice from has told me to look for leather, sports style shoes and to get them properly fitted.

Most friends have recommended going to Athlete’s Foot over Shoes ‘n Sox because of the Ascent brand quality. So I guess I will be heading to Athletes Foot! I would love to win a free pair. Thanks for the tip about bringing his own socks!

Nikki D January 12, 2014 - 4:44 PM

I look for shoes that have a good sole, are flexible and fit well around the ankle. Ascent ticks all of these boxes

Carli Thom January 12, 2014 - 6:44 PM

I look for a leather shoe, well made with a good reputation. I had been buying Clarks shoes for 13yrs and last year tried Ascent, I was very happy with them, I will be buying them again this year for my six children!

karen keiper January 12, 2014 - 10:09 PM

leather, well made and value for money are my criteria.(as well as a good fit of course!!)

Dani January 13, 2014 - 7:20 AM

Durablity and flexibility ….. a shoe that can handle my VERY active kids and that will last longer than a term. My 13yo and 6yo are very hard on shoes, whereas my 9yo makes them last … must be the different ways they play!

julie January 13, 2014 - 7:44 AM

A good pair of school shoes has
1. Strong ankle support but not too rigid
2. When you twist the toes and heel it does move with some resistance
3. Good weight.. not too heavy and not too light
4. Comfort.. if they are not comfortable you wont want to wear them
5. Good stitching and looks good

Tricia Greig January 13, 2014 - 9:32 AM

I have not had to buy “proper” school shoes before. My kids have so far just worn runners or sandals they already own. This year my eldest boy starts highschool with a very strict uniform. After purchasing the clothes and the Ipad for him I then turned to shoes. AHHHHHHHH! $$$$$ Im not happy about the state of the leather industry at the moment (the use of sacred indian cows is disgusting and our leather industry is not very good either) So im looking for an eco friendly shoe that still fits with the code. I have been reading these posts and I will be on a mission to check out the Acsent shoe range this payday.

Caroline Kelly January 13, 2014 - 9:50 AM

Comfort, reliability, effectiveness, room for feet to grow, ease of cleaning and hardiness.

Brenda Kapsley January 13, 2014 - 10:34 AM

i like my daughter to like the look but i expect them to be comfortable and safe as well

Helen January 13, 2014 - 12:13 PM

Durability. With two minichaps, I need a shoe that I know will last longer on the playground than they do.

kel412 January 13, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Fit, comfort and durability, I want my kids to be comfortable in their shoes as they spend a lot of time in them, and I also prefer the school sports shoe in one, as the kids don’t have to carry another pair of shoes in their bags on sports or PE days.

Kasey Evans January 13, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Price, comfort, durability, correct colour, leather & room for growth.

Thash January 13, 2014 - 2:34 PM

My little girl is starting Prep soon. She has not been to Kindy or DayCare and has always been with me – so aside from the emotional side of her going to Prep (sob) – there’s also the enormous amount of decisions I am now having to make regarding lunch boxes, school bags, book lists, homework nooks, school shoes etc. and I am confused as!! Your website has been an ENORMOUS help – thank you so very much for all your advice. To answer the competition question: I would look for durability, quality stitching, comfortable inner parts, the look of the shoe is important and I would look for a shoe that’s been recommended by “The Organised Housewife!” since you seem to have it all together and you have the school mum experience and knowledge! I’ve already bought stuff for my daughter’s homework nook, am going to use the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus and will look for lunch ideas on your site. Being on one income the Ascent Footwear shoes are a bit pricey for us – so would love to win a pair. Thank you again for all your help!

Jill January 13, 2014 - 4:22 PM

I chose school shoes that are not too heavy so my kids run around all lunch break. Many of the huge, clunky leather school shoes are very heavy.

Melissa Jones January 13, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Breathable. My boy has sweaty feet. It’s horrible if his shoes are not breathable particularly after playing sports.

Sam Santillo January 13, 2014 - 5:20 PM

comfort and the right fit!!

Di January 13, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Comfort that won’t wear out before they’re grown out of. I want shoes that last.

DIANA O January 13, 2014 - 6:58 PM

Affordable durability that’s comfortable. AND they have to look good, my two are right royal little shoe snobs……and yep they got it from me!

Karina Wong January 13, 2014 - 8:35 PM

It is good quality and will fit them for at least a year!

Rachel Reed January 14, 2014 - 6:36 AM

Longevity, I have 4 kids and I have learnt from experience that cheap shoes mean that they will only last a few weeks at the most.( I have 3 boys) The more you pay means the longer they will last, generally. I also work in a school, and see some kids wearing “cheap” shoes and sure enough they are wrecked soon enough.

Nadine January 14, 2014 - 7:09 AM

Over the years my Podiatrist hubby has taught me to
# check that the shoe bends with the foot
#take the orthotics with me!
# take out the innersole, stand my children’s feet on it to check where their toes spread to make sure that growing toes aren’t being squashed.
# quality sole that can handle scuffing.
I have taken many shoes back when I haven’t followed the guidelines. Will be fine with Ascent…my hubby rates these.

Chris January 14, 2014 - 8:38 AM

A quality shoe in a store with good customer service that can measure and fit the 4 children as quickly as possible! It is never often a pleasurable experience taking all 4 shoe shopping!

Meghan Lawson January 14, 2014 - 11:15 AM

Well fitting and durable as well as easy for the children to put on.

JBMarigold January 14, 2014 - 1:05 PM

For the money outlaid, shoes have to have QUALITY… a substantial sole, heavy-duty stitching and leather that will outlast the child’s time in them!

Only then is fashion considered!

Julia Mason January 14, 2014 - 3:20 PM

I look for extreme comfort and a great style as school is challenging enough without adding sore feet to the list!

LadyTiffany OfGlencoe January 14, 2014 - 4:22 PM

All leather, the right fit and comfort, plus they have to be durable for the rough play and time spent in them

Sharon Fawcett January 14, 2014 - 6:51 PM

I go for leather shoes as they last longer and stand up to boys kicking footys and lord knows what else and always make sure I get them professionally fitted.

Sandy Horsfall January 14, 2014 - 9:47 PM


Lisa January 15, 2014 - 6:24 AM

Durability – Buying cheaper shoes that don’t last distant is just false economy.

Christina Lungo January 15, 2014 - 7:37 AM

Support and shoes that are versatile as well as reliable

ardentwhispers January 15, 2014 - 7:47 AM

Much like you, I look for comfort and versatility in a school shoe!

Kate Young January 15, 2014 - 8:32 AM

I want happy little feet,
To walk along our street,
To school for another year,
That they’ll meet with good cheer!

When buying shoes I look for fit,
But that is only part of it,
I need shoes that run a mile,
And produce a happy smile!

For mums and kids all year long,
Durable leather – can’t go wrong,
Easy to fasten for littlies too,
I just love a good school shoe!

Narelle Rock January 15, 2014 - 9:13 AM

I look for shoes that have good soles that are non-slip, well made, preferably leather so they breathe, they need to fit well and be comfortable.

Tania C January 15, 2014 - 11:12 AM

Durability – my eldest son is in men’s sizes and is costing us a fortune!

Antonietta January 15, 2014 - 11:20 AM

At the moment, our school shoes have to have velcro, per obvious
reasons, can’t tie shoe laces just yet and don’t want that phone call
from school saying, he’s fallen, won’t stop crying, hurt his leg, need
to go to doctor. Other features I look for are a comfortable fit,
leather to mould around the feet, support and a lasting quality in the
shoe. I don’t want to have to go purchase another pair a month down the

Karla Oleinikoff January 15, 2014 - 11:35 AM

Comfort, utility, versatility and practicality. I always have my kids school shoes expertly fitted, They wear them so much I don’t want to take chances and get it wrong.

TajKai January 15, 2014 - 1:42 PM

I spend ages looking for the perfect shoe. I seek to find one that meets school uniform specifications, one that is comfortable and is wide enough for my sons’ broad feet, one which provide postures support, shoes which are easy for my children to put on and take off … and, I cross my fingers when it comes to this criteria, are not excessively expensive.

Heather Gaudette January 15, 2014 - 1:50 PM

Their comfort!

Kelly Ryan January 15, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Durability, comfort and a great design (not clodhoppers) as my eldest would say.

Kristina January 15, 2014 - 2:38 PM

Today comfort means nothing to kids all about style. I love it when the 2 meet and we’re both happy

GabyP January 15, 2014 - 3:55 PM

“As long as I can kick a soccer ball in them, they’re fiiiiiiiiinnnnnne mum”. See the above request…plus shoes that are comfortable, durable and a reasonable price!

Soni January 15, 2014 - 3:58 PM

I like shoes to be easy for schoolkids to put on themselves properly – ie, using the buckles rather than forcing their feet into the shoes as is.

Abby Lee January 15, 2014 - 3:59 PM

Comfort is the most important as I hate seeing them with blisters at the end of the day!

Barbara Fehmel January 15, 2014 - 4:43 PM

the perfect school shoe must be expertly fitted, for comfort for the child.

Kirsten W January 15, 2014 - 4:58 PM

Soles that are sturdy and thick enough to protect the feet from pain and injury, but also flexible so that they will bend with the foot. A bit like how I like the men in my life!

Lynsey Stephensen January 15, 2014 - 5:20 PM

It’s my girls’ first year of school,
so I’m a newbie to this world.
One thing I know is that throughout prep,
I’ll guide and support her with a COMFORTABLE step!
A STURDY shoe for lessons and play,
and DURABLE (I want them to last beyond May!)

helendeb January 15, 2014 - 5:54 PM

School shoes …. the bane of my existence! My kids need BROWN leather shoes for school and these are one of the few brands that supply them. Love athletes foot for their fitting service.

lindasteabben January 15, 2014 - 6:13 PM

I look for comfort and good quality leather so I know we will last the year without another trip to the shoe store for replacements!

Liesljt January 15, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Well made leather shoes that have half a chance of lasting 6 months. They get worn each day, treated roughly in the playground, walked to & from school, footy gets played in them, bikes ridden and school days lived in them!

Martin January 15, 2014 - 7:13 PM


Alicia Bardsley January 15, 2014 - 7:13 PM

Top quality and value for money

Kyla January 15, 2014 - 7:26 PM

I always look at the back of the heel, my girls both complain of their shoes rubbing and hurting. So tough to get comfortable ones!

Smilie2601 January 15, 2014 - 8:27 PM

One Two buckle my shoe,

Three, Four I ONLY buy brand new!

Five, Six the kids NEED to try!

Seven, Eight! A reputable brand I’ll buy!

Nine, Ten, I’ll encourage a Jump! Walk! Skip AGAIN and AGAIN!

Eleven! Twelve! Leather they must be!

Thirteen! Fourteen! There MUST be a guarantee!

Fifteen! Sixteen! A professional to size,

Seventeen! Eighteen! I will NEVER improvise!

Nineteen! Twenty! Fingers crossed I need to BUY 5 pairs of
school shoes! Yearning to WIN this wondrous prize!

Matt January 15, 2014 - 8:37 PM

Since my daughter needs shoes
And I don’t want to hear boo hoo’s,
I check websites for advice
On school related issues like shoes and lice 🙂
Having no clue
And starting to feel blue,
I looked to you

So, this year we’re buying Ascents
And hoping they don’t cost too many dollars and cents.
Durability, likeability and comfort to precious little feet
Are the standards that these shoes must meet

So, here’s to having no despair
And hopefully wining a brand new pair!

luciec January 15, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Quality, great fit and comfort are essential as school shoes can make of break a child’s day, ill fitting shoes can stop them from participating in sporting activities and joining in skipping or playing tag ..all essential part of the social activities not to mention the long term health problems that can result from poor quality shoes.

Kim January 15, 2014 - 9:55 PM

I look for shoes that will fit my daughters arch supports in .

Pip Giltay January 15, 2014 - 11:38 PM

I look for comfort and durability, they’re wearing them 5 days a week, I want them to be comfortable and to last until they grow out of them

Pauline January 16, 2014 - 5:36 AM

Quality, durability & comfort

Melissa Krohn January 16, 2014 - 8:42 AM

Comfort and support

Jocelyn R January 16, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Comfort, support and durability

Fiona Quinn January 16, 2014 - 11:35 AM

Durability, leather so we can polish them to look like new when scuffed. Love ones with removalbe innersoles so can take out and “get more space” for the growing foot inside.

Fi January 16, 2014 - 12:04 PM

I look for support, comfort and a guarantee – my older son can wear some shoes out in 8 weeks – I sometimes wonder if he chews on them if he gets hungry!

M.Cowan January 16, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Support,comfort,durability and my kids have to like them!

louiseg January 16, 2014 - 2:02 PM

kids have to like them and their comfort from the beginning

Lauren H January 16, 2014 - 4:55 PM

My son has Sever’s Disease which causes him a large amount of lower leg pain so comfortable shoes that have the ability to take lifts and last for as long as possible are like hens teeth. Athletes foot is one of the very few places I can find shoes that tick any of those boxes

Michelle Gray January 16, 2014 - 8:21 PM

I look for wide toes, after once spending 40 minutes getting my daughter to put on her school shoes as they were causing her sock to rub her toes, I’ve learnt my lesson.

Izzy Brown January 16, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Kids’ shoes need to be good quality, perfect fit, smooth inside, perfectly comfortable, lightweight but bouncy too, so impact is low!

Kara January 16, 2014 - 8:59 PM

Durability! I need it. With 3 teens in the house I go through shoes like water. I have been known to of bought 6 pairs in a week!! They need to last and they need to be ‘cool’ enough for them to wear them. These completely fit the bill!

Karly January 16, 2014 - 9:33 PM

Velcro. One term of tying laces multiple times a day and we made the move to velcro for the rest of the year.

Kylie Bowers Weinz January 16, 2014 - 10:29 PM

Suport, they are running around all day playing outside they need to give them the support they need!

Vija Leitis January 16, 2014 - 10:52 PM

Support with a correct instep. Bad fitting shoes cause painful feet

Lauren Anastasiou January 16, 2014 - 11:14 PM

The screwed up bit of packing paper in the toes of the shoes… it makes a big difference to the fit of the shoes (lol).

Kylie Cook January 17, 2014 - 1:22 AM

I look for comfort, they have to wear them almost eight hours so they have to be comfortable.

Over 40 January 17, 2014 - 7:42 AM

I choose shoes that are well made, light weight and comfortable with room for growth
like ASCENT shoes
they’re the ones I like the most
Podiatry endorsed and worth every penny
with styles a plenty

Virginia January 17, 2014 - 10:45 AM

My son has turned feet so needs support, comfort and durability of the ascent shoe

Nicjd January 17, 2014 - 10:52 AM

Kids can be cruel so I like to make sure that the shoe looks good so that my son won’t get picked on for his shoes (and I also ensure all the other boxes are ticked such as comfort, fit, durability etc)!

Tate January 17, 2014 - 11:02 AM

They need to be comfortable, they need to support my child’s growing feet, and they need to last the school year.

renee January 17, 2014 - 12:38 PM

comfortable and dont break the bank

Belinda Bann January 17, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Quality and fit! get this wrong and you can potentially damage growing feet, not to mention wallets!

Cecilia Warrick January 17, 2014 - 2:12 PM

My son’s chronic immunity problems have made him miss a huge amount of school,
plus his feet fall in badly,
which we discovered is causing leg pains;
he needs something comfortable and light but supportive too,
that will encourage him to go to school,
that’s a lot to ask of a shoe,
but I am sure that Ascent CAN DO!

Charmaine Ladner January 17, 2014 - 2:22 PM

A good pair of school shoes are well fitting and long lasting, can fit orthodics and are comfortable to play soccer in. Our last pair of Ascent school shoes lasted 2 years, and my son wears them at his part time job too. One more pair will see out his school years 🙂

Rachelle S January 17, 2014 - 3:40 PM

Shoes that don’t scuff easily, easy to put on, made tough and last a long time.

miasiello January 17, 2014 - 4:34 PM

Shoes that fit properly, support the foot and are made well enough to last!!
I will definitely look at this range, we are off to shop for school shoes tomorrow so thanks for the great info, cheers 🙂 Megan Iasiello

Rach2643 January 17, 2014 - 4:39 PM

Comfort, durability and quality.

Deborah De Geeter January 17, 2014 - 5:56 PM

Shoes that fit correctly and that are comfortable

Julie Ford January 17, 2014 - 7:46 PM

shoes that are comfortable and easy to wear for my little ones feet

Guest January 19, 2014 - 8:53 PM

Quality, quality, quality. Also knowing they’re the best fit for my children’s feet, and they will support the feet, which in turn supports a proper posture, and keep them healthy. They need to be comfortable, and look good too. Hmm, is that a little picky? Only the best will do 🙂

Lowes Manhattan Pty. Ltd April 17, 2014 - 6:21 PM

The item appears to be excellent despite the fact that…. Appreciate it pertaining to producing.

Louise Davie December 19, 2014 - 10:12 PM

Am the BIGGEST fan of Accent school shoes!! I promote them too at the school as BEING # 1 for being durable, comfortable & economical!! … Girls that don’t complain– that is a GUARANTEED!! 😉

Michelle A January 4, 2015 - 1:45 PM

A smile on my childs face. This way i know they are excited and happy to wear the shoes. SO, really no reason to complain about going to school for the whole year! right???? I have always purchased ascent shoes, would not look at purchasing anything else

amanda January 5, 2015 - 9:28 PM

Firsr year buying school shoes,i will be looking for quality, i will definitely be looking at the ascent shoes, thanks

Marjorie January 8, 2015 - 2:13 PM

Fit is my biggest concern. My daughter was born with Talipes and having gone through the many, many casts, boots and bars and leg braces I’m not risking her future mobility on cheaply made, poorly fitting shoes!

Carolyn January 11, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Quality which for me means both comfort and durability. I have three boys and ideally I’d like to see a shoe last long enough o hand down at least once! So far we’ve had Clarkes and Airflex shoes, but this year my son (being very sporty) wants black shoes that look and feel like runners, so we’re going to give Ascent a try.

Carola Isaacs January 14, 2015 - 2:08 PM

The ‘right fit’ is the most important. Second is quality, preferably a leather shoe that will last. I have medical issues with my feet and realise the importance of good shoes. So when my son was starting Prep last year who has very narrow feet (also slim around the ankles) we spent countless hours with him trying to find the right shoes for school. It wasn’t pleasant for either of us but now we are super happy as we won’t go through it again in a while. I now know which brands to buy that suit and for black formal style lace ups the Ascent shoes are a clear winner! A fabulous buy. It was hard to invest the money at the time, but they lasted the entire year and have withstood a lot of neglect by my active 6 year old, I really I consider the shoes more of an investment than just a shoe purchase. Most places offer a fitting service, however soon you realise that some places are more experts than just sales staff… I cringe thinking about our struggles with fitting last year, but it is so important to get the right fit to avoid issues. Doesn’t matter what the shoes look like, just get the fit right. 🙂

Tanya January 14, 2015 - 5:00 PM

My children need a great pair of shoes as they both wear orthotics and I have found that the ascent shoes cater to our needs. We look for shoes that have good ankle support and are a bit higher around the heel. Leather shoes last much longer and give a lot of comfort as they stretch. My son wears a size 13 and Ascent shoes come in sizes that fit him.

Lara January 14, 2015 - 8:25 PM

Same as what I look for in a bra- comfort, support, durability and if you’re lucky, something that looks good too ? Got to look after their feet!

Charlie January 16, 2015 - 8:14 PM

With children I go along with recommendations by others that have children as they have learnt before me. I was recommended Ascent school shoes from the podiatrist I took my daughter to. So bought them last year and got the while years wear out of them. Goes to show they are quality made. Am yet to get this years school shoes so am crossing everything here that she again will be in Ascent shoes.

kristy burridge January 17, 2015 - 11:56 PM

I would look for support for my child’s feet. They will be doing a wide range of movements so will need good support. Then I would look for Velcro fastenings and colour.

Jennifer Nizette January 3, 2016 - 3:52 PM

What do I look for in a shoe. One that is supportive, durable, comfortable and one that is attractive to wear. If the best shoe is not fashionable well then you have wasted all your money as they will sit in the cupboard until the child has outgrown them. I believe in preventative measures and a shoe that is well fitted etc will save us money in any ensuing medical bills. In the past my children (Miss 12, Miss 9 and Master 9) have worn runners that are either Brooks, Asics. These are professionally fitted The primary school did not have a shoe policy. Even though my children are extremely active I have found that I did not have to replace a shoe before it was outgrown. Now I have to buy black shoes for Miss 12 . Will go to Ascents for a peek-a-boo!

Angela Heap January 8, 2016 - 6:04 AM

I think that the main factors I look for in a school shoe Is comfort, support and durability. My 7 yr old ruins all her shoes as she is really rough on them (no idea what she does to put them in such a state). I came across this site when goggling the best footwear for school, thank you so much for the advice. 🙂

Stephanie chambers January 9, 2016 - 7:49 PM

I have one child, a son, who is 8. This is his fourth year at school and when buying shoes I look for something that is affordable, comfortable, looks great and fits in with school policy. A good fit in the shoe is worth the hunting around to find!

Rochelle January 12, 2016 - 12:28 AM

I never compromise when it comes to my child’s feet. I have an athletic 12 year old boy who generally outgrows his shoes well before he can wear them out! (Currently men’s size 12)

Ascent shoes tick a number of boxes. They offer a formal shoe with all the comfort and support you expect from a high quality runner.

The first thing I look for when buying school shoes for my son is superior stability, comfort (nothing too heavy) teamed with quality make/material and overall aesthetics.

chers January 10, 2019 - 12:00 PM

with my 1st child commencing school this year im dying to find the right pair of shoes that both look decent for her and also can be used for sports

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 3:23 PM Reply

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