The humble foot. It is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. And our kiddos’ little tootsies are supporting their whole bodies for over six hours a day when they’re at school. So it makes sense that, when buying school shoes, we buy the best ones we can afford. We’ve been stepping out around the island to find the best places to buy school shoes in Singapore before the kids head back to school.
Ten Feet Tall
Ten Feet Tall sells a huge range of school and Asics kids’ sports shoes, and provides the only full-service measuring and fitting service in Singapore. Opened in July 2016 by expat mum duo Sam and Nicola, it’s a huge hit with school mums island-wide. Yep, wave goodbye to taking that extra suitcase on your overseas trips to stock up on shoes over the summer (children’s feet expand in the heat, so shoes are more likely to fit better and last for longer if they’re measured in Singapore)! Carrying leading brands including Start-Rite, Petasil, Ricosta, Ascent and Asics (trainers, football boots and netball shoes), you’re sure to find the perfect pair for children aged from three to 18. Shoes range in size from a dinky EU24/UK7 up to a man-sized EU48/UK13, plus come in widths E, F and G (narrow to wide) – and prices are in line with the UK and Australia. We LOVE that Ten Feet Tall has teamed up with British podiatrist Helen Crawford to sort out any niggling foot problems (she provides free mini consultations in the shop once a month). You can also donate your used shoes to the Shoe Bank to help people all over the world who really need them. Waste not want not we say! So whether you have a break-time ballerina or a lunchtime footballer on your hands, head to Ten Feet Tall in Holland Village or go online for free shipping across Singapore.
02-16 Holland Village Shopping Centre, 211 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278967; www.tenfeettallshoes.com
The Shoe Co has a wide variety of both boys’ and girls’ school shoes from brands Richter and Ascent. They’re mostly leather, with non-slip soles and provide good arch support. It also offers a free fitting consultation to find the perfect shoe for your child.
Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, 02-36/37, Singapore 247933; http://theshoeco.com.sg
Bata is our go-to for school shoes that aren’t too expensive. Pop in-store to find a range of black and white school shoes for both boys and girls. Perfect if you’ve got a human weed on your hands, these shoes will fit the bill for your fast-growing kiddo. Keep your eyes out for money-saving offers: we’ve bagged ‘buy one get one free’ deals a few times for our own kids’ functional footwear.
Outlets across the island; www.bata.com.sg
Hopla is a lovely kids’ shoe store, with locations at Cluny Court and United Sqaure. It offers high-quality black leather school shoes from Italian brand Froddo in narrow, medium and wide fittings to cater for all tootsies. Delivery is free Singapore-wide on orders above $80.
#02-23 Cluny Court, 501, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760 and #01-57 United Square, 101 Thomson Rd;
Queensway Shopping Centre
Queensway Shopping Centre is THE place to source sports shoes in Singapore. Queensway is a sport-lovers’ paradise, with three floors of sports shops, selling a variety of sporting goods, including black and white kids’ trainers. While you’re here, you can also pick up other odds and ends for school, including backpacks, goggles and swimming gear.
At the junction of Alexandra Road and Queensway, 1 Queensway; www.queenswayshoppingcentre.com.sg.
Next is perfect if you don’t need to try before you buy. This online retailer offers free shipping to Singapore within five working days and has an amazing range of school shoes. From more affordable man-made fabrics to leather lovelies, there’s a shoe to suit every foot and budget.
Top image: Ten Feet Tall
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