Frankly, my children could walk around in threadbare t-shirts and shorts that are three sizes too small for them and I’d be hard pressed to battle them into something presentable.
Actually, truth be told, my son often does – he has a pair of shorts I bought him when he was two that he can still fit into three years later. What can I say? He inherited my husband’s skinny genes (GEDDIT?! Sorry…).
My own mother, when I was a thoughtless, unlistening teenager, would occasionally try to talk me through a concept called a ‘false economy’. Like, scrimping on your kid’s shoes only to find in the future they have podiatric and skeletal issues that will need to be addressed.
She also used to sigh prosaically when my siblings and I were being particularly trying and mutter something like; you have to pick your battles.
So, while I’m happy to let my small people roam free looking like extras from the cast of Oliver Twist, I will fight them into a pair of quality shoes every day.
MYER have a great selection of school and sports shoes for just this purpose, and happily you can make a fitting appointment online. No queues for you. In, fit and out (or in, fit and then pop up to ladies wear.)
Top of the line, a pair of Clarks Daytona are sturdy and reliable, yes. But they’re also a classic black lace up, and look great on little boys and young men. (They’ll also double very nicely as a pair of formal shoes if you have occasion for them.)