School shoes. Not as fun as buying a batman cape or a sparkly tutu, but very important nevertheless and, yes, they can actually be stylish. That’s thanks to Meeny’s, a little-known children’s shoe brand that makes all its shoes in Spain using traditional methods.
Founder Isabel Howell studied shoe design at London College of Fashion and set up Meeny’s in
2012. Since then, the reputation of this independent label has been growing steadily to become a firm favourite amongst parents. And it has recently launched a new school shoes range.
Made from high quality calfskin and a soft pigskin lining, these are shoes that don’t rub or pinch, but which provide all the necessary support and sturdiness for little feet. We love the fact that all the shoes fasten with velcro or a buckle so that children can take off and put on their own shoes by themselves. The school shoes range includes classic Mary Jane, Derby and T-bar designs available in blue, brown or black, but it’s well worth checking out the rest of the range, which includes shoes for babies and some snazzier numbers too.
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Here are some of our top picks from the collection:
These natty little numbers will turn even the naughtiest scamp into the perfect gent (if only for a short while). Available in a rich bottle green smooth-finished buckskin with rubber sole, they offer a superb grip while slipping on quickly and staying on all day. Available in sizes 24-31. Little Lord Fauntelroy, here you come!
Inspired by Richmail Crompton’s ‘Just William’ novels, these are the quintessential sturdy boy’s shoe, perfect for all sorts of rough and tumble. Hard-wearing, waterproof and anti-slip, The Derby is made from the finest quality Spanish calfskin and is a firm favourite with us. Available in sizes 22-26.
No, these super-snappy red suede shoes are not part of the school range, but they are quite the pair to bring out for special occasions. Designed with a velcro strap for quick and secure fastening, they are light and springy with a superb grip and the snazziest alternative to trainers we’ve seen for a long time. Available in sizes 24-31.
These chocolate brown Mary-Janes (also available in blue and black) make an adorable yet practical school shoe. Complete with a velcro strap and black rubber soles, the shoes can be taken off and put on easily by little people while standing up to the trials of some serious playground time. Available in sizes 25-34.