We were sent a measuring gauge and will be sent a pair of shoes in exchange for writing this post
School shoes were always an expensive no brainer when I was a child. Once a year we would be taken into town about a week before term began to be measured in the one decent shoe shop. It would be alarmingly busy so there was a guaranteed wait of what felt like a month and usually there would be a choice of 2 styles in our size if we were lucky. We would be given a warning to take care of our shoes because they needed to last. Every year we all (Mum included) absolutely dreaded it.
Fast forward some years and I had become a parent. Off I took my newly walking son to our local shoe shop (rhymes with barks…you know the one) and after a bit of a wait we had his feet measured. As I watched the teenage shop assistant with my son I just wasn’t convinced that they had got it right. So, when we left the shop we walked to the department store (which sells the brand that rhymes with barks too) and had him measured again. We went to 3 different shops in the end (what? I’m thorough!) and we were given THREE DIFFERENT SIZES. That was the day I decided that that particular brand was not worth the money they charge.
So good to see that a change has come.
Treads is changing the game. The brand was born out of the frustrations of a parent – which is always a good start. It means that the brains behind it know about what children – and parents – need from a school shoe. Back to school can be a horrendously expensive prospect for a lot of parents. School shoes often make up a large part of the budget so it really is important that we choose a great pair.
The idea of Treads is fundamentally a pretty simple one. Well made school shoes which can be bought online and are built to last – even if your child appears like mine to be ridiculously heavy footed. Some days I feel like I spend the lions share of it instructing Moose to stop stomping and “is that a herd of Elephants up there?!” can be regularly heard to be shouted up our stairs (apologies again dear neighbours about the noise… I can assure you I do ask nicely before the shouting begins, promise.)
So what makes Treads any better than all of the other school shoes on the market?
- Permair® leather – Breathable performance leather
- “Strobel” construction – The upper is placed in a mould and the sole is injected around it
- Reinforced heels – Prevents splitting through stamping
- Shock absorbing insoles – Easy to remove too!
- Flexible injection moulded soles – Hard Wearing, non slip and non-marking
- Reinforced seams – Additional strength
- Easy clean – Wipe clean surface
- Texon® board inner – Designed to reinforce sole and wick away moisture
- Treads come in a range of different styles and sizes to suit boys and girls aged 6 to 16 (unless your child has massive paws like mine in which case they also suit 4 yr olds..)
So confident are Treads about their shoes being built to last, they offer a 12 month guarantee. A whole year!
AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DRAG YOUR CHERUBS TO A SHOP. A change indeed.
At Home Measuring
There are 2 ways to do this. You can download a free paper measure which you then print out and use to measure your child’s shoe size. The other way is to purchase a foot measuring gauge which is then posted to you to use at home. We tried the latter.
I was so excited to receive our Treads Foot Measuring Kit in the post. For the £5 it costs I was surprised that it felt much better in quality than I had expected. Definitely something that can be put away to use next summer.
The gauge comes with an easy to follow instruction booklet which even after 3 hours sleep and a morning of Teen Titans I could follow without stuffing it up.
This is how easy it was to measure Mooses feet for his Treads school shoes.
It really is that simple.
Measure the length. Measure the width. Input the measurement on the Treads website and then order the shoes and wait for their arrival!
We cannot wait to receive Mooses new school shoes and, with the way he gets through shoes, really make use of that 12 month guarantee. We will be able to request a new pair if any of the following happens
- the sole has split or is removed from the upper
- the outsole is worn through into the midsole
- the stitching has failed resulting in a split or torn seam
- the leather upper is cracked or damaged forming a hole
- a strap has detached or split leaving it non functional
- the eyelets are detached from upper.
I am really impressed by what I have seen so far and I will be sure to post an update when the shoes arrive.
Win a pair of Treads school shoes
I am so pleased that the fabulous people from Treads has given 1 Mummy&Moose reader the opportunity to win a pair of Treads school shoes of their very own. To be in with a chance of winning, follow the instructions and make sure you enter by 23:59 on 19/08/19.