Sometimes it almost feels like you’re blackmailing your kids with shiny new shoes and a nice backpack to get them excited about back-to-school time (the most wonderful time of the year).Usually, the thrill of all that new gear lasts for the first day and a half, before they’re assigned homework and it all gets very serious. There’s still a few weeks left to get organised and to make sending the kids back to school as painless as possible. Littlewoods Ireland has a fantastic range of children’s school wear, so you can avoid trudging endlessly around the high streets looking for the perfect back-to-school combo. We’ve got great quality footwear to help put a spring in your little one’s step and some cool bags depicting all of their favourite heroes and ‘toons.
Stylish and Practical School Shoes for Girls and Boys
If your girls like the classic punky vibe of Docs, or you just want a quality pair of boots for school, these Dr Martens Patent Lace Boots are a good buy. Dr Martens have a whole new generation of fans now, thanks to their new inventive floral patterns and loads of celebrities from Demi Lovato to the Obama girls sporting them. Or, if you’d like to save the Docs for the weekend and go with something more lightweight for school, these Kickers Aldar Flower Shoes are ideal. When it comes to PE days or after-school activities, make sure their trainers are every bit as stylish as their shoes with this fab selection of trainers.
Young boys tend to like school shoes that look a little bit sporty. These Kickers Tovni Sneak Shoes and Demo Boys Dillon Strap Shoes are great because they’re like shoe-trainer hybrids. Both styles are black, which makes them school-rules-friendly. It also means they won’t age as quickly. Unfortunately for parents, energetic boys and white un-washable shoes are likely to be a disastrous combo. For PE days, make sure your very own little athletes are togged out in some cool trainers for boys.
Pack it up now, pack it up!
To further assist with the back-to-school themed blackmail, you might find yourself buying some fun kids’ stationery sets because, let’s be honest, learning is just that bit more fun when your pencil is covered in wacky yellow Minions and your ruler is adorned with Earth’s mightiest heroes.
For somewhere to keep it all, choose from our great selection of bags and backpacks. Some of my favourite picks are this Peppa Pig Luggage Set (not only is this every child’s dream luggage set, it’s also a great practical buy for parents as it is a ‘one click’ purchase) and this Minions Trolley Case which will hold everything a child needs to get their school adventure started, without putting unnecessary strain on their growing back.
Many parents and teachers encourage their kids to use a trolley instead of a rucksack depending on how heavy their load is. But if they’re lucky and their teachers keep homework minimal, something like this retro comic book style Star Wars Courier Bag will do just fine (and with the new movie coming out in December, it’s bang on trend!).
Speaking of retro, the classics never go out of date, so this Old Skool Vans Disney Backpack is super cool for anyone of any age. For something more specifically suited for teens, this classic skater boy design Animal Kick Start Backpack or this boho Girls Aztec Backpack are cool choices that are both trendy and practical.
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