H is always coming up for new ideas for how we can showcase a product in a picture, but I think this is the first time we have tried anything this acrobatic for shoes. So when we were try out these Aqua Warrior shoes from Start-rite, he came up with some new moves to show them off. We had this ball called the Mega Bounce to review the other year and it’s been very popular for its bouncy properties, but it does lend itself to some garden gymnastics too.
What do I want from school shoes as a mum? I want them to look smart (at least to start with and to polish up well later). I want them to be comfortable as H will be wearing them a lot of hours each day. I want them to be practical, so he can run around in the playground. I want them to be hard-wearing and not need replacing until his feet have outgrown them.
So I think they do look very smart and I’m hopeful they will still polish up to look smart after a couple of months of playground wear and tear. They do have scuff resistant toe protection to help them look good for longer. There’s padding around the ankle to help with comfort and support, plus breathable linings (just as well as like most boys H has quite sweaty feet). I like that there are removable insoles to keep his feet fresh. They need to be practical – I’m all for riptape fastenings as I think they give a nice secure fit, but they are also very easy to put on and take off (H doesn’t do laces yet, so this is a must for us). How hardwearing they will be, I’ll only be able to say in time, but they do seem well made and I’m confident that they will last well.