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Biggest has always been a cautious child. Being behind with motor skills, and generally anxious, he was never in a rush to run, jump and climb like many children his age. His school shoes for Reception lasted the whole year. They were barely even scratched when he broke up for the Summer. I heard other parents complain about how expensive school shoes were, and how quickly they were ruined, and I did not know whether to feel happy that I was not shelling out a fortune or a little sad that my boy did not join in with activities that made for scuffed shoes and flushed cheeks.
Since he started Year 1, there have been huge changes. He is much more settled and confident. As a result, he has come on in leaps and bounds – not just in his studies, but with motor skills, emotional development and with his personal relationships.
In the second week of term, he came home with the toes of his new school shoes entirely scuffed bare.
It turns out that he had been “practising” his running in the playground with some other children. I did not care a jot that his shoes were pretty much ruined.
Treads Indestructible Shoes
It was just at that time that Treads approached me to try out their range of indestructible school shoes. Check out the competition to win a pair below.
Treads was formed by Simon Locke, a single dad and marketing director with UK-wide shoe and multi-retailer, BVG Group. Simon fed up of having to continually replace his son’s school shoes and frustrated at wasting hundreds of pounds every year on shoes that were simply not lasting. He decided to tackle the problem by creating his very own indestructible shoe brand, using his experience in the industry.
Treads shoes feature reinforced heels and seams, combined with shock absorbing insoles, to provide additional strength and prevent scuffing through stamping and knocks. They are made with techniques usually reserved for safety shoes, meaning that they are incredibly hard wearing.
Treads also have a removable base layer which can increase the width of the shoe from a standard to a wide fitting – perfect for growing kids!
Treads for Girls
Littlest has always been extremely active and adventurous – she already gets through shoes very quickly. I was delighted to learn that Treads have just released a range for girls. I know she will need them when she is a bit bigger! Treads are working on new designs for girls’ shoes too, including Mary Janes style shoes and shoes with Velcro straps, which will be available in the summer.
Treads – Our Verdict
As soon as I opened the box, I could tell the shoes were extremely high quality. They feel much more sturdy than other school shoes. They also seemed very well padded and comfortable. One of Biggest’s first school runs in them was on a very icy day and they also seemed to give excellent grip.
During the first week, I could tell that Biggest had been putting them through their paces, as the toes had scratches from the playground on them. However, it seems the playground came off worse as they were superficial scratches and wiped off easily – the toes were not scuffed like his previous pair, despite having the same treatment.
Now at nearly three weeks in, they honestly look as pristine as when we received them. I really think that Treads are the solution to the shoe problems that so many parents have.
I honestly think that, as long as Biggest’s feet do not outgrow them, these shoes will last the whole school year. In fact, Treads are so confident about this that their shoes come with a year guarantee. If you are a parent who has had to buy more than one pair of school shoes already this year, definitely check them out.
Win a Pair of Treads for Your Child
One reader could be in with a chance to win a pair of these amazing shoes for their child. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below. Please note, terms and conditions apply and entrants must be UK residents. T&Cs can be found here –
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