Start-Rite Shoes Steps Into Vegan Children’s Footwear


Following Veganuary’s most successful year to date, with over 500,000 people signing up, and kids hopefully returning to school in March, it feels timely that children’s footwear specialist, Start-Rite Shoes launches its first ever Vegan school shoe collection.

Increasing interest for a Vegan alternative

Enquiries from Start-Rite customers interested in Vegan-friendly shoes have increased recently, according to Sara Driscoll, Head of Buying and Product at Start-Rite Shoes. She explains; “Crucially, we recognised the need to support our customers looking for a Vegan-friendly product that comes with our hallmark high standards when it comes to testing, quality and style.”

Top marks and no compromise

The Vegan school shoe collection is not just a PU or textile substitute but uses adhesives with no animal content too. The new upper material mimics the natural characteristics of cowhide, is lightweight, breathable, durable and water resistant. All the shoes in the collection also pass Start-Rite’s trusted rigorous testing on factors such as surface abrasion and wet and dry flex testing in their on-site laboratory as well as through active wear trials.

Start-Rite has purposely selected its best-sellers and long-standing lines to form its first-ever Vegan collection with further styles planned later in the year. What’s more, this innovation comes at the exact same price as the non-Vegan alternative.

The Vegan School Shoe Collection

Unisex BROGUE – a unisex style available in primary and senior sizes
A lace-up shoe with a mature shape catering for the developing foot without compromising on growing room. Also available in senior sizes.
RRP: From £49.99

Girls IMPACT – a girls shoe available in senior sizes
Durable, engineered chunky sole for an on-trend style.
RRP: £57.99

Boys ISAAC – a lace up shoe available in senior sizes
Tough, durable sole with a removable footbed, and padded ankles for superior fit and comfort.
RRP: £54.99

Measuring advice for easy home fitting

Start-Rite also offers measuring tools for fuss-free home fitting, especially while the shops are closed. Plus, its online guide can help check shoes fit once they arrive too. The plastic foot gauge range comes in sizes small and large and can be purchased online for £10. Meanwhile, the ‘paper gauge’ with easy-to-follow instructions can be downloaded for an instant solution. For more information and fitting advice visit

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