Back to school: black shoes

Back To School: Black Shoes (Instagram Takeover by @MikePairs)

Black shoes are an essential on the shopping list for back to school. It can be a challenging purchase balancing kicks that looks fresh but will go the distance of the school year. We teamed up with @MikePairs to showcase the best shoes Centrale & Whitgift has to offer.

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Desirably durable

Mike’s top choice was Kickers, the ideal back to school shoe (JD Sports - £80), as they are both smart and durable. The timeless shoe, which also have the ‘cool’ factor, have a chunky sole and thick laces making the shoe long lasting so you won’t need to worry about replacing them throughout the academic year. The classic Kicker Hi boot will never go out of style, making them the perfect investment.

Stylish ‘n’ slim

All Star black leather Converse (Debenhams - £60) were another top choice, as Mike thinks the slim silhouette is the most suitable for school and all-weather types. The iconic Chuck Taylor shape is comfortable and slick, a style you can’t go wrong with. The world’s most infamous Oxford sneaker features a vulcanised rubber sole and reinforced rubber toecap making them the perfect pair for all school seasons.

Sensationally sleek

The Adidas Advantage Clean (Sports Direct - £39.99) are the definition of sleek, a 70’s look with luxe comfort. The all leather shoe includes cloudfoam lining, making them comfortable for those long days. The minimal styling makes them perfect for school, whilst still being fashionable. The definitive Adidas three stripes are showcased in simple black stitching, keeping to the subtle design.

Classically comfortable

Nike Black Air Force 1’s (JD Sports - £75) are the timeless design that have been the definition of cool for years; these shoes are known for their durability and comfort. The legend lives on from the style of the 1982 original with padding and cushioning supporting feet, with a chunky sole – making them ideal for football in the playground. Who doesn’t love an all round performing shoe?

Style icon

Lastly, Vans Old Skool (JD Sports - £60). Loved by skaters and style aficionados alike, you can’t put a foot wrong with the throwback shoe that never goes out of style. Originally debuted in 1977, the shoe was designed for being worn when skating – fashioned out of durable canvas and rubber whilst featuring a leather stripe and vintage license plate on the back of the shoe. Mike emphasises how practical the shoe is from playground to classroom.

With so many great black shoes suggested by Mike which are available in Centrale & Whitgift – come have a look for yourself, as the school term is now back in full swing.

Go check out our Instagram highlights for Mike’s ultimate back to school takeover and have a look at @MikePairs for all round year shoe style inspo.