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Why PLAE Make Great School Shoes

January 10, 2019

Why PLAE Make Great School Shoes

Getting into a great head space for school actually starts all the way down at the toes. A typical school day consists of almost every activity imaginable, from walking to jumping, to climbing, to sports, to standing for long period to just plain sitting.

So the perfect shoe needs to not only meet your school’s dress code, but do it with energy, style and practicality - giving your child’s mind the room to do what it was made for: learn.

Bearing all that in mind, what then do we need to look for in a school shoe and what makes PLAE Shoes so suitable?

 

Fit

 

For a comprehensive guide on getting the right size, check out our article on 3 Steps To The Right Size Shoe For Your Child.

When it comes to PLAE Shoes specifically however, no other kids shoe has a removable tab feature. PLAE tabs come in four different lengths to ensure the correct fit regardless of foot shape - use a shorter strap for a narrow foot, or a longer strap for a high instep, wide foot, or orthotic insert.

 

Comfort

 

There is nothing more important in a school shoe than comfort. Long hours sitting at desks can decrease circulation and stiffen joints. You really want at least some of the blood to get up to your brain so don’t let achy or stiff feet get in the way!

Did you know that some well-known and classic school shoes can weight up half a kilo? That’s a lot of weight on the end of a child’s foot. PLAE Shoes are lightweight and flexible – they are soft and supple which allows more a greater range of movement (which is pretty important given some of the positions I’ve seen our kids sit in) and are breathable ensuring no distressingly soppy socks during the summer months.

 

Stability

 

Stability in the foot can give kids more than a quick step getting from class to class. A stable stance is the foundation of excellent posture, which is vital for a lifetime of overall health in all parts of the body.

PLAE Shoes are built with kids biomechanics in mind. They’re designed with rounded edges and flexible soles for smoother and more balanced movement. They have reflexive traction which grips on loose earth without compromising contact on hard surfaces.

 

Durability

 

No matter what age, kids are famously tough on their shoes. Whether it’s the growth spurts, the unplanned excursions into muddy playgrounds, or just the normal scuffing from roaming the halls, kicking a ball or climbing the trees, school shoes take a lot of abuse. That’s why you want maximum durability from the start.

Our kids have been wearing PLAE Shoes for three years now, and not a single pair has worn out, not even the pair that Thing 1 wore all year as his only shoes - both at school and after.

 

Style

 

Let’s be honest. When it comes to real school life, the number one thing you’re looking for in a shoe is style. And that is where PLAE really outstrips the rest of the pack. If you have a relaxed dress code, then every child will find a style and colour that suits their unique personality and if Black is required then the Roan, Emme and Max make a more typical school shoe look really good.

 

Orthotics

 

If your child wears orthotics, then you know that a removable insole is important. Unfortunately, most kids shoes are not made to accommodate AFOs (ankle foot orthotics). PLAE shoes are different, here’s why…

  • No other kids shoe has a removable tab feature. PLAE tabs come in 4 lengths: use a shorter strap for a narrow foot, or a longer strap for a high instep, wide foot, or AFO.

  • Most non-AFO shoes don’t open up wide enough for orthotics. PLAE tongues are designed to open up completely and their insoles are removable, making for easy in and out!

  • Most shoes made for AFOs aren’t, shall we say – easy on the eyes? Let’s face it, every kid wants to be stylish and PLAE shoes let them do just that!

 

So there you have it. While school shoes are another necessary expense, bear in mind that buying better quality shoes will actually save you money in the long run as they won't wear down so easily and need to be replaced during the school year. The Hugs Crew has been wearing PLAE for a long time and they get the double thumbs up!






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Size Guide & Guarantee

 

Based on averages, we believe that a "Size 2" should actually fit your child from when they are two to when they are three.  However, we do appreciate that not all children are built the same and so in the spirit of helping you make an informed choice, have included our manufacturing size guide below.

Having said that, we also appreciate that buying clothes online can be difficult and even if you measure your kids according to the chart, sometimes things just don't fit right.

 

Therefore, we offer all our customers, the right to return items from their first order in order to exchange them for different sizes at no charge. Simply contact us and we will be more than happy to help you out. 

 

 

Clothing Size Guide:

(in cms)

6m

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Chest

48

50

52

54

56

58

60

63

66

69

71

Waist

50

51

52

53

54

55

56

58

60

62

64

Hip

54

56

58

60

62

64

66

69

72

75

78

Height

76

80

89

98

107

114

120

126

132

138

144

Leg

35

38

44

50

57

62

66

70

74

78

82

 

Plae Shoes Size Guide:

All sizes published on our website are US sizes. Make sure to refer to the below shoe size conversion chart if you have any questions about your child’s foot length and the corresponding size in AU, European, or UK sizing.

We know how challenging it is to get the right fit, that’s why we’ve designed a simple process you can use at home. Print out our PLAE FIT KIT and try it out. 

US Size EU Size UK Size AU Size Inches Cms
6 22 5 5.5 5.5 14
7 23 6 6 5.7 14.5
8 24 7 7 5.9 15
9 25 8 8 6.1 15.5
9.5 26 8.5 8.5 6.3 16
10 27 9 9 6.5 16.5
11 28 10 10 6.7 17
12 29 1 11 6.9 17.5
12.5 30 11.5 12 7.1 18
13 31 12 12.5 7.3 18.5
1 32 13 13 7.5 19
2 33 1 1 7.9 20
2.5  34 1.5 2 8.1 20.5
3.5 35 2.5 3 8.5 21.5
4 36 3.5 3.5 8.9 22.5

 

Wellies Size Guide:

In order to ensure correct size for your feet, we have measured the internal length of each insole of each Wellington boot as shown in the table below. Please measure one of your insoles that currently fit your foot length, and match it to our measurement, to find your correct size. We have found that this is the most efficient way, as shoe sizes and measurements vary between manufacturers.

AU Size EU Size Insole Measurement cm
1 19 12.5 cm
2 20 13.5 cm
3 21 14 cm
4 22 14.5 cm
5 23 15.5 cm
6 24 16 cm
7 25 16.5 cm
8 26 17 cm
9 27 17.5 cm
10 28 18.5 cm
11 29 19 cm
12 30 19.5 cm
13 31 20 cm
1 32 21 cm
2 33 22 cm
3 34 23 cm
4 35 23.5 cm

 

Please note: while all care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this information and the final result, the processes of manufacturing (marking, cutting, sewing and finishing) mean that some variances will occur.

 

If you have any questions regarding sizing, please feel free to contact us using the form below.