Treads School Shoes are the least expensive school shoes because they last so much longer than other brands, according to a recent survey of 1,184 UK families.

The true cost of schools shoes must of course consider how long they last. So this survey asked parents: which brand of school shoes they buy, how much they pay for them, and how long they last.

The 1,184 answers make it possible to calculate the average cost of school shoes per month. Here are the results:

  • At just £3.98 per month, Treads school shoes offer the best value for money because they last so long.
  • Popular, well-known brands are the most expensive at £8.16 per month because they don’t last long enough to compensate for the high prices.
  • School shoes from High Street chain stores are almost as expensive, costing £7.76 per month.
  • The low purchase price of supermarket school shoes can make them reasonable value at an average of £6.57 per month. But this is still nearly twice as much per month as Treads.

See these results in the chart below:

As well as being the least expensive and so the best value for money, Treads School Shoes have a 12 month indestructible guarantee!

Treads last at least twice as long as other brands

Treads are the most durable of all school shoes.
Image: Madrid Shoe from Treads

Treads school shoes last more than twice as long as other popular brands, according to the same survey.

Treads school shoes last three times as long as chain store and supermarket school shoes.

See the chart below showing the average lifetime of different school shoes:

For all brands, the averages shown above will be reduced by some children simply growing out of shoes before they wear out. This is why a brand like Treads which almost always lasts more than 12 months has an average of 11 months.

More shocking survey results

  • The average lifespan of the most expensive branded school shoes is less than five months.
  • 40% of parents who took part in the survey said that their kids’ school shoes wear out in under three months.
  • And the worst performing school shoes survive, on average, less than a month!
  • Treads school shoes are guaranteed to last for 12 months. If they don’t, you get a new pair!

Discover more about Treads Indestructible School Shoes


Each Treads shoe comes with an indestructible 12 month guarantee*. This guarantee is an expression of our confidence in the breathable performance leather and workmanship of our shoes. We are so confident in the unsurpassed quality, comfort and durability that should any shoe purchased fall short of these high standards, it can be returned FREE of charge within 12 months from the day of purchase.

We also offer a 30-day risk free trial, If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase then return the item to us within 30 days of the date of purchase, worn or unworn, and we will refund you, no questions asked.

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