Start-rite Impulsive Shoes

Product information

These tough school shoes have classic brogue details and the style is softened with wide ribbon laces. A thick and durable sole makes them a practical choice, without sacrificing on style. An ideal choice for young fashionistas.
These shoes come complete with two pairs of laces: sky blue and black.

Measure and Fit at Home:
Start-rite believe it's really important to measure a child's feet accurately before buying them every pair of shoes, as ill-fitting shoes can have a serious impact on your child's foot health. To be sure that your child is wearing shoes that fit properly, you can either visit one of the John Lewis stores, where trained staff will measure and fit your child with shoes, or if that's not convenient, use one of our specially developed fitting gauges to help you measure your child's feet at home.

Click here to find out how to measure using the gauges and to watch step by step videos of how to fit your child’s shoes. 

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Footwear Type
School Shoes
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How to measure & fit Start-rite shoes video: fitting gauges

How to measure & fit Start-rite shoes video: fitting gauges

Use the measuring video to check your child's size before you buy their shoes online

How to measure & fit Girls' Start-rite shoes video

How to measure & fit Girls' Start-rite shoes video

Once you've bought your child's shoes, this video will help you confidently check the fit of their shoes

Start-rite TV advert

Watch the TV ad

Conquer the back-to-school mission with Start-rite. Each shoe boasts a smart, resilient construction to withstand the daily challenges thrown at them, complete with fun accessories kids will enjoy.

Brand Story

Start-rite's history dates back to 18th century Norwich, where a leather worker called James Smith began offering the first ready-made, off the peg footwear. Following the First World War, the company began to produce footwear specially designed for children, which gave their unique feet room to grow. The name "Start-rite" was first used in the 1920s and the iconic twins logo was introduced a decade later. Start-rite began to focus primarily on children's shoes in 1952 and after extensive research they noted the need for shoes to be fitted by trained people, developed multiple width fittings and introduced their "heel stiffener" to help balance and growth. They received the Royal Warrant in 1955 after supplying the Windsor children with shoes. In recent years they have evolved to use two hundred years expertise to meet the needs and desires of today's children.


Click & collect

Free Click & collect from John Lewis or Waitrose shops for collection tomorrow from 2pm
342 participating John Lewis and Waitrose shops

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We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, just return the products to us or to one of our shops. Unless faulty, we'd like this to be within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Depending on the type of product, you can make free returns via our shops, Royal Mail (or courier collection for large or heavy items), Collect+ or via MyHermes.

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Q & As

Start-rite Impulsive Shoes 3.8 5 5 5
Look smart My grand daughter loves her new school shoes they are very comfortable, tough and will probably see her through to the end of the school year. 18 September 2014
Gorgeous and funky My daughter LOVED these shoes. They also come with black ribbon laces for school, and the pair we got had a leopard print lace as the alternative (not the blue shown in the pic). Sadly she has real problems with her feet and has to wear orthotics so these shoes just did not fit :( very very sad to have to return them. 16 September 2014
disapointed went through 2 pairs of these in 6 months last year as both split on outer aspect of shoe. we bought them thinking they would be good quality with endurance due to the style. such a pity as a good style and the ribbon lace swere attractive 25 August 2014
Good solid school shoes! These school shoes are of the usual good Startrite quality with excellent sturdy soles like DMs. I am hopeful they will last a long time through the school year. My daughter says they are comfortable & she really likes the choice of ribbon laces that comes with them; black and red in our case. 04 September 2013
wrong colour the laces are sky blue and not black. as the picture shows. 07 February 2013
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