Start-rite Penny Leather Loafer Shoes, Brown

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Product information

The ideal shoes for both girls and boys, from the Start-rite English Classics collection. This slip on loafer style shoe has premium dyed-through high shine leather, featuring a round toe - a true miniature replica of dad's traditional and elegant loafer.

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.

Eligible for International Delivery
Footwear Type
School Shoes
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Leather upper and lining, man-made sole

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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

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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

Click & collect from John Lewis or Waitrose shops tomorrow from 2pm
375 participating John Lewis and Waitrose shops

Collect + from a local shop from Monday - postcode exclusions apply for Collect+ deliveries

5000+ participating Collect+ shops

Standard delivery in 5 working days


Named or Saturday UK delivery


Named day UK delivery pre-10.30am


International delivery available

  • Europe (Non EU) - £7.50
  • Europe (EU) - £7.50
  • Rest of World - £10.00
  • Australia - £10.00
Provided by JL Delivery Ltd - more about international delivery


We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Q & As

Rated 5 out of 5 by 2 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fabulous School Shoes Gorgeous little shoes, very well made and can be re-heeled and re-soled, PERFECT for a hard on shoes little girl 22 October 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by A great school and social shoe Made by Startrite, this shoe was hard to track down. It's style really suits a child who has really slim feet. Our only other option for a 7 yr old daughter was a lace up which looked really boyish. Fortuantly John Lewis stocked this shoe where several other Startrite stockists didn't. We had feet measured in one JL store and they did not have size in stock, so ordered on the JL website. A great shoe and worth the search. 24 November 2011
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