Start-rite Children's Samba School Shoes, Black

Product information

Smart leather shoes with a rounded toe and simple rip tape fastening strap. Designed with a cushioned ankle and footbed for improved comfort and fit.

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
Leather upper
Schoolwear Type

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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.

Editor's Notes

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.


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International delivery available

  • Europe (Non EU) - £7.50
  • Europe (EU) - £7.50
  • Rest of World - £25.00
  • Australia - £25.00
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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.


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Q & As

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 10 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great school shoes We often struggle to find shoes to fit my daughter's feet, but she finds these comfy, they fit well, look smart and importantly are wearing well too! 27 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Girls school shoe Perfect fit, quickly dispatched. Fabulous service as unable to buy this design in shoe shop as on "back order" but collected in store 48 hrs after ordering- brilliant. 04 November 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sensible, practical, girls school shoes These are good quality sensible girls school shoes. They may not have bells and whistles and flashing lights, they don't have removable bows or any of that nonsense. But they are (apparently) comfortable, reasonably weather proof, and if kept polished smart looking shoes that will actually last a school year (providing their feet don't grow too much) without falling to bits. The width fittings and wide range of sizes make them very good for fitting too. 06 October 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sensible Shoes Call me old fashioned, but my daughter neither looks like a slattern nor looks like a trollop whilst wearing these sensible shoes 16 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent School Shoes We have had these school schools every year, they are very long lasting and had wearing shoes. My daughter loves them. They are always outgrown before outworn and will normally last a year. They are very comfortable and polish up lovely. Excellent quality and can highly recommend. 21 June 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good for growing feet Perfect , strong school shoes with excellent range of fittings. A tried and tested brand which wear well. 06 May 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect school shoes! Such a classic design and exceptionally robust and comfy (according to my daughter!). 22 April 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Such a nice shoes! I bought this one for my 12-year-old daughter. She feels very comfortable and really satisfied with new shoes. 08 April 2014
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