If you are busy getting everything organised for going back to school, having a daughter with size 9 UK feet or larger gives you a big school shoe shopping headache.
The good news is that there are several stores selling plus size school shoes for teenage girls, especially if you get creative & consider women's workwear styles too.
Clarks - school shoes up to size 9 UK
Clarks are synonymous with quality children's shoes. I can still remember getting fitted for shoes with their foot gauge as a little girl. Their school shoe range now has a few styles available up to size 9 UK in a variety of widths.
Clarks Scala patent loafers are available in narrow, standard, wide and extra wide widths. These smart slip-on shoes have quite a sophisticated look.
These contemporary Loxham brogue black patent shoes with a chunky sole are also available up to size 9 UK in both standard and wide fit.
Both styles have padded collars around the opening for extra comfort. They also feature Clarks' Agion technology and an eco foam lined fabric sock help them stay fresh.
Top tip: the Clarks women's workwear range also has plenty of size 9 styles suitable for school too, although some are more expensive than the children's range.
Clarks offer free postal returns and a 28 day return period if your school shoes don't work out.
ASOS - school options mainly up to size 9 UK, a few options in size 10 UK
The ASOS DESIGN brand is a great source of affordable, fashionable shoes up to size 10 UK. With free returns for 45 days, you can try them out risk free too.
There are several ASOS flat, black shoe styles which could work well for school available up to size 9 UK. As of March 2021, most are not available in size 10 UK unfortunately. But I did find these More flat lace up brogues in size 10 UK.
Here's the direct link to all women's black size 10 UK flat shoes on ASOS in case more styles become available.
Pavers - comfy shoes up to size 10 uk
Pavers focus on comfortable shoes at an affordable price. This could be a good option if the school day involves a lot of walking or your daughter has sensitive feet that blister easily.
They have a good range of flat everyday shoes in size 9 uk that could work well for school. Choose from mary jane, ballerina and loafer styles including these smart leather tassel loafers. They are on the narrow side which can be hard to find in larger sizes. Wide fit loafers are also available.
You can view the full range of Pavers black flat shoes in size 9 uk here.
Pavers also go up to size 10 UK in certain styles. These Loretta leather mary janes caught my eye, suitable for both normal and wider fit due to the removable insole. Styles with straps can be a great way to break up a longer foot.
Dr Martens - long lasting shoes up to size 15 uk
Doc Martens have been around forever & have always been popular with secondary school & college students, especially those with more indie tastes.
Now Dr Martens are quite expensive & an investment buy. But they are also durable, so once those teenage feet have done growing, they should last a long time.
Docs women's styles go up to size 9 uk including their iconic Polley smooth leather mary janes. These go perfectly with a school uniform for a modern edgy look.
Note that the leather is known to be quite stiff initially, so the shoes will take some wearing in. But nurses on their feet all day swear by them, and once they soften up, find they get years of comfortable wear out of their DMs.
Many Doc Marten styles are unisex and available up to size 15 UK. I particularly like these Adrian tassel loafers made in smooth, polished leather.
You can view the full range of women's Doc Martens black shoes here.
Dorothy Perkins - shoes up to size 9 uk
Dorothy Perkins usually have some very affordable ballerina pumps & loafers up to size 9 UK. As of early March 2021, a lot of these have sold out in size 9 unfortunately. Dorothy Perkins was recently sold to Boohoo, so there are likely to be stock issues during the transition period.
These Lear Brogues are still in stock in size 9 at time of writing. They could be a good choice for school, with their chunky sole and contrast trim.
Dorothy Perkins Lear brogues available up to size 9 UK
It's definitely worth keeping Dorothy Perkins in mind for the new school year in September 2021. Many of their workwear shoes are very suitable for schoolwear and at good prices too.
View all Dorothy Perkins black workwear shoe styles available in size 9 →
Evans - wide fit shoes up to size 10 uk
Plus size clothing brand Evans go up to shoe size 10 UK. All styles are naturally wide fitting, and they cater for extra wide feet too.
Unfortunately as of March 2021, they have no black flat styles suitable for school in size 9 or 10 UK. This is likely due to the Evans brand recently being sold. So new stock should arrive in plenty of time for September hopefully. It's definitely worth keeping an eye on the Evans site, because they do cater for wide size 10-11 UK feet at a very affordable price point.
Here's the direct link to all Evans flat black shoes so you can bookmark it for future reference.
Being a teenage girl is hard enough these days without worrying about finding school shoes that fit. So I hope these shoe shopping options help. If you know of any other stores selling plus size school shoes please contact me, or why not show off your school shoes on Insta & tag @pretty.big.shoes or #prettybigshoes.
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