Get them moving this Easter holiday with some stylish sneakers
It might be because my son’s school trainers are in desperate need of an upgrade (somehow he’s completely scuffed off the toe bumper – what do they do, just drag their feet along the ground?!), or maybe I’m still feeling inspired from the mile we ran en famille for Sport Relief 2016 last weekend. Whatever it is, my shopping radar is currently on kids’ trainers, and with spring finally here and the Easter holidays upon us, there’s no doubt they’re going to be out and about and running off some energy, free from the shackles of sensible school shoes or restrictive winter boots and – hopefully – pushing the wellies to the back of the cupboard (at least for a few days, eh, Weather Gods?).
So let them run off all that Easter-egg chocolate with some cool new kicks. With can’t-miss-em colours, sparkle, shine, monster faces (check out the new launch of Mini Miss KG from Kurt Geiger this month), easy straps and a super-cool Superman logo, there’s something for everyone (seriously, will Mini Rodini please start doing adult sizes?).
We've already detailed our joy over the new-season bounty in Into Autumn for the girls. Soft knits, cosy hues of mustard and plums, snuggly accessories - we're all in. Conker season is traditionally a time of Good Clothes and wrapping up stylishly (you've seen The September Issue, right? It's the same for kids in our eyes). And there are some fantastic new lines for the boys, too.
Forget seasons of mist, it's all about the season of musts this autumn, as in what we must have for their wardrobes. And yes we do love collecting conkers and kicking through crispy leaves and smelling bonfires in the air on the walk home from school, but we also love all the fab new-season collections. Bring on the soft knits, cosy tights and the warm russets, mustards and plums of autumn...
If you've been watching Stranger Things on Netflix (and if you haven't, seriously, where have you been? Cancel everything and binge-watch the first season now - since its release this summer Netflix has already commissioned a second series, airing in 2017) you'll know that the dorkiest coolest kids in town at the moment are Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Will. Their Goonies meets E.T. meets Stephen King sci-fi adventures have fuelled an '80s nostalgia trip thanks to the show's near-perfect recreation of the era, and our sartorial eye has been on the detail for their retro apparel.
The new term is well under way, and we're just about getting our heads around which day is PE day, when the after-school clubs are, homework, lunchboxes, shoe-polishing and knotting a tie once again. But as smart and lovely as they look in their uniforms, it's always nice for them to have some comfies to throw on when they get home and can concentrate only on stuffing their faces and zoning out in front of Octonauts.