Academie Gear School Shoes Review

Sunday, January 22, 2012 Posted by Dina N

My daughter wears a uniform to school. Shopping for uniforms is easy: many stores carry shirts, pants, and skirts that meet the dress code. Some of these items are not available year-round but I can always find what I need online. Finding the best school shoes is a little trickier. I want something that is comfortable for daily wear and can survive walking, running, jumping, and everything else my active girl does all day.

We discovered the perfect school shoes by accident. One summer, I was working my way down the list of uniform clothing at a specialty store. My daughter was trying this and that, and the store was crowded with back-to-school shoppers. Finally, we had everything we needed except for the shoes. I looked through the slim pickings: shoes with laces and Mary Janes in black, blue, and brown. At that time, my daughter had not mastered tying her shoes yet, so it was a no-brainer. Besides, the Mary Jane shoes were cuter - at least as cute as a pair of school-approved shoes can be. They were well-made of good quality leather and had rubber soles. The shoes closed with Velcro strips and seemed sturdy enough. I was not familiar with the Academie Gear brand but we had spent a long time shopping for school that day, and I did not feel like going to yet another store to look for shoes.

My daughter tried on the shoes and loved them. I quickly added them to the pile and thanked my lucky stars that we had taken care of the whole shopping list. Since then, she has been wearing a pair of Lauren shoes from Academie Gear at least five days a week when school is in session. She even wears them on the weekends, on vacation, and on special occasions. The shoes go well with everything and show very little wear. We just get a new pair every year when she outgrows them. The Lauren shoes met and exceeded  my expectations.

Our latest pair came from Wayfair, formerly CSN Stores. Besides these excellent shoes, Wayfair offers thousands of other products - furniture, decor, kitchen and dining, bed and bath, luggage, educational toys, and more. They have great customer service and ship quickly: I received the shoes within 5 days from placing the order. They offer a 30-day return policy and guarantee your absolute satisfaction - 100% of the time. I enjoyed my experience with Wayfair and would definitely shop there again.

And the school shoes? They still look brand-new. I just wish they came in my size, too.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received complimentary product sample to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours.


  1. holdenj said...

    No uniforms here, but still nice to hear about good shoes! Also interesting about the CSN name change.

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