Boots, runners, high heels, flats, platforms, sandals…
Clogs, moccasins, espadrilles and even winklepinkers!
There are many types of shoes and we all wear them most days for protection, comfort and fashion. Like many parents, I feel like I am buying kids shoes every few weeks (what do they do to them?!) and don’t get me started on lost socks…!

Books about shoes

shoes grandpa

Shoes from Grandpa  by Mem Fox

Books by Mem Fox always include beautiful illustrations and poetry. This story takes readers on a journey that starts with shoes, adds many layers of clothes and ends in a simple pair of jeans.

new shoes

New shoes by Vivian French

Charlie’s shoes are too tight but he doesn’t want new ones. The lady at the shoe shop tells Charlie to listen to his toes, they are saying “ouch!”. So Charlie gets brand new shoes. The Buttons Family series introduce new experiences to children in a way that reassures them – whether it be a first sleepover, a visit to the doctor or buying a pair of new shoes.

shoe baby

Shoe baby by Joyce Dunbar

“There once was a baby who hid in a shoe, and had learnt how to say ‘How do you do?’ In a shoe you might think there is not much to do, but this very same baby went to sea in that shoe!” Imaginative rhymes and colourful pictures make this book a perfect read-aloud to enjoy with your child.

A shoe rhyme
One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, knock at the door
Five, six, pick up sticks
Seven, eight, lay them straight
Nine, ten, a big fat hen.

Shoe decorating and tying craft

A good activity to practice colouring, cutting, threading and bow tying.

shoe craft

What you need

  • Crayons/markers
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • String or wool
  • A printed picture or drawing of shoes

What to do

  • Colour the shoes and cut them out
  • Punch holes along the sides for eyelets
  • Thread string though the holes as shoelaces