Why wear PaperKrane school shoes?

Kids spend an average of 1,000 hours a year in their school shoes and these are therefore perhaps the most important shoes to 'get right'! PaperKrane school shoes are foot shaped, very light, zero drop (flat) and flexible, allowing kids' feet to move and function in the optimal way.  At the same time their feet will be avoiding the heavy, chunky, often heeled shoes which have unfortunately been the main school shoe options for the last few decades.  At PaperKrane we believe it's time to FREE THE FEET of our school kids!  

Can I wash PaperKrane school shoes?

We do not recommend washing PaperKrane school shoes, and instead, a light spot clean with a damp cloth or baby wipe is definitely the preferred way of cleaning our shoes.  PaperKrane school shoes also look amazing once shined with any commercially available shoe shine product.  These are easily found in your local supermarket, and will make PaperKrane school shoes look good as new after a simple application.  

What ages are PaperKrane school shoes suited for?

PaperKrane school shoes are suitable for kids from Prep, all the way through to high school.  Our school shoe size range starts at size EU28 (approximately 4-5 years old) and goes all the way up to size EU42 (Women's size US11). 

How big should school shoes be?

School shoes (and any shoes really) should allow for plenty of wiggle room in the toe area, meaning that toes should be able to spread and move freely.  Allowing toes to move and spread is an essential part of maintaining optimal gait and overall movement.  Lengthwise, feet should be secure (i.e not slipping backwards and forwards) and this is best achieved by leaving around 1-1.5cm of space between the longest toe and the end of the shoe (please refer to our size chart for further details).  However widthwise, it's perfectly ok for there to be a lot of room as this will allow feet to splay.  In other words, even if your feet are narrow and our shoes feel quite wide, this is absolutely ok as long as you feel comfortable whilst wearing the shoes.  Extremely narrow and low volume feet may benefit from inserting a very thin inner sole into the shoes (easily found at your local supermarket or pharmacy), but this is not a necessity. 



Our size charts are specific to our shoes, and may differ from your usual footwear so we always recommend you measure before ordering.

If needing more detailed instructions on "How to Measure" please scroll down below the size charts.





Stand with feet on a piece of paper, and mark where the end of the longest toe/s are, and middle point of the back of the heel. 

Use a ruler to measure between those two points. (Use your longest foot measurement - Look at the "BEST FIT" column to see where the foot fits best.

* If closer to the end of the "BEST FIT" measurements then the next size up will be a better choice.

For most comfortable fit, aim to have up to 7-12mm of extra space in the shoe.  

If socks will be worn in the shoes, pop on the socks and then measure in the same manner. 

We include a width measurement across the ball of the shoe, this is a measurement of the FLATTEST part of the sole, so there is always more available space than stated, as the sole curves out and up giving your feet more room to spread. 

We also have a natural rubber sole that is able to flex with a foot, which helps accomodate feet that have more width. 

While the available length measurements are the same across all styles, the upper construction affects the fit and feel of the shoe. 

See HERE for a more detailed "FIT and FEEL" description of each of our PaperKrane styles.