I was looking at my son's school shoes today and was a bit envious. His are effectivley black leather trainers. With a bit of polish they are smart shoes and in the playground they take the abuse of football and other games. Smart design! I had to put up with plain black slip-ons after I had migrated from those dreadful red T-bar sandals . Still have the emotional scarring! The foot people still insist that they are best for growing feet but they did look a bit girly in an Enid Blyton kind of a way.