Air Suffolk BL 3 (24 reviews) Black Leather Boys School Shoes

Boasting durable, sporty appeal these boys' school shoes feature a coated black leather upper with triple riptape strap fastenings. The rugged sole adds grip and toe protection while Air Spring FX technology enhances the comfy feel. Agion antimicrobial linings help keep nasty whiffs at bay, and the style comes in a choice of widths.

£48.00
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Upper Material Coated Leather
Lining Material Textile
Sole Material Rubber
Fastening Type Riptape
Removable Insole No
Trims None
  • Air Spring FX
  • Agion
  • Adjustable Fit
  • Bootleg
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  • 1 stars out of 5Worst shoe ever!

    I had Clarks shoes when I was young as they were deemed the best around. I have therefore purchased Clarks shoes for my two boys with this in mind. Since my eldest started school 4 years ago I have had trouble with Clarks shoes, stitching coming undone, velcro coming away from straps, holes appearing on the soles, all this happening within the first 12 wks I have returned numerous pairs to the point of it getting embarrassing. I have written to Clarks to express my concerns to be told it's unusual and they test the shoes thoroughly. These particular shoes lasted less than 4 weeks before the stitching on the side of the shoe unravelled. I took them back and due to my son's foot size and young age only had the 'choice' of the same shoe. We took them home and this time they lasted 6weeks and the stitching came undone again and the velcro started coming away from the leather strap. I am so disappointed with Clarks shoes and these were by far the worst. Please look at your shoe designs, where the most wear will be in boys shoes and don't skimp on the manufacturing! Feedback from Georgie at Clarks: Thanks for leaving a review, I'm sorry to hear that you’re unhappy with your purchase. We are of course aware of the effects that a school day may have on our school shoes and they are tested with this in mind. However, the impact that they receive can also have an affect on this. All returns are monitored and this information is used by our design teams to make any improvements in the future. I've logged your comments for feedback to our children's teams. Many thanks.

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  • 4 stars out of 5Up to Size 10!

    Sarah, bristol

    At last, boys school shoes in larger sizes - my son needed 91/2 shoes and at age 11 we didn't want to buy men's shoes. Thank you Clarks for realising that boys feet are bigger than they used to be - now if you could add narrower width fittings in more styles for the tall, skinny boys that would be perfect. Comfy practical age-appropriate shoes.

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  • 1 stars out of 5The worst ever shoes

    I have been buying Clarks shoes for both my son's for over 10 years and most have lasted until May or June of the following school year. However these shoes have been the worst I ever have bought, after just 12 weeks these shoes are in shreds, the sole is coming away from the shoes and falling off in bits. I see other customers have had the same trouble, this is not acceptable given that these are not cheap by any means. I am really disappointed with the quality of these and will be returning them today for a different style of shoe. "NOT HAPPY"

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  • 1 stars out of 5Stitching comes undone

    I bought a pair of these shoes towards the end of Sept and had to take them back 5-6 weeks later as stitching had come undone on the side. I am today a month later since getting the replacement pair polishing my them only to discover that the stiching on this new pair has also come undone in the same place. Very disappointed. Expect £48 of shoes to last longer than 4 weeks. Wonder if shoes from same batch and there is a manufacturing problem. Feedback from Emma at Clarks: We’re sorry to hear you’re unhappy with your purchase. We do thoroughly test all our products before they go on sale, so the issue you describe seems unusual. Please return to one of our stores with proof of purchase so the manager can look into it for you.

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  • 1 stars out of 5Seams split quickly

    I've bought 2 pairs of these shoes now - neither pair lasted 4 weeks. I bought the first pair a few weeks before the end of the Summer term and noticed when getting them out again for the Winter term that they had split so had to get e new pair of shoes for this term. Unfortunately, the only shoes they had in my son's size were the same style and so I had to get the same style again. They lasted 3 weeks before splitting in the same place. For the price they are very badly made. Feedback from Clarks: We are very proud of the quality of our products and to ensure this all our new designs and materials are tested before they go on sale.  If you are disappointed with any of our products please return to a store with your receipt so a member of staff can investigate.

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  • 5 stars out of 5School shoes for boys.

    Last a year and look as good affter twelve months as they did when we bought them. Still great value for money

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  • 5 stars out of 5SCHOOL SHOES

    LISA, guernsey

    My son insists on these shoes every time he needs school shoes. He says they are comfortable and never complains about sore feet! They are definitely worth the little bit extra and are very hard-wearing.

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  • 4 stars out of 5Practical and comfortable.

    Karen, prestwick

    This is the second pair of these shoes I have bought for my son who is very active and hard on his footwear. The last pair were purchased at Easter 2014 and have lasted until Christmas 2014 when the sole had worn down and they had become too small for him. I think that is good value for money. Hoping the new pair last as long as there seem to be a few negative reviews about quality on here.

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  • 1 stars out of 5Poor Quality

    Susan, bury st. edmunds

    We have just returned the second pair of these shoes. The side seams came apart on both pairs after only 4-5 weeks of wear. I would have expected better quality of school shoes for £48.00. There is very limited choice of boys shoes in an E fitting. Please make more styles in E fitting. Feedback from Clarks; We do see less demand for this size so not all styles are available and availability will be limited, however we do try and offer something for everyone and we will make sure your comments are passed to our children’s team for improvements we make to our collection in the future.

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  • 1 stars out of 5Poor quality

    Caroline, redhill

    I am now on the second pair of these shoes since October and after 4 weeks use they are again coming apart at the sides on the stitching. Really don't expect such poor quality from Clarks especially with the price of these shoes. I had to get the same style as these were the only pair that fit my son but I will not be re purchasing. Feedback from Emily at Clarks: We are very proud of the quality of our products and to ensure this all our new designs and materials are tested before they go on sale.  If you are disappointed with any of our products please return to a store with your receipt so a member of staff can investigate.

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  • 1 stars out of 5Never again

    I have bought these shoes two years in a row and within a matter of weeks the soles had worn through. The first year I thought it was my sons gait and took him to the doctors to be told all was ok. This year I tried again but have already had to replace them (not Clarks I might add) as the same thing had happened. My son tells me that the other children in his class with these shoes have the same problem. At nearly £50 this is absolutely crazy. I went back to the shop where I bought them who told me to go online and leave a complaint. Great! I won't be back buying Clarks shoes for my children next year again. I am not one to really leave complaints or reviews such as this but this is really beyond an acceptable point to me especially as my other sons shoes which are a different version are also full of holes so £90 worth of shoes unwearable within two months! Feedback from Clarks: Thanks for leaving a review; we’re sorry to hear you’re unhappy with your purchase. We value all our customer feedback so thank you for your comments which have been fed back to our team.

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  • 5 stars out of 5How much for school shoes???

    Maz, fareham

    Far too expensive for school shoes. They better be worth it, looking at other reviews it appears it is a gamble. At this price I expect them to be exceptionally hard wearing.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Great shoes

    sean, bargoed

    Very light and breathable shoes, great for the Kids on the run and also look great.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Good sturdy shoes.

    andrea, birmingham

    Look good, son says very comfy and hopefully will be hardwearing. Price as expected.

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  • 4 stars out of 5Good shoes, but only time will tell

    Hanna, london

    We are happy with these shoes, but only time will tell how good they are. My son goes through shoes at an astonishing rate, so if they last 10 monthes they are worth the more expensive price! I am hopeful!

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  • 4 stars out of 5Good for narrow feet

    This is now the second pair of these shoes I have purchased, as there is usually a very limited choice of shoes available for my son who has narrow feet. However, these are a good fit with plenty of velcro to do them up securely. The first pair we had have lasted very well and we only needed to buy new shoes because his feet had grown, not because the shoes had worn out. I do feel they are a little expensive.

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  • 1 stars out of 5Falling apart.

    Aimie, corby

    I have been buying Clarks shoes for my son for the past 11 years, and have bought this particular shoe for the past four years as he likes the design. However the past two years, the shoes have become worse and worse in quality. I bought his most recent pair in September, and just 12 weeks on, there is a hole in the top, the seams are coming away and the soles are very worn. This used to be a brand I could trust, but certainly not any more. I will not be buying Clarks shoes any more. Feedback from Emma at Clarks: We are very proud of the quality of our products and to ensure this all our new designs and materials are tested before they go on sale.  If you are disappointed with any of our products please return to a store with your receipt so a member of staff can investigate.

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  • 1 stars out of 5Don't buy these shoes!

    Purchased these shoes ready for start of the school year. Had to take back a few weeks into the term as the stitching had come apart on the side. Replacement pair now going back as the same problem has happened again. No more Clarks shoes! Last year keep having to take shoes back as the soles fell apart. What's going on Clarks?

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  • 3 stars out of 5Does anyone else have an issue with the insoles?

    Jayne, bolton

    The shoes look very smart and are comfortable, but why doesn't the insole stay in the shoe? So OK, my 9 year old doesn't fully undo all 3 straps to take them off every time, but this can't just be my son I'm sure. Apparently Air shoes do this as the insoles are designed to be removable (according to a sales assistant), but I've not had this with other Air Active shoes. Only 8 days into the school term and I'm sick of putting the insoles back and wondering about sticking them down permanently! Not much else to choose from if your looking for a school shoe with a Velcro fastening - fingers crossed that they last and that the insole doesn't deteriorate, as it's being pulled in and out of the shoe.

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  • 1 stars out of 5Disappointing

    Karen, watford

    I have been buying Clarks for years and these are the worst for wear I have experienced. My son wore these for only 4 weeks and in that time seams on both shoes split. I returned them to my local store, they were very apologetic and I bought an alternative style. Apparently other customers have retuned these shoes for the same reason. Not your usual high standard Clarks! Feedback from Clarks: We’re sorry to hear you’re unhappy with your purchase. We do thoroughly test all our products before they go on sale. We value all our customer feedback so thank you for your comments which have been fed back to our team.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Beat the queue and buy online.

    Victoria , aberdovey

    First day of a new term and my 11 year old informs me his shoes leak and are too small, having a bad mother moment I sent him to school anyway and realised we hadn't bought new shoes over a year so they must of lasted rather well. Not living near a Clarks shop or any shoe shop for that matter I decided that online it will have to be. Making an educated guess i.e next size up I quickly and easily ordered a pair. With free delivery as well it can't be bad. Son was strangely excited to open the parcel and walk around in his new shoes declaring them very comfortable and the best pair yet. To me they are just another slightly expensive pair of school shoes and the whole process will be repeated next year!

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  • 5 stars out of 5AIR SUFFOLK, BLACK SCHOOL SHOES

    Pamela, swansea

    These shoes are fantastic for school. This is the second year I have purchased these particular shoes for my teenage son as he has found them to be extremely comfortable for everyday wear and they have lasted him the whole school year. No shoes from other stores can compare. Great value.

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  • 3 stars out of 5air suffolk

    lesley, louth

    In comparison to a very similar clarks shoe bought last year, and still ongoing, this shoe isn't performing as well. Only a month old. One shoes' seam is fraying, and the leather doesn't look as good, the other shoe is better, which is strange. Not happy.

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  • 5 stars out of 53rd pair and all good.

    Elizabeth, ruislip

    I bought a pair to replace the same style which lasted through the entire school year. They seemed a little tight, despite being measured in the shop, as they left a red mark on the side of my son's foot, so I went back to his old pair and they are still going strong after a further term of heavy wear. I also bought my other son a pair in Sept at the same time and they are fine and still look good.

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