So... I bought another top brand children shoe ($90!) for my son and after a week they were soooo scuffed I had the kiwi shoe polish on them EVERY DAY! The sole was also extremely thin by the end of term 1!!
He's been wearing these Plae shoes for a couple of weeks and not a single scuff to the leather and they are just a lot more durable. The straps are not very easy for my 5yo to do up tight enough to be secure (they are two single straps across and don't double back on themselves) but we will work on that. My son also needs the wide toe box that these shoes have - the main reason we've come back to buying Plae shoes despite having to order them online. Recommended these for school shoes.