By Jane Kingsu-Cheng

For most kids, the school year will start in a few weeks. The questions is, are you done with your shopping list? Here are some suggestions to get you and your whole family started.

Step right in

Gone are the days when black school shoes have to be stiff and rigid. Skechers now offers leather shoes that come with Air-Cooled Memory Foam insole and flexible mid-sole that will keep your kids’ feet comfortable all day. All-white PE shoes are also available for both boys and girls to enjoy. They come in sleek and stylish designs, with built-in memory foam technology for a full day of activities.

School Supplies

Shop and save at National Book Store where you can purchase their Grab & Go packs to get big savings. They also have budget packs called “Backpack to School” for Grades 1 to 3 at P345, and Grades 4 to 6 at P445. For more details, visit

Carryall essentials

Backpacks and messenger bags will always be a staple. Students want to have their hands free with a sturdy bag that can carry all their school supplies and gadgets. Knomo is a new bag label that boasts of full leather and weather-resistant premium fabric for all-weather use. It also comes with an ID tracker in case it gets lost — perfect for teenagers! Visit for more details.