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While you can sometimes recycle school clothes from one academic year to the next, that's harder to do with shoes. Footwear takes a beating, and back-to-school time usually means buying at least a new pair or two of sneakers or slip-ons. Children seem to live in their favorite pair of athletic shoes, but a sturdy pair of winter boots when rain and snow show up, or cute Mary Janes for your girls, are shoes they're sure to use.

Athletic Shoes and Sneakers: Get in Gear

The coolest kicks around are trending big for back-to-school, and sports-style shoes are high on the most-wanted list. Tops in athletic sneakers are the well-reviewed Saucony Cohesion GT and New Balance 630, both for boys and girls. (Skechers Boys Damager and girl-fave Sakura Diva from Asics lean more gender-specific.) Skater-style sneakers from DC and Etnies are really hot with kids and teens, while the ever-popular Chuck Taylor All Stars are high school hits. Tween girls love the Converse Kids All Stars in glittery silver, and younger boys kick it in punk-inspired canvas sneakers from PF Flyers and Quicksilver. In fact, the crazier the design, print or jumble of colors on your kids' back-to-school sneakers, the better.