Best Back-to-School Shoes for KidsStart your kid off on the right foot with back-to-school shoes that combine comfort, durability and a hit of style. All the kid-fave kicks are here, including awesome athletic shoes, retro-cool sneakers, sparkly ballet flats, and school uniform dress shoes.
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.