Back to School Footwear: Shoes to Step Up Your Kid's Look
Kids might not always be thrilled about it, but there is a sense of excitement about going back to school. It's a new year and the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start. So, what better way to take that next step than with some new shoes? This collection of classic styles and cool modern designs will have boys and girls heading happily out the door and into the classroom.
Even if basketball high tops are his idea of casual, there's a whole world of stylish alternatives for cool footwear available this season. Leather or cloth slip-on sneakers lead the list for their hip look, especially when worn without socks. Low-top hiking shoes offer a more rugged image, with a slightly bulkier look that’s typically characterized by leather or suede uppers and thick, treaded outsoles. Chukka boots have also made a comeback with their above-ankle height and adventurous image.
Selections for fashionable girls' footwear showcase traditional and trendy styles. Ballet flats are big, especially if they're embellished with glitzy rhinestones and floral rosettes. Cutout patterns can’t miss for a fun look with refreshing airflow. Slip-on sneakers swing a sporty vibe that's made even better with shimmering metallic uppers, polished stud accents and the glam gleam of glitter. If she really wants to make a statement, check out some chunky clogs or wild wedge sneakers – especially the ones with decorative zippers.
Depending on his fondness for tying shoes, there are classic Oxfords. The styles available are far from stuffy, with designs even the most laid-back young dudes will love. Traditional Oxford looks in patent or grain leather are always a hit, with variations such as pointed, square or apron toes and decorative broguing to add a little flair at dances or on picture day.
Her style has grown beyond Mary Janes as the go-to dress shoe. Classic pumps and sandals with a low heel are right on target, especially when the designs incorporate ankle straps for a more secure fit. Traditional leather uppers with a high gloss are great, but consider alternative textures resembling suede or silk. Flats are also a solid choice for special events. Subtle embellishments like bows or tassels add just the right amount of glamour.
Make him feel more comfortable by steering him toward loafers for everyday wear. In addition to meeting most school uniform requirements, these slip-on superstars are great for adding polish to polo shirts and khakis. Boost his appearance with the laid-back nautical look of boat shoes, which offer easy comfort during the warmer months.
Classic Oxfords are always a safe bet, and saddle shoes are a fun variant with a distinctive two-tone look that’s part prep and part retro. Ballet flats and loafers are also shoe styles that schools typically sanction, so review their guidelines and see what leeway is available for light accents like decorative tassels and snaffles to add flair. Simple cloth or leather sneakers in solid colors can also do the trick while keeping her comfortable.
Cool modern looks are the name of the game. Combinations of breathable mesh and synthetic leather will give his image a little swag while feeling comfortable, whether it’s for sports or just hanging out. Eye-popping color combinations with hook-and-loop straps will ensure his style is totally on trend.
Retro style rules this season and the vintage look of canvas sneakers is all the rage. Whether she prefers high tops or low tops, it's all good. Colors run the entire spectrum depending on her preference. Always keep it simple for gym class. Otherwise, there are plenty of options for her to glam it up with embroidery, shimmering studs or sequins.