Once upon a time, I was able to — successfully — pick out clothes for my kids. I would simply buy whatever struck my fancy, and then wrestle them into it. Done. Admittedly, that phase was pretty short-lived. Both of my kids have pretty strong ideas of what they like to wear, and I know they’re not the only ones. So when we started getting reader requests for a back-to-school shoe roundup, I was apprehensive. I picked out a few shoes, showed my boys and….waited. “Oh Mom,” Raines said. “You and Linzi-Auntie” (and yes I’ll just throw Linz right under that bus with me)”both think you know what kids like…but you don’t. I mean…remember those star shoes?”

For the record, I still love those star shoes. But OK, kid. Fine. YOU do it.

And they did.

The Best Kids’ Shoes For Back-To-School (According To Our Kids)

Raines’ Shoe Picks

Nike AirForce1 HighTops | Adidas Superstars (thank god these made the list – I’ve been buying them for years)

DC Kids Pure High Tops | Vans High Tops

Pax’s Shoe Picks

Nike ‘Jordan 1 Mid’  | Nike Air Force 1 Mids

Nike LeBron Basketball Shoe | Adidas Superstars

Greenlea’s Shoe Picks

Ugg Sequined Boots | Rhinestone Sneakers

Fluffy Uggs | Nike Sneakers

Goose’s Shoe Picks

Beyond back-to-school outfits, we're searching for fresh kicks. Kids' shoes from Native, Vans, Skechers & Adidas on our shopping list (& our kids got to pick).

 Native Shoes Jefferson Bling Glitter Slip-On Vegan Sneaker | Skechers Twinkle Toes Twi Lites Holla Glam Light-Up High-Top Sneaker | Native Shoes Phoenix Slip-On Vegan Sneaker | Plae Ty Sneaker 

Sienna’s Shoe Picks

Luca’s Shoe PicksBeyond back-to-school outfits, we're searching for fresh kicks. Kids' shoes from Native, Vans, Skechers & Adidas on our shopping list (& our kids got to pick).

Nike Team Hustle Quick Sneakers | Nike Future Flight 2 Sneakers

Gap Dressy Slip-Ons | Gap Strappy Sneakers 

Serafina’s Shoe Picks

Beyond back-to-school outfits, we're searching for fresh kicks. Kids' shoes from Native, Vans, Skechers & Adidas on our shopping list (& our kids got to pick).

Gap Leopard Booties | Old Navy Glitter Jelly Rain Boots 

Nike Preschool Flex Runners | Gap Glitter Hi-Tops 

Lana’s Shoe Picks

Beyond back-to-school outfits, we're searching for fresh kicks. Kids' shoes from Native, Vans, Skechers & Adidas on our shopping list (& our kids got to pick).

 

Old Navy Glitter Rain Boots | Vans Sk8 Mid Re-Issue V Sneaker

Mini Melissa Mary Janes | ForeverLink Riding Boots

Tiarra’s Daughter’s Shoe Picks
Beyond back-to-school outfits, we're searching for fresh kicks. Kids' shoes from Native, Vans, Skechers & Adidas on our shopping list (& our kids' picks).

Sketchers | Olive & Edie

Childrenchic X Crewcuts | Adidas

Tiarra’s Son’s Shoe Picks
Beyond back-to-school outfits, we're searching for fresh kicks. Kids' shoes from Native, Vans, Skechers & Adidas on our shopping list (& our kids' picks).

Sketchers | Florsheim Chukka

Florsheim Oxford | Puma

Maddie’s Shoe Picks
Beyond back-to-school outfits, we're searching for fresh kicks. Kids' shoes from Native, Vans, Skechers & Adidas on our shopping list (& our kids' picks).

Sketcher’s Sparkle Lite Unicorn Craze Sneaker | Plae Max Imperial Garnet Hi-top Sneaker (also available at Nordstrom, similar color)

Boden High-Tops | Adidas Swift Run J Sneaker

Anthony’s Shoe Picks
Beyond back-to-school outfits, we're searching for fresh kicks. Kids' shoes from Native, Vans, Skechers & Adidas on our shopping list (& our kids' picks).

Chuck Taylor All Star Interstellar Dino’s Sneaker | Plae Max Flux Emerald Sneakers (metallic lo-top available at Nordstrom)

Vans UltraRange Rapidweld | Leather Low Top Sneakers 

Don’t forget to head over to our back-to-school hub where all of our back-to-school shopping articles are in one place. Happy shopping!

xo, 
S

5 COMMENTS

  1. Love this. Please do this in early August next year if possible! Preteen girl too would be awesome. My kids would wear these shoes!

  2. YES! love this article, but we start school in two days! Great content – love to hear from the kids’ perspectives! Thank you

  3. So fun. My almost five year old has asked for “tie shoes,” and after telling her that they don’t really make those in her size, since most kids can’t tie bows yet, I’m getting Converse for her birthday. Yesss. I have waaay too much fun shopping for kid shoes.

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