The One Where Our Kids Pick Their Back-To-School Shoes

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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