A huge thank you to ShopStyle Collective and DSW for sponsoring this post!
It’s (almost) back-to-school time!
And you know what that means…new shoes for the whole family! (My husband, Zack, and I aren’t going back to school, but…we love shoes, so…)
Between growing like crazy and playing hard in the sand and dirt and all the things, my kids have started to go through shoes faster than ever. So, I basically just want to get them one or two pairs of really good sneakers that will go with everything.
And you know what goes with (basically) everything they wear? Skate shoes. Slip-on or (faux) lace-up sneakers that are easy to get on and off, can be worn with everything from casual shorts to dressier outfits, and can keep up with their insatiable energy. (Because the running never stops.)
Back-To-School Essentials For The Whole Fam? Start With Skate Shoes
For general day-to-day life, skate sneakers are pretty much a go-to for our entire family. They’re casual enough for everyday wear but not so much so that they couldn’t be paired with a dressier outfit. In fact, when we travel, those are the only shoes we make sure we don’t leave home without. (Because pretty much everything else can be replaced by them in a pinch.)
Zack was really the one who started introducing me to all things Vans, Converse and adidas shortly after we met. He was a bit of a Sk8er Boi (still love that song, 20 years later 😳), and I was pretty much a “strictly heels” girl back then. But now, a large part of my closet has been entirely taken over by those kinds of sneakers — I’m so glad they’re in style. They’re much comfier than heels (thank God, because running after the kids is a daily part of life right now), and I love that they go with almost anything.
(But don’t get me wrong, I’ll still rock a statement heel once in a while…adds these to cart.)
Zack might be a skater boy, but I am not. I’m more like a don’t-you-dare-let-me-go-but-I-will-get-on-this-board-for-the-sake-of-a-picture kind of girl. Now, my daughter on the other hand…
She’s much cooler than I am.
I’ll let you figure out which one of my kids will be on their own board quicker…
(Good thing he can run in those shoes!)
BTW, I love that these Vans kids’ shoes look like they have laces but are, in fact, slip-on. Makes it SO much easier for them to get the sneakers on and off — and much better for school recess!
These two cuties are enjoying their last few weeks of summer…but they’ve got their shoes set for when the new school year starts!
Shop Skate Shoes For The Family
DSW is a win for kids’ back-to-school shoes (& the whole fam). You can also join their VIP program (it’s free!) for benefits like free shipping/returns, $5 off on your birthday and, of course, points for every dollar you spend. Here are more of our back-to-school favorites from DSW!
Photo Credit: Vafa Photography
A huge thank you to ShopStyle Collective and DSW for sponsoring this post! Thanks for helping us get excited about getting back to school this year! Amy, thank you for the pictures — the kids just love you! And, readers, thank you SO much for your continued support. It’s so very appreciated!