WHAT ARE THE BEST SHOES FOR BACK TO SCHOOL?
Early mornings (too early?). Filling lunch boxes, backpacks and water bottles. A cup (or three) of coffee. The excitement of a new classroom, new friends, and a new start – it’s back-to-school time.
Whether your kids are going back to school in the classroom or distance learning from home this year, the school year gets smoother when you find that one shoe that’s versatile for everyday and durable enough for the toughest outside play. From sandals to boots, sneakers to slip-ons, we’ve got the right back-to-school shoe for big kids, little kids, and toddlers. So how do you know which shoe is best? Read on to choose the sentence that best describes your kid!
“My kiddo needs a one-and-done shoe that will last through winter, spring, summer, & fall.”
If you’ve got a kid that loves sports, a kid that likes to play pretend or make up dances, if you’ve got a kid who spends recess nestled up with a book or swinging on the monkey bars … well basically if you’ve got a kid, the Newport Shoe is an easy ‘A’ – created with all the seasons in mind for 365 days of maximum comfort and fun. The Newport shoe features an adjustable fit, our iconic rubber toe bumper, and is fully enclosed with breathable mesh to keep debris out while keeping active feet comfy. Pro tip: Looking for a boot that will keep up with those weekend family hikes? Check out the Hikeport II Strap Waterproof Boot – rugged enough for the trail, light enough for neighborhood play.
“I always buy these shoes because my children could use them all over the winter, everywhere!” – Sara
“It’s about to get cold where I’m at. I need a shoe that will keep my kid warm on the playground but comfortable when they’re indoors.”
Slush proof. Cozy. Easy on and off. The Howser Chukka boot makes back-to-school shopping easy because it’s like the teacher’s pet when it comes to all-weather protection and comfort. These bungee closure boots are all about taking the comfort of inside, outside, while keeping your kiddo’s toes dry with 100g of KEEN.WARM insulation and a faux fur lining.
Pro tip: For a slip-on, try the Howser Wrap with iconic slipper-like comfort and a durable, grippy rubber outsole for outside.
“My kid is rough on their shoes. I typically need multiple pairs of shoes just to get through the school year.”
For those always-on-the-go, jumping-into-everything boys, girls, and enby kids, try the Chandler CNX sneaker. The low-profile CNX outsole gives kids traction without being bulky so they can get carried away playing tag on the grass, asphalt, or dirt.
“Great shoe for an active boy and I love the colors and design!...” – Anonymous
Pro-Tip: Also check out our Redwood Waterproof Boot – premium leather with more traction and support than sneakers.
WHAT SIZE SHOE DOES MY KID WEAR?
Take the stress out of back-to-school shopping by buying online. Not sure how to tell what size shoe your kid wears? Use our Handydandy Foot Measuring Thingamajig to buy your kids’ shoes online with confidence. If you need to exchange for another size, no problem. Orders are eligible for a refund within 30 days of purchase.