The Best Kids’ Shoes for Back to School

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In case you missed it, we’re 100 percent in back-to-school mode here at The Everymom. We’ve shared everything from how to get your kids excited to go back to school to items you can pick up for yourself while back-to-school shopping for your kids, and we’ve also talked about the kids’ gear and fashion items your child might need for a brand new year.

While you might be focused on the cute first day of school outfits and all of the items on their school supply list, there is another item to check off the list for your kids: new shoes for the upcoming year. Kids’ feet grow quickly, so there’s a good chance your child may have already grown out of last year’s shoes.

We know that you might not want to spend a lot on a pair of shoes that your kids will only wear for a year (or less), so we’ve put together this list of all the best kids’ shoes for back-to-school (including some editor faves!), at every price point. Check them out below:

 

Sneakers

Veja

Kids' Small V-10 Sneaker

toddler, little kid, and big kid sizes

Plae

Ty Sneaker

18 colors available
toddler, little kid, and big kid sizes

Machine washable!

Adidas

Racer TR21 Sneaker

toddler and little kid sizes

See Kai Run

Lucci Brown Leather Sneaker

toddler and little kid sizes

"See Kai Run are great! Closed-toe is also important for playground woodchips." - Kathy, Editor

Target

Brighton Sneakers

3 colors available
toddler and little kid sizes

Amazon

Lightweight Sneakers

18 colors available
toddler and little kid sizes

"These are the only sneakers I will ever buy my kids from now on." - Ally, Chief of Sales & Marketing

Veja

V-10 Sneaker

toddler and little kid sizes

Ten Little

Everyday Original

14 colors available
little kid sizes

Made from vegan leather and natural rubber soles!

Adidas

Fortarun Sneaker

2 colors available
little kid sizes

"Any sneakers that look like laces but are actually velcro are great for little ones who can't yet tie their shoes—or who don't want to deal with laces." - Kathy, Editor

AllBirds

Smallbirds Wool Runners

4 colors available
little kid and big kid sizes

Vans

Kids' Old Skool Sneaker

toddler and little kid sizes

Adidas

Streetcheck Sneaker

little and big kid sizes

New Balance

237 Sneaker

big kid sizes

"My boys trash their shoes, so I don’t want to spend too much, but they need to withstand their constant activity. I've been buying New Balances for years." - Carmen, Branded Content Editor

Slip-Ons

Native Shoes

Water Friendly Slip-On Vegan Sneaker

18 colors available
toddler, little kid, and big kids sizes

New Balance

X-70 Slip-On Sneakers

little kid sizes

Vans

Classic Checker Slip-On

little kid sizes

"I always buy my son a new pair of Vans because they are so easy." - Robi, Editor-in-Chief

Target

Delta Slip-On Shoes

5 colors available
little and big kid sizes

Waterproof!

AllBirds

Smallbirds Wool Loungers

4 colors available
little and big kid sizes

Vessi

Weekend Sneakers

7 colors available
little and big kid sizes

100 percent waterproof!

Target

Blaine Slip-On Sneakers

8 colors/patterns available
little and big kid sizes

Target

Tyler Slip-On Sneakers

5 colors/patterns available
little and big kid sizes

Mary Janes & More

Maisonette | L'Amour

Ollie Stitch Mary Jane

toddler and little kid sizes

Amazon

Lightweight Indoor Slippers

tons of colors and styles available
toddler and little kid sizes

"Our preschool asks that the kids use slippers for inside in winter when they take boots off and we LOVE these." - Ally, Chief of Sales & Marketing

Maisonette | Cienta

Rainbow Sparkle Mary Janes

toddler and little kid sizes

Crocs

Baya Clog

toddler and little kid sizes

"My kids have Crocs for inside school in the winter when they take off their snow boots." - Kathy, Editor

Ten Little

Mary Janes

2 colors available
little kid sizes

Made from vegan leather and natural rubber soles!

Mix No. 6

Lucy Mary Jane Flat

little and big kid sizes

Boots

Open Edit

Tiana Chelsea Boot

2 colors available
toddler, little kid, and big kid sizes

Bearpaw

Elle Zipper Boots

2 colors available
toddler and little kid sizes

"We've had these for last two years and love them." - Robi, Editor-in-Chief

Consciously Baby

Waxed Leather Chelsea Boot

toddler and little kid sizes

"These are a little more expensive, but I buy my kids each one pair of dress shoes. These are from a small business and are incredible quality, comfortable, and easy to get on." - Ally, Chief of Sales & Marketing

Amazon

Tundra Teddy Boot

toddler and little kid sizes

See Kai Run

Kassidy Brown Shearling

toddler and little kid sizes

Target

Zita Zipper Chelsea Boots

3 colors/patterns available
little and big kid sizes

Ugg

Faux Fur Lined Short Boot

2 colors available
little and big kid sizes

Deer Stags

Warren Jr. Boots

2 colors available
little and big kid sizes

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