When kids start to dread the end of the summer, the start of early mornings and homework, one bright spot shines: back-to-school shopping. From first-graders to high school seniors, there’s nothing like making your hallway debut in fresh new duds and squeaky clean shoes, and today’s students have more options than ever. Whether your academic prefers to go cool and casual with Chuck Taylors or dress it up a bit with Steve Maddens, picking just the right kicks is essential to starting school on the right foot.
Primary Styles for Girls
For elementary and middle-school girls, few shoes have more classic style than French Toast Caitlin Mary Janes. Loved by girly girls the world over, timeless Mary Janes go perfectly with summery skirts or sundresses and tights. For the more active gal who loves color, pair these shoes with anything from bright leggings to skinny jeans to casual capris.
Young Boys, Big Style
At the primary school age, the concept of cool is paramount for boys. Start them off with a sleek pair of Vans Atwood sneakers – just like the high school boys wear. In colors ranging from classic black or gray to poppy blue or red, these canvas sneaks make matching easy.
Her High School Style
Think of the Keds Champion Sneaker as a blank canvas for your high-school girl to paint on as she explores her budding personal style. This shoe works with everything from jeans to maxi skirts, and it sports prints ranging from navy zebra stripes to bold pineapples on a light aqua upper.
His High-School Vibe
For older kids, the Vans Atwood sneaker is even more versatile than its grade-school counterpart. Black-on-black works for skaters, while oxblood or khaki styles work for boys who prefer chinos and sweaters.
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About the Author
Daniel Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in publications such as USA Today and Bazooka Magazine. He fashion background includes years of experience selecting, designing and fabricating theatrical wardrobe, as well as designing film wardrobe and serving as a costuming assistant on the sets of short and feature-length films.