Don’t let back-to-school blues get your kids down in the dumps. Summer’s lazy days may be slipping away, but a new school year isn’t all bad. From forming friendships new and old to diving into fall sports to picking up new skills and dusting off old knowledge, they’ll soon forget they ever spent two whole months watching cartoons and fooling around with smartphone apps. Start their year with nothing but smiles by putting their best foot forward – literally – with this year’s ultra-trendy high-tops, slip-ons, athletic shoes and booties.
Say hello to cuffed skinny jeans or dress trousers, bare ankles, slouchy tees and form-fitting jackets. Your kid exudes independence with an eclectic flair, and their shoes should complement their style. For your teenage boy, pair his skinny dark-wash jeans and a blazer or a plaid button-down shirt and slouchy cuffed jeans with an always classic pair of men’s Chuck Taylor High Tops in all black. Now, that’s hipster-chic.
You can describe your teen’s style in three words: cool, clean, casual. So, make sure they have the shoes to match. For the teenage girl, pair classic women’s Chuck Taylor High Tops in mono white with a crisp, white button down and dark-wash jeans. Finish the look with a studded, black leather cross-body bag. For teenage boys, go for men’s Chuck Taylor All Star High Street Mid Tops in mono grey paired with a black v-neck T-shirt and a dark skinny jean.
If your high school daughter leans more toward the urban side of fashion, consider an edgy pair of women’s booties. With a pair of women’s Rock and Candy Booties in spray paint black, pleather leggings, a loose-fitting T-shirt and a moto-style jacket, your teen will be ready to rock it in high school.
To go more ’90s grunge than hip-hop, swap out those leggings for deconstructed boyfriend jeans paired with a grey tank and a waist-tied plaid button-down. Slip on a pair of women’s Vans Asher in black, and you’ve gone retro.
Athleticism is in – at least when it comes to wardrobe. Team sports jackets and workout gear double as everyday wear, and no better shoe complements this look than a black-and-white athletic sneaker. When styled with even the most basic sports hoodie and denim shorts combo, the women’s Asics Enhance and the men’s Adidas Neo Raleigh High Top Sneaker effortlessly transition from gym class to after school. For elementary school-aged kids, opt for styles like the Nike Son of Force or Nike Clutch – both of which have graphics sure to turn a few heads.
Wake up your elementary-age kid’s style with a burst of color from bright, eye-catching athletic shoes. Pair girls’ shoes like the Nike Flex Run in black and hot pink and boys’ shoes like the Nike Flex Experience in blue and orange with Bermuda shorts and sports hoodies, neon patterned leggings and a loose top, or overalls, denim jacket and colorful socks. Whatever the outfit, with these shoes, your kids will be playground ready.
About the Author
A writer with an interest in style and all things beautiful, Melissa J. Bell has handed out beauty and fashion advice since she could talk. You can find her works on publications like Daily Glow.