Over the past few iterations of back to school, we’ve come to realize that few items are as essential as new kicks. Basic school supplies are provided. The rest of the wardrobe can be augmented and freshened bit by bit. But after a summer of outdoor exploring, cottage visits, day camps, and getting caught in the rain, our kiddos need new shoes: two pairs, one outdoor and one indoor. Here are the ones that get an A+ for function, style and value for money.
Asics – Contend 5
Asics certainly knows how to make a fabulous runner that has every foot in the family crooning. Perfect for gym class and all-around wear, this is a breathable beauty.
$64 | factoryshoe.ca
Native Monaco Mid-Cut
Looking good, little one! Style starts early – like in kindergarten – and they’ll love how these mid-cut microfiber shoes go with everything. Plus, laces and a zipper make for easy-on, easy-off.
$56 | well.ca
NIKE Tanjun Sneaker
If their motto is run, don’t walk, they’ll be super stoked with these sneaks. On-trend electric blue and Nike’s classic styling make them a safe bet for our no-fuss dude.
$70 | dsw.ca
Girls Fringe Faux Suede Boots
If she’s looking for some statement footwear for photos and non-gym days, and these faux suede boots will have her over the moon. They look smashing with skirts and dresses and are perfect for special occasions.
$30 | childrensplace.com
Converse Toddler Chuck Taylor All Star Sneaker
So it’s back to school preschool style? These mini Chuck Taylors are easily fastened with Velcro and full of colour and graphics. Beyond sweet!
$45 | dsw.ca
Joe Fresh Kid Boys’ High Top Sneakers
Wow, these shoes are easy on the eyes and make even his uniform of jeans or cargos and a T-shirt look stylish! They’re also blissfully easy on the wallet.
$29 | joefresh.com
Keds Big Kids Kickstart Rainbow
We want these shoes. Seriously, why do all the great kicks come solely in kids’ sizes? We love the stripes, barrel laces and serious comfort with a memory foam footbed.
$55 | well.ca
New Balance Black Lime
When it comes to runners, we’re looking for a great fit and amazing quality, two things New Balance is known for. The wider cut of these shoes is perfect for kids who need more room in the toe box and the support is great for happy feet.
$68 | factoryshoe.ca
Joe Fresh Kid Girls’ Quilted Slip-On Sneakers
Who needs laces? Sometimes you need to ease and style of a slip-on. We love the metallic hues – silver or rose – of these quilted babies that will look great with everything in her wardrobe AND cut down on getting ready time.
$24 | joefresh.com
Boys Hi-Top Sneakers
Can you believe it? No more fighting over footwear! With these understated hi-tops, parents and kids can be done with shoe shopping in the blink of an eye. Lots of sizes, lots of styles, and free shipping always. Love!
$27 | childrensplace.com
Under Armour Mojo – Boys’ Grade School
These shoes are made for long-lasting comfort and are perfect for any active grade-schooler. Light as a feather and designed for flexibility and comfort, this sneaker is perfect for everyday indoor wear. Plus, the reinforced mesh gives your little one’s toes a light, breathable feel.
$70 | footlocker.ca
New Balance Kids’ Preschool
These velcro shoes are perfect for the younger set to slip-on, a must for kids that haven’t yet mastered how to lace up their own shoes. These sporting shoes are perfect for active kids, the lightweight style won’t weigh little runners down, and the mesh sides allow for maximum air-flow.
$55 | sportchek.ca
Mars Kids Non-Marking Trainers
Well-constructed shoes for a great price, these Mountain Warehouse brand runners are non-marking, making them perfect for indoor use. The mesh lining, velcro fastening, and strong grip on the soles make this a perfect choice for any back-to-schooler.
$40 | mountainwarehouse.com