Our Favourite Kids’ Shoes for School

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Oh my, but this summer has been rough on shoes. From hikes through swamps to getting stuck in torrential downpours, our kids’ footwear is not exactly pristine. And those sandals aren’t going to cut it come the first frosty morning, socks or not.

So, we’ve rounded up some great hikers, sneaks, runners and boots to keep them comfortably covered in footwear that fits great and serves the task at hand. Best foot forward, and all that. So toe the mark and go get some!

BOGS Rain Boots

Having tried our first pair of BOGS rain boots this season with the kids, we have vowed to never forsake them – they’re comfortable, easy for the kids to pull on and off, and do a super job at keeping kids tootsies dry. This new colour combo is awesomely preppy for fall.

$55, bogsfootwear.ca

Softmoc Ballerina Moccasin

These beauties are just like wearing slippers to school, and their furry lining will keep her feet warm all the way to Halloween. Paired with a pair of skinny jeans or leggings, they make for a comfortable yet stylish outfit.

$45, softmoc.com

Urban Planet Lace-up Sneaker

Yup, Urban Planet has kids’ clothes, accessories and footwear. They’re also seriously stylish with reasonable prices and shipping rates. We’re loving these navy canvas lace-ups with perfectly contrasting laces – they go with any pair of shorts or pants.

$20, urban-planet.com

PLAE Kids Max Fun Aurora Sneakers

Funky alert! These are hi-tops with some serious style. Their soft colours and whimsical patterns keep them from being too serious. Plus, we love the anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, because, well – kids feet.

$90, thebay.com

New Balance FuelCore Rush v3

Fall is for running – dashing through piles of leaves, cross country races, sprinting house to house while trick or treating…so they’ll need some good runners. New Balance offer comfort and style and makes the kiddos feel like they have wings on their feet.

$80, newbalance.ca 

Skechers Solestice Puppy Smarts Slip On

Cute puppies! Cute shoes, too! If the little style maven is also a doggie lover, these are the slip-ons for her. The sedate black background gets enlivened with a host of pups and accessories in a pleasing array of colours.

$47, theshoecompany.ca

Vasque Breeze Ultradry Kids Boots

Hiking is a wonderful family activity. It’s great exercise, and spending time in nature provides a host of benefits. When the tykes are old enough to do more than meander, outfit them in these great hiking boots that will support their ankles, provide super traction, and keep them dry. Then watch as complaints are left at the trailhead.

$79, mec.ca

Adidas Kids Superstar Shoes

Ah, thank heavens for Velcro. We’re all for kids learning how to tie their laces, but that can take time. Until then, these wee Adidas Superstars with Velcro allow the youngest kiddo to look as trendy as their siblings without having a meltdown over knots. And they’re so comfy that they’ll have no problem making the transition from summer shoes.

$75, getoutsideshoes.com

Saucony – Zealot 2

She’ll be the fleetest of foot in these running shoes – plus, she’ll adore the colours. Many runners swear by the brand Saucony and these could be the footwear that keeps her leaping over puddles and sprinting up hills. They’re also perfect for a power stroll around the neighbourhood with her other sporty gear.

$64, factoryshoe.ca

L.L. Bean Boots

These boots are absolutely fantastic and are some of the best quality ones we’ve found. They rock at keeping kids’ feet warm and dry, for which we will be incredibly thankful come November (or August, given the weather we’ve had). Hand them down when they’re outgrown to keep the awesomeness in the family even longer! And p.s. – free shipping to Canada.

$139 USD, llbean.com


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