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When it comes to back-to-school shopping, the most thrilling purchase has always been a new pair of kicks. I mean, they’re literally the foundation of a fresh wardrobe. That said, picking the best shoes for school is an annual tradition that can easily be fraught with indecision. The styles! The colors! The need for comfort during all the things!
No, it’s not easy–especially when you’ve got a kiddo with opinions. (That’s all of them.) And while it’s important that they look good, they also need to offer real support for growing feet. Moreover, you want to spend your hard-earned money on something that’s not going to look like garbage before they’ve actually grown out of them. After all, that happens soon enough.
From preschool shoes to slips-ons and velcro shoes that save a bit of time and aggravation, we’ve hand-picked some of the best shoes for school this fall that are sure to last–and look good while doing it.
Best shoes for school: Preschool shoes
Best velcro shoes
Best slip on shoes for kids
Best shoes for big kids
A version of this story was published in 2021. It has been updated.