One of the most exciting things about the first day of school was busting out your new kicks for the year. Share the tradition with your little one with these picks for every personality.
For Your Beachy Keen Kid
If your little ones are in denial about summer’s end, these sneaker-sandal hybrids by Keen might put the skip back in their step. With a full back structure (that should satisfy those picky school restrictions) and open weave toed front, these reverse-mullet shoes are party in the front, business in the back.
KEEN Newport H2 & Uneek Sandal $40/$60, www.keenfootwear.com
For Your Kid with the Sole of a Skater
If your half-pint prefers the half-pipe, she’ll love the look of the low profile slip-ons. And if you have a skater-boy, who says see you later…boy, do you need these glow in the dark sneaks to keep track of their tricks and keep them safe as dusk settles in.
Trase SP & Heathrow Glow in the Dark $50/$55, www.dcshoes.com
For Your Tech’d Out Tot-to-Teen
Many newer Skechers have bells and whistles, but their latest model goes all out gamer with a built-in remote control play system that slips into a side pocket on the shoe. Perfect fun solution for the kids on the bus who go up and down, all through the town.
Game Kicks 2 $65, www.skechers.com
For Your Wild Child
We are wild for EMU’s adorable Little Creatures styles. With lightweight sole for optimum skipping and cavorting power, these two lace-free suede options keep your kids in the action while others are sidelined trying to get that darn rabbit around the tree and down the hole.
EMU Australia Ladybird Ballet & Shark Sneaker $49/$59, www.emuaustralia.com/us