When you first hit the hallway you’ll need something that makes you look and feel your best. We’ve compiled a must-have list of school shoes based on style, comfort, ratings and more; all from the best brands in the game. Get ready to step out and stand out – it’s time to define your style from the ground up.
SHOES FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
Score an iconic look with the Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. These classic kicks feature a low-cut style with a cushioned midsole to provides maximum comfort during wear. It’s complete with leather upper materials to add durability and style. Designed for collectors and athletes alike, this classic style continues to make sneakerhead history year after year.
The Air Jordan 1 Mid combines a fresh look with a classic muse. Inspired by the original AJ 1 in 1985, this shoe is perfect for the court or everyday wear. The Air-Sole unit provides lightweight comfort while the padded collar provides a supportive feel. Available in multiple colorways, there’s a pair to match your every fit.
Heritage style meets modern comfort in the Nike Air Max 270 shoes. An exaggerated tongue top and heritage logo pays homage to the original 1991 Air Max 180 and delivers a modern update to a classic style you’ll love. Plus, you can stay comfortable as you move from class-to-class thanks to their Max Air heel unit, flex grooves and soft foam.
Add some throwback flair to your first-day look with the Nike Blazer Mid. The Nike Blazer Mid’s vintage treatment on the midsole and exposed foam on the tongue offers an old-school style perfect for new-school outfits. Its leather and synthetic upper helps give comfortable support while an autoclave construction fuses the outsole to the midsole for a streamlined look.
Comfort is in this top shoe’s DNA – literally. The adidas Ultraboost DNA is perfect for running the track or down the hallways. With boost comfort and a Primeknit upper for a breathable feel, this shoe will keep you moving from classes to after-school fun.
Prep for every school day your way in the Vans Old Skool skate shoes. Designed with an iconic style that never goes out of fashion, the Old Skool shoe is a member of the Vans Classic collection and was the first Vans shoe to be designed with the iconic side stripe! If you’re looking for a casual, comfy and iconic low-top to take on the year, look no further.
Sock-like fit? Check. Natural feel? Check. Goes-with-anything-style? Check. The adidas NMD has it all. With multiple colorways and boost cushioning to provide a springy, responsive feel, this collection brings a modern attitude to ‘80s racing heritage.
Head back in laid-back style with a pair of Crocs, featuring Iconic Crocs Comfort™ material for cushion and contour. These classic clogs are designed with ventilation holes on top and around the toe box for maximum breathability. Plus, they deliver unmatched comfort for wherever your day takes you. Pivoting straps also allow them to be worn as slides for two looks in one.
During those early school mornings, sometimes you just want a pair of shoes to slip on and go. For those days, look no further than the BIRKENSTOCK Arizona EVA. Easy-to-wear and always comfortable, these sandals also feature two adjustable straps with buckles for a custom fit.
Leave an impression with your style with the Dr. Martens 1460. These iconic boots are the perfect statement-making piece for all your back-to-school looks. Designed with an air-cushioned sole for extra comfort and a heel loop for easy on-and-off, these shoes are ready to be your next go-to.
Make your comeback iconic with New Balance 574 shoes. These day-one must-haves feature leather upper materials that make a statement with midsole cushioning and lightweight foam to deliver all-day support for your routine. New Balance 574 shoes are also made in part with recycled content so you can feel proud – and look confident – in what you wear.
Once you’ve set the tone with your style, you’ll need to keep your new kicks looking fresh. Learn how to clean your shoes with our Pro Tips guide. Need more style inspo? Check out all our back-to-school styles.