10 Best Back-to-School Shoes

From home to hallway, find the perfect school shoes to style your year.

Whether you’re hitting the hallway or hitting “join meeting,” 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. So, in class or on camera, step out and stand out – it’s time to define your style from the ground up.

SHOES FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Nike Air Force 1

Score an iconic look with the Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. Boasting hundreds of five-star reviews, this low-cut style has a cushioned midsole that provides maximum comfort during wear. The thick Nike Air midsole absorbs shock upon impact, and the flexible ankle region allows for a full range of motion. Designed for collectors and athletes alike, this classic style continues to make sneakerhead history year after year.

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Nike Air Max 270

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. Reviewers note how comfortable these shoes are, which might be thanks to their Max Air heel unit, flex grooves and soft foam.  

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Nike Air Max 90

Staying true to the OG, the Nike Men’s Air Max 90 shoes bring an iconic look to the present. Originally designed for performance running, the Max Air unit adds amazing cushioning to keep you moving all day. Stitched overlays and TPU accents add a retro ‘90s look that’s ready for the school year. If you’re looking for comfort and old-school style, the Air Max 90 could be your perfect look.

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adidas Originals NMD_R1

Stride out in a minimalist style in the adidas Originals® Women’s NMD_R1 shoes. NMD shoes bring a modern attitude to racing heritage that’s perfect for stepping out in class or on-camera. These shoes are designed for maximum comfort, which reviewers can attest to; they have thousands of five-star reviews! They’re also designed with a foot-hugging fit and springy, responsive cushiony feel.

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Vans Classic Slip-On

Slip into comfort and rock an iconic brand and signature look with the Vans Classic Slip-On shoes. These durable shoes are part of the Vans Classics collection and feature the flag label and Off the Wall logo on the heel for signature skate and casual style. Elastic accents make for a comfortable fit, while a padded collar adds comfort. If you’re looking for all-day comfort for the couch, classroom and beyond, try these slip-ons.

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Vans Old Skool


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 classic low-top to take on the year, look no further.

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adidas Ultraboost

Years of innovation and research have led to adidas Ultraboost’s amazing confidence and style, whether you’re going for a run or turning the hallway into your runway. Their classic, comfortable feel can help keep you going all day long and feature a Boost midsole for amazing energy return.

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Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit

Whatever your Day One looks like, set the tone with the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit running shoes. Made for runners at every level, the Infinity Run Flyknit is designed to keep you moving, making it perfect for long school days. Designed to help you hit your stride, you’ll experience flexibility at toe-off, a smooth ride at midstance and cushioning at contact. Innovative comfort meets school style in this shoe.

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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

Take on the year with the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37. The all-new forefoot Air Zoom unit and Nike React foam bring max cushion while still delivering a fit and feel you’re sure to love. Lightweight, springy and durable are qualities you can expect to experience with these style-meets-performance shoes.

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Nike React Phantom Run Flyknit 2

All about versatility, the Nike React Phantom Run Flyknit 2 running shoes feature a laceless design for a cool look that feels like it disappears on your foot. Plus, the elastic design makes it easy to slip on and go. Find your perfect colorway and lock in can’t-miss comfort and unique style with this responsive, laceless shoe.

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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 our entire School-Style Shop.