Back To School Shoe Guide 2015

Shoes are an essential part of back to school shopping. You want to ensure that you get something for your child that stands up to four very important criteria: style, fashion, comfort, and longevity. Children’s shoes have much different requirements than adults. After all, their feet are shaping and growing every day. A good quality pair of shoes is essential! This year we have rounded up some amazing brands and there is certainly a great selection of styles.

Personalized Shoes from Chasing Fireflies


Chasing Fireflies was created to celebrate childhood, as well as parenthood. Do you remember the first time you ever rode a bike, or had ice cream for dinner? Sure, it was fun when you did it, but, as parents, it’s way more fun to experience your child’s “firsts” with them. They’ve taken great care in selecting magical children’s products that are sure to charm, surprise and delight your child, (and you!)


Kid’s Personalized Classic Toms® are super-comfy and lightweight, and are perfect to kick off the school year with. The classic shoe sports your child’s name (maximum 8 characters) and favorite icon (bow, heart or flower). With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. It’s ‘One for One’, the company’s innovative donation program.

Personalized Low-Top Chuck Taylors® are the most iconic sneaker in the world; and they look just as classic on small feet as they do on big ones. The unmistakable silhouette and vulcanized rubber sole remain intact. If you’re a sucker for personalization (and really, who isn’t?) this twist on the classic look will have your little one looking rad before you know it!  

Features You Will LOVE

Personalized Classic Toms®

  • Adjustable closure for easy on and off
  • Personalization done exclusively through Chasing Fireflies
  • TOMS classic suede insole with cushion for comfort
  • NEW sole for improved durability, flexibility and protection, keeping little feet happy and secure as they play.
  • Available in the following colors: Black, Grey, Natural, Navy, Red.

Personalized Low-Top Chuck Taylors®

  • Customizing is easy! Simply choose your size, color and add your special icon and name (maximum 10 characters) and you’re all set.
  • Durable canvas upper.
  • Lace-up front with metal eyelets.
  • Canvas lining and a cushioned footbed provides hours of comfort.
  • Original rubber toe box and toe guard, tonal sidewall trim and All Star® heel patch.
  • Signature Converse® rubber outsole.
Perfect For

These two personalized options for classic shoes are perfect for any child who loves to wear signature brands, but with a twist, unique to their own personality. You will love the spin on quintessential styles that are durable and sure to last until they outgrow them.

Boys Shoes By Elements by Nina


For decades, parents have trusted Nina’s expertise with fashion and fit for girls. Now there is ELEMENTS by Nina, a collection for boys with just the right amount of fashion, the coolest pops of color, and the latest finishes. The ELEMENTS collection offers updated styling and unique details beyond the usual athletic-casual offerings for boys. Boys love the comfortable and cool constructions that look like shoes, but feel like sneakers, and parents appreciate the quality and value they expect from the Nina brand. 


The Austin high-top, side-zip, canvas sneaker is fit for trendy, hipster, and super cool dudes who love sporting the latest back-to-school style on their kicks. Your cool guy will make quite a statement as he walks the hallways in these unique, bright, and fun sneakers!

For days when the school schedule calls for dressing up a bit, slide a pair of Element’s Devin sneakers on your son, and let him shine. These loafer style slip-on sneakers are stylish, unique, and still plenty comfortable for playing on the playground after the school assembly.

These Cooper suede sneakers in a trendy high-top boot style will take your son from fall through winter at the top of the class, style-speaking. They are neutral enough to coordinate with most any outfit your son can put together, and the side-zip makes them extra easy to pull on during busy school mornings.

Every boy needs a classic pair of slip on canvas sneakers, and Element’s Keith shoes are perfect for the school year. These soft suede sneakers are comfortable, neutral, and a must-have staple for your son’s shoe collection.

Features You Will LOVE


  • Canvas uppers and rubber outsole
  • Side-zip opening and lace up tops
  • High-top style


  • Suede uppers and rubber outsole
  • Slip on style with faux laces
  • Available in 3 color options


  • Suede/textile uppers and rubber outsole
  • Side-zip opening with faux elasticized laces
  • High-top boot style
  • Available in 2 color options


  • Suede uppers and rubber outsole
  • Slip on style
  • Available in 2 color options
Perfect For

Element’s line of boy’s shoes, with their unique, fun, and stylish options that mimic today’s popular men’s style shoes, are perfect for outfitting your son in this school year. There’s a pair made for every school event and activity that your son can find himself in, making these shoes essential for every school boy’s closet.

Florsheim Boys Shoes


Since 1892 in Chicago, Illinois, Florsheim has been creating a line of shoes that bring stylish comfort and quality to men seeking shoes for their unique lifestyles. With a rich history of quality craftsmanship and dedicated work ethic, Florsheim is committed to bringing you the most up-to-date styles while staying true to the brand standards and integrity of its founders. 


Florsheim boys’ shoes offer comfort and versatility with a variety of dapper styles that are all made to withstand your rough-and-tumble little man. Inspired by Dad’s most beloved shoe styles, each Florsheim shoe is made with quality materials and is specially crafted for growing feet with easily adjustable laces. Dress them up or dress them down, and you can be assured that these shoes will last the whole school year!

Features You Will LOVE

Bucktown Wingtip Slip Jr.

  • Inspired by Dad’s favorite wingtips
  • Buffalo crazy horse leather
  • Mesh, breathable lining
  • Non-removable insole
  • Lightweight, flexible EVA soles

Quinlan Jr.

  • Suede boys chukka
  • Genuine suede upper
  • Breathable, moisture wicking Suedetech lining
  • Non-removable insole
  • Lightweight, flexible EVA soles
Perfect For

These shoes are available from size toddler 10 to boys 6. Choose from a variety of styles and colors and you’re sure to find the perfect pair for your dapper dude! You can trust that these shoes will be an investment for comfy feet throughout the whole school year.

Kid Socks by Foot Cardigan


Foot Cardigan is a new, quirky monthly subscription service that delivers… yup, you guessed it, socks! Straight to your mailbox each month, whether you’re an 18 year old guy, a 74 year old lady, or a 3 year old preschooler, a pair of unique, sometimes crazy, pair of socks will grace you with their presence. The people behind Foot Cardigan are an eclectic group of fun-loving individuals who love clothing the feet of their fellow humans in a memorable and hilarious way. (Seriously, check out their website for a good laugh and a great pair of socks!) 


Parents, make back-to-school sock shopping no longer a chore by treating your kids to a brand new pair of socks every month. Whippersnappers by Foot Cardigan is the kid sock subscription that delivers socks to your door especially for your kiddos. Each month it’s a complete surprise what kind of socks will show up. What kid wouldn’t love a game of Sock Roulette? You can be sure though that each pair will be unique, bright, and super-fun! 

Features You Will LOVE

  • 2 pairs of fresh socks delivered to your mailbox each month
  • Only $11/month!
  • Can give as a gift (this would make a great back-to-school gift for little sock lovers in your life) + Gift wrapping is available
  • For boys and girls
  • Available in 3 size ranges to fit all kids ages 3-12
Perfect For

Foot Cardigan’s Whippersnappers are perfect for kids who are fearless and funky when it comes to fashion, and who want to make quite the first impression that first day back at school! 

Livie & Luca


Livie & Luca is about handmade shoes of extraordinary comfort and durability, and shoes expertly designed for the safe development of your little one’s precious feet. They utilize brightly colored velvety soft leathers, bold designs and whimsical modern touches. They stand behind building a better world for our children, and give 10% of online sales to organizations that work to spread joy through play.


Rover is the latest addition in the hand-sewn cobbler collection. With the same moccasin style as the rest of the collection, Rover has added playfulness with patchwork leather, hand painted details and pops of bright color. 

Hopper (coming soon!) is full of hidden surprises, and pulls together what Livie & Luca does best: bold colors, a fusion
of soft and supple materials and fun and functional design.  

Features You Will LOVE


  • Brown leather and blue denim exterior
  • Brown hand painted camo leather detailing
  • Includes two sets of shoelaces: brown and lime green
  • Lace up closure for a just-right fit
  • Breathable inner sole
  • Whole sizes 4-13


  • Three colors available: teal, taupe and fuchsia suede 
  • Rawhide laces with suede tassels
  • Playful stitching
  • Satiny swan lining custom designed by a local artist
  • Practical side zipper
  • Whole sizes 4-13
Perfect For

Livie & Luca shoes are for true fashion-forward children. They are practical and durable, yet fun. They mix bold colors with classic designs, and are perfect for the boho and free-spirited fashion loving children. You will love how they look, and they will love how different and funky the designs are, and how perfect they can match any style.


Rover | Hopper (coming soon)


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Boy Shoes by Umi


Umi is a company that takes great pride in putting a high quality product on your children’s feet. They truly understand that kids were put on this earth to run, skip, jump and give their shoes a really good beating. That is why they are a company that is committed to making a product that encompasses quality, comfort and style. They go to great strides to ensure that they are an environmentally conscious company that cares about protecting our children and our planet.


Umi creates their shoes using only the softest, drum-dyed leathers and other non-toxic, environmentally friendly natural materials. The materials are breathable and natural and will keep children’s feet dry and healthy. Each and every shoe design is tested to ensure both durability and safety. They contain lightweight yet durable outsoles that allow for natural movement and flexibility. 

One of their best features is that the spacious toe boxes allow for extra room to grow. This means no pinched toes and shoes that are made to last. Make sure you take this into consideration when ordering! All of Umi’s shoes are specially crafted to cushion and protect little feet where they need it most, while still allowing the flexibility they need everywhere else.

There is a great reason why Daily Mom loves Umi shoes and this years collection for fall certainly does not disappoint. Two of our favorite shoes from their boys collections are Bodi C and Jason.

Features You Will LOVE

Bodi C

  • Sturdy leather and man-made materials 
  • Contrasting hook-and-loop closure
  • Higher top to allow for  extra ankle support


  • Soft genuine leather uppers with mesh linings
  • Secure hook-and-loop strap closure for easy-on/easy-off 
  • Mesh cushioned footbed
  • Contoured rubber outsole for extra stability and comfort 
Perfect For

Umi Shoes are great for little boys who need shoes that can withstand all the wear and tear that they will surely put them up to. They are perfect not only for comfort but they are also durable and stylish shoes. Whether you have little boys going into preschool or entering grade school they have something that will meet and excel all of your back to school shoe needs.   


Bodi C | Jason


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Nina Shoes


Nina shoes for girls are renowned for their fit and fashion, and always offer great value. A true lifestyle collection, offering casuals, boots, back to school, and dress shoes, Nina has the fashion styling girls love. For decades, Nina has offered fit and quality that parents trust.  


Nina Antonie is a fun and casual slip on shoe that is adorned with a glitter upper. It features a classic Mary-Jane style, that is not only stylish, but also has functional characteristics that any girl will love.

Mirabela Boots are the quintessential cowboy boots for little girls, with special girly embellishments that will appeal to any girl who loves to play hard while also looking feminine.

Features You Will LOVE


  • Elastic slip-on and trim
  • Cushioned Support
  • Light weight flexible rubber outsole
  • Toddler and big girl sizing 
  • Non-skid, Non-marking


  • Cowboy Boot
  • Side zipper entry 
  • Embroidered upper, stud accents 
  • Cushion comfort 
  • 1“ Heel
  • Toddler and big girl sizing 
  • Non-skid, Non-marking
Perfect For

Nina Shoes are the perfect addition to any little girl’s wardrobe. The vast styles available will keep her excited to experiment with her own style, and you’ll love how durable and well-made they are.

Boys Shoes By Pediped


One of our favorite shoe brands here at Daily Mom is Pediped. Back in 2005, the Edgeworth family decided to create a footwear line for children that mimics walking barefoot, which doctors say is healthiest for growing feet. Pediped was then born, and their simple philosophy is comfort, quality, and style: “the next best thing to bare feet”. Being one of the first children’s shoe companies to earn the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance for promoting healthy foot development, Pediped takes pride in their high quality materials, impeccable workmanship, and stylish offerings for both boys and girls, from babies to big kids.


Pediped’s Flex Mars sneaker is the perfect back to school do-it-all sneaker, that can tackle bus rides, recess, and field trips with no problem. 

The Flex Delmar makes the transition from summer to fall footwear effortlessly. For many kids, it’s still hot when school starts back up, so give your son a breathable, yet supportive sneaker/sandal that he can run and jump in with ease.

Great for wearing to the classroom everyday, the Flex Jake is a stylish, classic, and casual sneaker that makes a boy’s outfit just a bit more handsome. 

Features You Will LOVE

Flex Mars

  • Ultra Light Technology
  • Machine Washable!
  • Water-Safe
  • Flex-Fit System provides an additional insole for a custom fit and additional longevity
  • Faux laces and Velcro closure

Flex Delmar

  • Machine Washable!
  • Water-Safe
  • Made from Eco-Friendly materials 
  • Runs slightly wide, so perfect for larger boy feet

Flex Jake

  • Machine Washable!
  • Flex-Fit System provides an additional insole for a custom fit and additional longevity
  • Faux laces and Velcro closure
  • Canvas upper and flexible rubber sole
Perfect For

Boys need comfortable, durable, and stylish (well, maybe just us parents care about that) shoes for going back to school. Pediped shoes are perfect for rough and tough little lads, as well as for parents who want to rest assured that the shoes their kids slip their feet into are nothing but the best.

In conjunction with the introduction of new back to school styles, Pediped is accepting enrollment into its annual Schools Program. Pediped Schools is a one-of-a-kind giving campaign where education partners receive 10% of their total combined purchases of Pediped. School officials, leaders of the PTO or PTA along with parents and teachers are encouraged to enroll their community and school at Pediped Schools. Upon enrollment, each school receives a unique code and those who purchase Pediped footwear should enter the code at checkout when shopping online at Pediped or in any Pediped owned boutique. Pediped tracks the purchases registered to each school code to determine the amount of dollars earned. Purchases for the 2015-2016 school year will be tracked now until May 15, 2016.


Flex Mars | Flex Delmar | Flex Jake


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Jessica is a holistic health counselor and work from home mom living in the middle of nowhere USA with her sweet little boy! She suffers from a serious case of compulsive globe-trotting and is always counting the days until her next move or adventure. You can often find her trying to get in her exercise in by lunging through the park while chasing after her very energetic little boy! She is constantly fueled and energized by her love for healthy eating and occasionally copious amounts of caffeine.

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    Leslie Parks


    Love the crazy socks. That seems to be all the rage right now, not only for kids but for adults too. Also, this is a great selection of shoes from casual to more of a dress shoe. Thanks for putting this all together in one big list.

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