14 Crazy-Cute Back to School Shoes for Kids (Retail Therapy for All!)

Step into fall with these adorable (and, affordable) back to school kicks for kids.

Fall’s around the bend, school is starting and we're going to bet your kid needs back to school shoes. If you're not ready for summer to end (really, who is), take a break from the summer reading with some retail therapy. These smart, yet casual options work in the classroom and on the playground, too.

Kick It

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The Children's Place

Little dudes will love these laidback, just-like-dad’s mid-tops. Super soft suede is everyday comfy, and they’ve even got an extra pair of dressy laces for special occasions. ($25 at The Children’s Place)

R U Kedding Me?

R U Kedding Me?: back to school shoes

Crazy 8

Someone threw your girl’s go-to keds into the lilac and rainbow spinner and we’re loving it. Best part: those laces are just kidding, these kicks are slip-on! ($15 at Crazy 8)

Word, Bird

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Livie and Luca

These Mary Jane’s are golden (and turquoise)! Breathable, super soft leather on the inside, cushioned around the edges, and an easy Velcro close = the perfect everyday shoe. ($59 at Livie and Luca)

Best of Both Worlds

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Livie and Luca

A little moccasin, a little sneaker, and a lot of quality suede makes one cozy shoe. They look fancy, but rubber soles and Velcro closures are just as good for playing ball at recess. ($59 at Livie and Luca)

24K Kicks

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The boat shoe has gone glam fabulous and we think we hear a princess squealing. It’s got all the Sperry basics -- rubber sole, durable lining -- with a healthy dose of gold sequins and pink laces on top. Heart! ($42 at Piperlime)

Pink and Practical

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The North Face

When The North Face makes Mary Jane’s you can bet they pack a punch. This sporty version has a breathable mesh lining, a strap that stays put, and bouncy soles. ($55 at The North Face)

Shoe In

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Two touch-close straps keep these keds on, and their canvas uppers keep little feet looking and feeling cool. Win! ($18 at Gymboree)

Favorite Jeans

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Children's Place

Denim flats -- how cool! Thanks to the bow and dark color, they can dress any outfit up or down, and are still good for hopscotch with resin rubber soles. ($20 at The Children’s Place)

Hot Steal

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We’re pretty sure Barbie’s shoes cost more than these cute, hot pink keds. What with the cushioned insoles, easy Velcro straps, and laughable price tag, grab them in baby blue while you’re at it. ($13 at Target)

Flat Out Love

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What’s not to “heart” about a pair of heart-adorned, polka-dotted, almost-all-cotton flats? Nothing, we tell you! ($27 at Gap)

Darling Diva

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Queen bees belong in glossy patent with shiny gold buttons, and these hi-top booties totally deliver. Plus, a side zipper makes it easy to tuck in jeans in case of weather too inclement for dressier outfits. ($37 at Gap)

Sweet Sneaks

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Rad dudes will dig the leather and faux-suede details on these very cool sneakers. And if those rad dudes still can’t tie laces, that’s no problem -- these strap in! ($23 at Gap)

Smart Soles

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Tiny Soles

We love an eco-friendly shoe, especially when it’s tweed and bright orange all over, too. A hook-and-loop strap is easy enough for tiny fingers to figure out and the durable rubber sole stays sturdy under shakier runners. ($40 at Tiny Soles)

Wild One

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Sperry Topsider

It might have the soul of a boat shoe, but it’s green leopard and hot pink on the outside, and that pretty much says it all. Looks killer with a pair of jeans! ($55 at Sperry Topsider)

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