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Best Kids’ Shoes for Back to School – 2020 Edition

Best Kids’ Shoes for Back to School – 2020 Edition

Jul 15, 2020

The school year may look a little different this fall with social distancing measures, face masks and virtual classrooms, but one thing remains the same: your kids’ need new shoes for back to school.

Whether you’re shopping for a too-cool-for-school sixth-grader, an excited new kindergartener or a first-year preschooler, you can find the back to school shoes they need online or at your local Hibbett | City Gear.

We carry all the latest styles and most popular colorways from Nike, adidas, Jordan, Vans and more in a variety of grade school, preschool and toddler kids’ sizes.

We also make shopping simpler by putting together lineups like this one of all the best back to school shoes for 2020! Check it out:

Old School Cool Converse & Vans

An essential back to school shoe is one that is uncomplicated, goes with everything and doesn’t come with an uber-high price tag.

Converse All Star Chuck Taylor low top and the Vans Ward low top sneakers fit the bill. These silhouettes come in classic black and white colorways (as well as more colorful and patterned versions,) and generally run between $40 and $50.

White-White Air Force 1s and Nike Blazers

Every kid should have a pair of all-white sneakers.

A pair of white shoes may seem boring to a kid, not to mention difficult to keep clean, but Nike Air Force 1s are the OG in white-white kicks, which adds a level of hype to your son’s or daughter’s collection.

Plus, white-white sneakers offer an unmatched level of versatility. Girls can dress them up with a casual dress and scrunchie, or dress them down by pairing them with athletic shorts and a tee. Boys can rock their Air Force 1s with jeans and a collared shirt, or with gym shorts and a team shirt on the playground.

Another reason AF1s are great for back to school: they are moderately priced at about $80.

If your kiddo is interested in something a little more colorful, yet still full of history and underestimated style, the Nike Blazer low top is an excellent alternative. With its roots in basketball, and later skate culture, the Nike Blazer delivers both quality and understated class with its durable leather upper and minimal design flourishes, mainly the singularly colored Nike Swoosh adorning the sneaker’s sides.

Preschool and grade school sizes in the Nike Blazer low top silhouette range from $55 to $65.

Lightning Fast Nike React Prestos & adidas NMDs

What’s the single most important factor for kiddos when choosing an athletic sneaker? How fast it will make them run! What’s more important to parents though is the cost in comparison to how much wear their child will get out of their purchase.

The Nike React Presto boys’ and girls’ running shoe provides the best of both worlds, combining high-quality, durable materials that can withstand day after day of relentless play with performance-enhancing technology and vivid colors kids’ love. Grade school sizes in this particular silhouette start at a reasonable $105 while preschool and smaller sizes range from $65 to $80.

Another sound back to school athletic shoe option is the adidas NMD running shoe. Offered at a starting price point of around $110, adidas NMD’s feature the brands’ signature Boost midsole cushioning and built-tough knit/textile construction materials.

These sneakers are generally released more traditional colorways like black-black, white-white and navy blue, but for kids’ who like to stand out from the crowd, the adidas NDM can be found in such colorways as Star Wars-inspired and patriotic editions, too.

Crazy-Colored Pumas

Characterized by their bold colorblocking, abstract lines and retro running aesthetic, the Puma RS-X sneaker exemplifies the growing “dad shoe” trend youngsters are touting on Tik Tok, Snapchat and Insta.

These clunky, 80’s-inspired runners are thick-soled, and ultra-cushioned, making them great for kids on the go who are tough on their kicks. Vibrant color schemes featuring bright reds, lime greens and highlighter yellow add a little extra pizzaz to your son’s or daughter’s wardrobe. Prices for this silhouette start $70.

Alternatively, the Puma Rider model offers similar colorblocking and colorways in a more streamlined and reserved street-style silhouette. Puma Riders are offered at a slightly lower price point, ranging from $50 to $60 in comparison.

Fan-Favorite Signature Sneaks

Legends like LeBron, Keven Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell have each made major impacts on the game of basketball. Similarly, your kids can make a major impact on the school year in a pair of these players’ signature sneakers!

Crafted with only the best materials and featuring all the latest and most innovative performance tech and these back to school shoes are backed by the best names in the biz.

What’s even better than stepping into the spotlight in shoes hand-crafted for the greatest athletes of all time? Many signature basketball shoes are released in kids-exclusive colorways, bumping their cool (and collectibility) factor up to the next level.

Signature silhouettes vary in price, which means stellar options for shoppers and future All-Stars of all budgets.

Gravity Defying Air Jordans

And finally, our “best shoes for back to school” list can’t be complete without Air Jordan.

Whether shopping for a low top AJ 1, a kids’ Jordan Air Max 200 or a pair of Jordan mids, Hibbett | City Gear’s got the hook up on all the hypest Jordan sneakers of the season.

Boys’ and girls’ Air Jordan kicks launch in a variety of eye-catching and kid-approved colorways, featuring splashes of lime greens, coral, purples and more, and in some of the Jordan collection’s most iconic retro silhouettes. Not only are these shoes the perfect additions to your budding sneakerhead’s or sneakerista’s sneaker collection, but junior Jordans also lend a little heritage to your kids’ closets.

Depending on size (starting with crib booties and toddler sizes) and silhouette, boys’ and girls’ Jordan sneakers range from $45 to upwards of $160 for white-hot releases.


Back to School Shopping With Klarna

Back to school shopping can be stressful and sometimes a strain on your wallet. But it doesn’t have to be anymore!

This back to school season you can buy now and pay later when you shop with Klarna!

When you select Klarna as your payment method at checkout, your Hibbett.com purchase total will be divided up into four interest-free installments to be paid out over time.

The first payment is collected when your order is shipped, and the remaining payments will be collected automatically every two weeks.

For more information about the benefits of buying now and paying later with Klarna, visit our full Klarna information page and FAQs.

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