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The 6 Boys’ and Girls’ Shoes Every Kid’s Closet Should Have

The 6 Boys’ and Girls’ Shoes Every Kid’s Closet Should Have

Mar 27, 2020

Maybe your son hit a growth spurt over Spring Break, or your soon-to-be-third grader has decided she needs an entirely new wardrobe for summer vacation. Perhaps your chubby little cherub’s crib booties have gotten too tight.

No matter your reason for shopping, one thing is clear: your kiddos need new shoes. The question is, what how many pairs and what types of shoes do they need?

There are six styles of boys’ and girls’ shoes every kid’s closet should be stocked with, and you can find them all at Hibbett | City Gear!

A School Shoe

No closet is complete without a pair of sneakers your kids can wear in the classroom, at daycare, or on field trips to the science center or children’s museum.

The white Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star low top kids’ shoe offers both style and versatility with its fresh white, cotton canvas upper and durable rubber sole, toe cap, and toe bumper.

Available in toddler kids’ to grade school kids’ sizes, these Chucks are easy to clean and can be paired with virtually any outfit, whether its a pair of jeans and a school spirit tee or tiny overalls for little man’s first picture day.

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Low "White" Grade School Kids' Casual Shoe

One of the Air Max line’s most popular silhouettes of all time, the Air Max 90 features fun pops of color like Volt green, Rose pink, and Hyper Turquoise for kiddos with a little more sass in their steps, making it another great shoe school.

Max Air cushioning provides cloud-like comfort perfect for all-day wear, and their leather/synthetic leather uppers are built tough to withstand whatever the school year throws at them.

An Athletic Shoe

Whether your first grader is trekking through the backyard on a storybook adventure or your PreK princess is chasing the family dog, their school shoes need not be sacrificed in the name of play. That’s why all kids should own a solid pair of athletic shoes, like Nike’s Air Max 270 or adidas’ NMD_R1 V2 sneakers.

The Air Max 270’s webbed lacing system promises a secure fit on little feet, and lightweight construction materials ensure nothing can slow your Indiana Jones Jr. down. The Air Max 270 also features responsive Air Max cushioning that bounces back as quickly as kids do and an ultra-durable upper designed to embrace every scuff mark, puddle, and step your child takes.

Also geared for the kids’ on the go, the adidas NMD_R1 V2 athletic shoe helps kids hit the ground running with its lightweight mesh upper and Boost midsole cushioning. The sneakers’ futuristic aesthetic begs budding astronauts to blast off into their next out-of-this-world game of tag while a reinforced lace closure keeps them grounded.

A Slip-On Shoe

Sometimes little piggies get tired of going to the market, and they just want to be free! Slip-on shoes like adidas Adilette and Nike Kawa slides offer the perfect reprieve from sock jail.

Not only are these kids’ shoes great for hot summer days at the splash pad, but they’re also ideal for get-ready-quick mornings and “dress yourself” days.

Headed to the pool for the day? Pair your sweet little swimmer’s ruffle-bottomed bathing suit with some pink “Melted Crayon” girls’ Kawa slides.

Dashing to the store for some arts and craft supplies? Have Junior slip into his classic black and white Adilette slides and get going!

Is your threenager unimpressed with the 30 outfits you’ve tried to put her in for the day? Slip-on shoes go great with tutus, too.

A Casual Shoe

Weekend lunch at Grandma’s house can be a sticky sneaker situation if your kids’ closets aren’t equipped with a versatile casual shoe.

Little sister’s Sunday school shoes aren’t exactly made for running around in Nana’s garden, but she can’t necessarily wear her athletic sneakers to church.

adidas Superstar Grade School Kids' Shoes

And you wouldn’t want big brother’s school shoes to get scuffed up while he wrestled with his cousins, but slides don’t really go with dress clothes.

Casual sneakers like the timeless Nike Air Force 1 and adidas Originals Superstar present the perfect combination of class and cool, which allows them to pair well with your children’s Sunday best and their afternoon attire.

Available in full family sizing, the Nike Air Force 1 all-white sneaker is a true classic. Since its release in 1982, the sneaker’s crisp leather upper, thick soles and trademark Air technology has become synonymous with all things cool.

Also offered in sizes toddler to adult, the adidas Originals Superstar shines as the perfect casual shoe for its iconic black and white Three Stripes, durability and effortless style.

A High Top Shoe

For a little bit of variety, it’s great to keep a pair of high top sneakers in your kids’ closets, too. These kicks are a great alternative to your kiddos’ favorite casual shoes and school shoes for how easily they can be dressed up for family portraits or dressed down for shooting free-throws in the driveway.

Nike Kyrie 6 "Oracle Aqua/Black/Opti Yellow" Grade School Kids' Basketball Shoe

Pint-sized, preschool and pre-teen ballers alike can “reign” threes like King James when they jump into a pair of premium ride Nike LeBron 17s for a neighborhood game of H.O.R.S.E. Or they can let their talents run wild in a pair of Kyrie 6s, built with traction in mind for the quickest footed kids.

For occasions that call for a more polished appearance, Air Jordan 1 mids are choice with their high-end Nubuck leather uppers, powerful color blocking and the Michael Jordan touch of class.

A Sports Shoe

Finally, every kid that plays sports should have the best performance footwear at his or her toe tips. From baseball to soccer, make sure your future All-Stars and All American players have a pair of these game-changing sports shoes in their equipment closets.

Nike Force Trout 6 Pro MCS "Black/White" Grade School Kids' Baseball Cleat
  • Baseball Cleats: Whether he’s a first baseman or an outfielder, have your Little Leaguer pop on a pair of the Nike Force Trout 6 cleats!
  • Softball Cleats: Your kid can own the diamond in a pair of all-white Nike Hyperdiamond 3 softball shoes, available in preschool and grade school girls’ sizes.
  • Football Cleats: Help him show off his fierce side with Nike’s Alpha Menace Shark 2 cleats. Nike FastFlex technology and abrasion-resistant molding make for nimble on-the-field movement. In addition to preK sizes, the cleats come in regular and wide grade school widths.
  • Soccer Cleats: Soccer turf meets its match against the adidas Nemeziz 19.4 FxG grade school cleats.

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