It’s almost time to head back to school, which introduces an age-old conundrum: what do I wear on my feet!? One option is to wear your tried-and-true pair of kicks from last year. There’s nothing better than a well-worn in sneaker that shows signs of having been lived in. But, if you’re looking to reinvent yourself and start the new school year off on a new foot, what better way to do that than with a new sneaker attached to said foot?
No matter what lunch table you sit at, we have you covered with our fave back-to-school sneaker picks.
Forever Classic and Cool: Nike Air Force 1
Simple. Cool. Timeless. You can’t go wrong showing up to the first day of school with a new pair of Air Force 1s and a crisp white pair of socks. If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can customize the shoe’s colorways to suit your personality. But then again, a white sneaker goes with everything.
Eco-Club President: Reebok’s Cotton and Corn Shoe
It’s official: July was confirmed as the hottest month on record. As the climate is reaching record highs, it’s time to start taking serious action to fight against the climate change crisis. As we know, the fast fashion industry often has negative environmental effects. Reebok’s cotton and corn shoe, now available in green, pink, and blue, introduces a more eco-friendly option you can feel good about. Pair these kicks with Greta Thunberg's latest book, “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.”
Most Likely to Stick out in a Crowd: Adidas Yung-1 Lucky Cloud
Adidas has yet to release this limited-edition sneaker in the USA, which means the only way to get it is to order it from overseas. This may sound like a hassle, but hear us out: you’ll be the only one on the first day of school with these kicks. The sneakers are a dreamlike iteration of the Yung-1 silhouette, featuring cloud embroidery and red and blue colorways. Yes, you’ll probably get hit with a shipping charge, but it will be worth it when no one else has the same shoes as you. When people ask where to get them, you can just smile mysteriously and shrug.
Horse Girl Energy: Acne Studio’s Technical Sneakers
This sneaker, masquerading as a hiking boot, is the footwear equivalent of a fleece pullover (one of the most prominent fashion trends we saw at Fall/Winter fashion week). Likewise, we predict the hiking boot-esque sneaker will be one of the most popular shoe trends of the season. Wear this Acne creation to tell your class: I spent the summer taking care of horses, wearing fleece, and reading Huckleberry Fin.
Most Likely to Succeed: Play Converse High Tops
Another shoe you can’t go wrong with: Converse high tops. The Commes Des Garcons x Converse collab is a collab done right, elevating the classic shoe with the signature CDG flair. While the saying goes: wear your heart on your sleeve, we say: why not wear your heart on your foot? The CDG x Converse sneakers often sell out, but you can still get your hands on them at select retailers, such as Dover Street Market and SSENSE. Wear these, and you’ll for sure be voted most likely to succeed.
Drama Club Drop-Out: Vans All Over Checkerboard Old School
These shoes scream: I started a band in my garage over the summer. If you’re returning to school a little edgier, a little angstier, these shoes will project your inner-feelings to your cohort. They’re also really really cool. Style with a pair of black jeans and a white tee for maximum effect.
For the Jock With the Heart of Gold: Feiyue Fe Lo Classic White
The slender silhouette of Feiyue sneakers has been making waves lately. The shoe was originally worn by Shaolin monks, but has seen a resurgence in China as gen Z’s heritage brand of choice. The sneaker, originally used in martial arts, is simple, sporty, lightweight, and affordable. The perfect kick to wear straight from practice to homeroom. You can purchase the sneakers at Madewell, Urbanoutfitters.com, or Feiyue-shoes.com.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue