It's officially back to school for all of Florida as of today. That means it's back to shopping for all the supplies on your school supply shopping lists. Back to finding lost book bags and packing healthy lunches. Back to mornings full of ensuring everyone is up and dressed in time to leave the house.
Back to school also means new clothes and new shoes. While we can’t give you recommendations for new clothes, we do have opinions on new shoes. New shoes aren’t just for students either. Teachers spend a lot of time on their feet. They can wear out shoes just as quickly as a child and may need new ones for the new school year. Children starting or continuing sports will also need new shoes. We might be known as just an orthopedic shoe store to some, but we have plenty of school-appropriate shoes to choose from. Need any ideas for new shoes for back to school? We’ve got you covered.
Durable shoes for playing hard
The kids who are arguably the hardest on their shoes are elementary students in kindergarten to the 5th grade. Children at this age, especially on the younger side, play very hard. They love to chase each other during tag, climb the highest trees and jump in the dirtiest puddles. Buying them new shoes every time they tear them up isn't feasible.
What they need are shoes that can keep up with their level of play. Luckily we have shoes that are durable and easy to clean. You may need to get them new shoes next year as their feet grow but at least they'll last through the end of the school year.
Premium water-friendly leather uppers and leather footbeds.
Flexible, Slip-Resistant Rubber Outsole – Provides maximum flexibility, shock absorption, stability, and slip-resistance for safety and comfort.
Hook-and-loop closure (ankle strap).
Buckle closure (lower strap).
Machine Washable – Machine wash COLD; Remove insole and AIR dry (NO dryer use).
Ultra lightweight - Provides exceptional comfort and functionality for kids.
Antibacterial Insole – Infused with natural Green Tea extract (no chemicals) to kill odor-causing germs.
Pedorthist Friendly - With its removable insole, long counters, and child-specific patterns, Tsukihoshi has become a favorite for Pedorthists looking to make modifications to accommodate customized orthotics and/or AFOs.
Barefoot Comfort – Wide toe boxes allow the natural splaying of toes for balanced landing and maximum comfort.
Heel Stabilizer – Long heel counter provides optimum stability.
Easy On & Off – Single strap 'hook and loop closure and elastic faux-laces for superb fitting.
Arch Support – Shoe last and insole designed to provide proper arch support for growing kids.
Breathable textile lining and cushioned footbed for active comfort.
EVA/TPR outsole – Ultra-lightweight, provides excellent flexibility, abrasive resistance, shock absorption, stability, and slip-resistance for safety and comfort.
Run that extra mile in the right shoes
Back to school for some children means extracurricular activities like gym class and team sports. Most schools require children to have a gym class until somewhere around 10th grade. While a lot of us may have disliked gym classes growing up, it does serve an important purpose, especially for younger children. Times like recess or gym classes give the minds of younger children a break which helps them to retain information. For older children, it educates them on how their bodies move and work. As adults, wouldn't you love a little bit of playtime during your day?
Of course, a necessity for gym class or any kind of sports is a good pair of shoes. We may not have shoes for football or basketball, but our running shoes are great for other things. If your kids want to join the track and field team or just have a gym class for 3rd period, then we can help with that. Running shoes are their main accessories and we have some good fits.
New Balance 990
12 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 12 mm drop are approximate
Blown rubber outsole
ENCAP® midsole technology provides support and maximum durability
Manufactured in the US for over 75 years and representing a limited portion of our US sales. New Balance Made is a premium collection that contains a domestic value of 70% or greater.
Dual Density Collar Foam
ENCAP PU Ring with EVA Cork
Vionic Alaina Slip On
Upper: Lightweight, flexible textile/PU
Footbed: Removable textile
Outsole: Durable rubber for buoyant movement.
Teachers deserve good shoes too
Finally the MVPs of any school, the teachers. Teachers have dedicated their lives to educating children. They spend their days walking around classrooms teaching, patrolling hallways and ensuring our children stay safe while they learn. Being a teacher means you're up on your feet most of the day and that can lead to foot pain.
So for teachers, your feet need supportive shoes. Supportive shoes will give your feet the cushion and arch support they need to make sure every child's learning needs are met. That doesn't mean they can't have some style to them as well.
Sketchers go walk
WALKING IS A SPORT™. Upgrade your walks with the latest in comfort technology wearing Skechers GO WALK Workout Walker™ - Outpace. This lace-up features a carbon-infused design in an engineered athletic mesh and synthetic upper with a removable Skechers Arch Fit® insole, Hyper Burst® cushioning, and a Goodyear® Performance Outsole.
Patented Skechers Arch Fit® insole system with podiatrist-certified arch support
Podiatrist-designed shape developed with 20 years of data and 120,000 unweighted foot scans
HYPER BURST® cushioning midsole offers a highly responsive and ultra-lightweight experience. This innovative resilient foam is created using a 'Super Critical®' process with spherically-shaped cells compressed into the midsole.
HYPER ARC™ adapts to your stride to promote a smoother transition for a more efficient walk
Carbon Infused Pebax material
Leather and soft textile linings for all-day comfort
Removable, molded EVA footbed with optimal arch support and cushioning
Integrated insole with tuck board and shank for stability and support
Rubber outsole for long-lasting wear
Heel height 1 ½"
Going back to school can be a stressful time. Making sure your kids have everything they need for the school year takes a toll. We can't shop for school supplies or get them to school on time but we can make sure the shoes they wear are comfortable, cute and effective. We're open on Saturdays for your convenience so you can bring your kids in and make sure their shoes are just right.