Much to my daughters’ delight, metallics and glitter are a hot trend for the back to school season, but with so many options, it can be tough to pick. So we scoured the web for the coolest kicks that will let your little or big girl shine for the entire school year–because these are shoes that are meant to last. Maybe even through a second kid.
As seen on our back to school shopping guide, TOMS glitters are now out, in slip-on styles for big kids and babies, or mary janes for little ones. They come in 6 gorgeous colors, and it’s a sturdy glittery fabric, not sequins, so you’re not going to end up with glitter all over your floor–or bald spots on your kid’s sneakers. ($34 and up) [don’t miss a fun TOMS giveaway and more styles after the jump!]
I can’t take my eye off the gorgeous Umi ballet flat boots, also featured in our back to school shopping guide. I’m a huge fan of the comfort and quality of Umi shoes, which have lasted us through two girls, soon to be three. ($75)
Umi has some cool metallic sneaks too, with their silver sneakers for boys that not only look great now, they’ll keep looking great since they’re machine washable. ($59)
My girls live in the Cienta kids’ shoes, but for the school year, we added their glitter shoes
to the mix. They’re a cool update to the ubiquitous black (or gold or silver or purple) mary janes,
and the glitter fabric means no teeny shiny pieces all over your house. ($32.99 and up at Zappos)
All of my kids have worn See Kai Run shoes, but this season in particular, I’m smitten with the Tanya shoes in silver are a more subtle way to wear metallics. And I love the tiny pink detail on the heel that adds just the right pop of color. ($56)
For your littler students, the Pio Pio Gold shoes with the adorable purple bird detail from Cool Mom Picks fave Livie and Luca are beyond cute. They’re perfect for the first day of preschool! Provided painting doesn’t start until day two. ($49)
I’m completely addicted to Tea Collection clothes and their shoe offerings are no exception. My girls would look so sweet in these pretty Garvalin ballet flats, which just so happen to be on sale. Yes! (On sale for $54.50)
And how perfect are these silver Hunter Wellington boots? And I’m pretty sure no one else in the class will be sporting these on those rainy school days. ($74 at Tada Shop) –Kristen
Update: Congratulations to the winners of our Toms Glitter contest! Janie C, Tracey B, Jennifer M & Arely C each won a pair of Toms Glitter shoes.
EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! We’ve got FOUR pairs of Toms to give away, as seen on the TODAY show. -Silver Slip-ons in Youth 1 (EUR 32) -Silver Slip ons in Youth 2 (EUR 34) -Silver Slip-ons in Youth 3 (EUR 35; Women’s 4) -Red mary janes in Toddler 7.5 Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight PT Tuesday 8.28 with TOMS GLITTER in the subject AND either YOUTH or TODDLER in the subject. (The youth sizes will be distributed at random.) Check our back to school guide and tell us your three favorite items there. We’ll draw 4 winners at at random, US only please. GOOD LUCK!