I feel like I’ve seen a lot of the same-old sneaker trends recently — floral sneakers and metallic sneakers are still going strong. And we love them!  But this year, when we all started to see lots of tie-dye sneakers for our older kids, we got kind of excited. The styles range from colorful and bright to tone-on-tone, and they’re such a fun way for kids to express their personalities this fall. At least from the ankles down.

Here are some favorite tie-dye sneakers for back-to-school this year to help give our kids one more reason to get up and dressed each weekday morning. We can use all the help we can get!

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Updated for 2023


Tie-Dye Sneakers: Low-top converse in bright colors

These tie-dye Converse low tops are a fun twist on a classic look. The bright colors are on trend for tie-dye sneakers, while all Converse sneakers make for an easy, comfortable style for school.

Nike Jordan Retro 1 High Top Sneakers in tie-dye are awesome!

Up for a splurge? You have to see the awesome Nike Jordan 1 Retro High-Top in tie-dyed leather at StockX — can we say rad? Are we still saying that? Well, they’re rad. So there.

Vans Sk8-Hi Tapered VR3 High Top in Tie-Dye

These tie-dyed Vans Sk8-Hi Tapered VR3 High-Top are a great way to stay on-trend with a more neutral palette. I love the denim look, and they’ll go with most everything in your teen’s closet. Hey, you can even steal them in your size — Superga sneakers are so stylish for adults too.

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Spanish brand Childrenchic makes these cool tie-dye double strap sneakers for toddlers through big kids size 4

And if you like this look but are shopping for younger kids, check out the beautiful, Spanish-made tie-dye double Velcro-strap sneaker from Childrenchic, which is sized from early walkers to toddlers up through a child’s size 4.

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Tie-Dye Sneakers: Pastel slip-ons from Kids

I tend to think of tie-dye as showcasing bright colors, but these Keds triple-kick tie-dye sneakers (three different colors available) are on trend in a dreamy, watercolor pastel palette that works nicely for fall. These will look fantastic with boot-cut black jeans, a classic Levi’s denim trucker jacket (the 90’s are back!) or brightly colored sweaters to pick up the yellow and orange.


Tie Dye Sneakers: Bright rainbow colors from Nike

If you’re looking for bold, unapologetically stand-out shoes, these Nike Tanjun tie-dye sneakers are the ones for your kid this school year. Even my more fashion-conservative kids are loving these kicks. Note: if they’re sold out, check out the Nike Flow sneaker for younger kids.

Tie-dye inspired Nike Sabrina 1 Spark Basketball Shoes

While not technically tie-dye, we love the extremely funky Nike Sabrina 1 Spark Basketball Shoes, which blends colors beautifully and gives you that same multi-colored spirit of tie-dyed sneakers in a whole new 2023 look.