Let your little one slip into something easy and stylish this back-to-school season. These lace-free options give even the smallest pre-schooler the independence to get ready on their own. Which means less work for you! From light-up sneaks to artist-curated kicks, these 13 options will bring a smile to both child and parent.
Rothy's x Pete Oswald
If your child is a fan of Angry Birds or the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, then this new Rothy's collaboration with Pete Oswald is sure to be a hit. These fun slides come with cute names such as Go Chase, Snack Attack, Bath Time, and Flock Together. Several of the styles feature different designs for the left and right shoe, making it easier for children to put them on the right feet without supervision and without asking, "Is this the right foot?" a million times!
Available at rothys.com, $55
PLAE Max High-Top Sneaker
PLAE doesn't do "boy" or "girl" shoes. Their styles are unisex and definitely will appeal to both. Their high-top Max features PLAE’s one-of-a-kind interchangeable tabs (straps) allowing kids to customize the fit and style of their shoes. It comes in several new colors for Fall, including Imperial Garnet, Flux Emerald, and Fluorite. PLAE also offers a Growth Spurt Guarantee on shoes purchased on its website. If your child's foot suddenly grows, take 50% off shoes of the same style and color in the next size up within 30 days from receipt of your shoes.
Available plae.co, $59.95-$64.95
BOBS x Warner Bros. Collection from Skechers
Ruh-roh! These new BOBS x Warner Bros. Collection from Skechers featuring Scooby and other Warner Bros' cartoon favorites are so cute, you'll want them all! Just in time to celebrate Scooby's 50th birthday, these new prints feature Scooby, shrewd Droopy Dog, streetwise con Top Cat, and sweet Southern Huckleberry Hound. With each purchase of BOBs from Skechers sold at Petco stores, Petco.com, Skechers stores, and other national retail stores and online shopping sites in the U.S., Skechers will donate twenty-five cents to the Petco Foundation to help animals across the country. Plus, they feature the ultimate comfort with Memory Foam insoles. Feel good and look good with these!
Available at skechers.com, $45-$47
The Miles from Native
Native's new Miles is a play on their classic Jefferson shoe but comes with retroreflective spray in select areas on the shoe that's perfect for low-light conditions. It's got a wider fit than the Jefferson but still has a quick slip-on, slip-off feature that both parents and kids love.
Available at native.com, $45.
Blowfish Malibu Pava-K
Who says boots have to be all work and no play? These Pava-K booties from Blowfish Malibu feature a durable rubber sole, easy zipper closure and come in a multitude of colors such as rose gold, steel grey gaucho and solid black two-tone flannel. With these on their little feet, kids are sure to keep their toes warm, comfy, and ready for anything.
Available at zappos.com, $39.99
Nickelodeon x Super Heroic TMBLR v2.0
Double dare you not to fall in love with these slime-tastic new shoes from Nickelodeon x Super Heroic. First off, the TMBLR v2.0 Nickelodeon sneaker is a limited edition created exclusively for SlimFest 2019, which instantly make them cool. Secondly, they're made with firmer materials and a softer heel cushion, so feet are better protected. Plus, they come in Slime Green and Slime Pink so boys and girls will both be ready to get slimed.
Available at superheroic.com, $69
Sanuk Lil Walker
These new Sanuk shoes will take your child from the beach to the playground and even to school. Lil Walkers are cute, comfortable, waterproof, and washable! They're constructed with a zero-waste, one-piece mold process to help lessen their tiny carbon footprints. Available in colors for both boys and girls, including Alaska Blue, Lavender/Cactus Flower and more.
Available at sanuk.com, $36
Vans x Shark Week Collection
Da-Dum ... Da-Dum ... Da-Dum-Da-Dum-Da-Dum. Just in time for Shark Week, the new Vans x Shark Collection features several pairs of lace-free shoes, including Vans' classic slip-on and cool velcro kicks that feature sturdy canvas and suede uppers, and re-enforced toecaps to withstand repeated use. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Oceana, a charitable organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale, and Discovery’s charitable partner.
Available at vans.com, $28-$75
Stylish, durable, and affordable, Oomphies comes in loads of colors and styles for both boys and girls. Created in 2014, Oomphies aren't just slip-on shoes, they are made to stand up to even the toughest child and their adventures. The new Robin styles for boys include a fun corduroy material that's perfect for Fall and features a rubber sole. The red Paisley for girls adds just the perfect pop of color to cheer up any gray Fall days.
Available at oomphies.net, $25 and under
Saucony Flash Glow Sneakers
A longtime kid favorite, Saucony's new Flash Glow sneakers feature an alternative closure for easy on/off, an anti-microbial lining to help ward off odors, and a lightweight yet durable rubber sole. Did we mention that this is Saucony's first LIGHT UP sneaker? There's even an on and off button to control the lights. It comes in several colors for boys and girls, including purple/silver, blue/orange, and. more. Smart and stylish!
Available at saucony.com, $55
Keds Kickstart Messenger Sneaker
These classic Keds get an update for today's modern girls. The new Kickstart Messenger is detailed with artistic and inspiring messages and fitted with a GRL PWR memory foam footbed. With these on, your superstar will never lose sight of her bright potential. Plus, the barrel laces make for easier on and off, which means she has more time to take over the world.
Available at Keds.com, $34.95
Vivobarefoot Primus School
All Vivobarefoot shoes feature patented, puncture-resistant soles that keep little feet safe, while being extremely durable. The Primus School Junior is just as durable, while the leather material adds a bit of sophistication. Additionally, the non-stretchy laces will keep little feet safe and secure. The sleek classic design is are ideal for boys or girls.
Available at Vivobarefoot.com, $90
POP St. Laurent EZ Dots
Add a pop of color and fun to your child's fall wardrobe with the new POP St. Laurent EZ Dots. They have the classic LED light-up sole, with an "on" button and micro USB port for recharging. These super cool shoes are made entirely of vegan materials! The velcro closure means even the littlest of fingers can get these on and off. Available in pink and silver.
Available at mypopshoes.com, $108
Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.
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