You know you’re a Gen X parent when Back to School conjures images of Trapper Keepers, scented erasers and shiny new Mary Janes (the shoes, people). But as a parent, we’re thinking useful; the backpack that won’t fall apart, packing of the lunches day after day and the – ugh! – getting up early. These uniquely LA ideas make going back to school that much more fun.

Shoes That Are Almost Too Cool for School

The brainchild of LA-based designer Matthew George and his wife Ashleigh Dempster, Akid Shoes are so well made and soft and comfy and just all around cool, you’ll wish you could order them in your size. But seeing them on your kids is the next best thing. The shoes are unisex and sturdy and supportive enough for your kids to wear all day long and even pass down to younger siblings. The ones pictured above are our faves from the current line – the Knight shoe is shown in camo black (though we dig the camo pink even more).

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What are your secrets for making it easier to head back to school?  Meet you in the comment section to find out!