The Best Back-to-School Shoe Guide for 2020

The best shoes and deals of 2020

Evan M. 08/05/20 (PDT)

School this year will be challenging and uncertain no doubt. And while classroom time might cease, kids generally don’t stop growing, so regardless whether your kid is heading back to the classroom or learning from home, a new pair of shoes will probably still be in order.

Here’s our guide to the best back to school shoes for the 2020 year, along with some amazing places you can grab some coupons and unique offers.

nike air jordan renegade running shoe

Nike Air Jordan Zoom Renegade

Finish Line

A men’s performance shoe that’s perfect for the more athletic types. It’s great for running, training, or just playing.

Price: $130

Type: Lightweight running shoe

Colors/Styles: 1

Sizes: M/7 – M/18


nike air max women's running shoe

Nike Air Max 90 Women's Running Shoe


An everyday women’s sneaker that’s been updated with new styles for 2020. Vibrant, comfortable, and stylish, the Air Max 90 is a shoe that will be enjoyed throughout the entire school year.

Price: $120

Type: Sneaker

Colors/Styles: 11

Sizes: W/5 – W/12


adidas nmd r1 black shoe

NMD R1 Shoe


One of adidas’ best overall shoe, this model is noted for being both lightweight and extremely breathable. It comes in 9 different styles in both men and women sizes.

Price: $120

Type: Sneaker

Colors/Styles: 9

Sizes: M/4- M/14 W5 - W15


puma suede classic plus sneaker

Suede Classic+ Sneaker


A shoe with some swagger. It can be used on the street or on the court. As such, it’s one of Puma’s most iconic sneakers.

Price: $65

Type: Sneaker

Colors/Styles: 5

Sizes: Unisex 4 - 14


Chuck Taylor All Star


Converse has a lot of iconic shoes, and the Chuck Taylor is certainly one of them. It's a highly popular shoe thanks to its simplicity, abundance of color and size options, and its great price point. As such, it's also one of our top picks too. 

Price: $50

Type: Sneaker

Colors/Styles: 13

Sizes: M/3 – M/13 W5 - 15


new balance tennis shoe for kids 680v6


New Balance

You can’t go wrong with a simple tennis shoe. New Balance certainly has a few models that fits this bill, but the 680v6 comes in standard, wide and x-wide sizes too, making finding the right size a bit more of a breeze.

Price: $49.99

Type: Tennis shoe

Colors/Styles: 4

Sizes: Unisex 1 – 7 & 10.5 – 13.5


reebok classic leather men's shoe white leather

Classic Leather Men’s Shoe


Reebok has designed an everyday shoe that’s geared towards comfort and reliability. The leather is especially durable, but also offered at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

Price: $75

Type: Sneaker

Colors/Styles: 4

Sizes: Unisex 3.5 – 15

Girls nike flex runner shoe pink

Girls Nike Flex Runner

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Nike designed this girls shoe with little runners in mind. It comes in smaller sizes than many of its other models, but it still hits all of the marks that make a running shoe great.

Price: $60

Type: Running Shoe

Colors/Styles: 3

Sizes: W 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 11, 12, 13


vans old skool big kids skate shoe checkered design

Vans Old Skool (Big Kids)


Vans is the go-to brand for that classic flat foot/skate shoe look. The Old Skool does a great job of continuing that tradition. The “Big Kids” edition is aimed at kids, so the sizes are a bit more limited than other styles.

Price: $60

Type: Skate shoe

Colors/Styles: 1

Sizes: Unisex 3.5 – 7


under armour assert 8 crystal lilac style

Girls UA Assert 8 Frosty

Under Armour

A cushy running shoe/sneaker that is great to wear everyday of the school year. There are actually quite a few styles of Under Armour’s Assert 8 line, but the “Crystal Lilac” variant shown above is certainly one-of-a-kind.

Price: $45.99

Type: Running Shoe

Colors/Styles: 1

Sizes: W 3.5 - 7


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