Updated on September 7, 2017
Back to School with Skechers
Fourteen days. There are just fourteen days before The Heir starts kindergarten. I am pretty excited for this moment and I know The Heir just can’t wait to start school. With the start of kindergarten comes a whole host of things we need to get for The Heir. From notebooks to pencil crayons, felt markers to glue sticks, the list is a mile long! Though I’m not near done with that shopping list, at least The Heir’s feet have everything they need for the upcoming school year! That kindergarten list was mighty particular about what kind of shoes The Heir was going to need for school. In fact, he was going to need two pairs of shoes since one pair was going to remain at school all the time. Skechers to the rescue! Not only does Skechers have great styles that the kids love, but they also have shoes that kids can get on and off themselves (something I’m certain The Heir’s kindergarten teacher will appreciate). Here’s how we’re all getting ready for back to school with Skechers!
Picture this. There are 25 kids in a kindergarten class. They all arrive that first day with their indoor shoes for school, but there’s one problem… Every child has arrived with lace up shoes, but only three of those kids know how to tie their own shoes. How long do you think it will take that nice kindergarten teacher to get the shoes tied on 22 excited and nervous five year olds? Too long! In an effort to not be that parent, I’ve opted for Skechers with a velcro closure for The Heir. For his indoor shoes, The Heir has Skechers Nitrate Ion Blast running shoes. These runners are perfect for kindergarten. I know they’ll be doing some gym time, so a runner will be the most versatile shoe for him to take from classroom activities to the gymnasium. These shoes are super lightweight, and have a stretch lace closure with a velcro strap. The Heir has been putting these on and taking them off all by himself at home, so I know he’ll be able to do it at school too. Inside, the Nitrate Ion Blast shoes have a gel infused memory foam cushioned comfort insole. In other words, they’re like walking on a squooshy cloud. Though these shoes are a medium width, I do find them more on the narrow side. This isn’t an issue for The Heir as he has pretty narrow feet anyway. As an added bonus, this style comes in full and half sizes. The Heir could wear a size 11, but they’d likely be outgrown in just a couple of months. I ordered an 11.5 for him and they fit great with room to grow!
For his “outdoor” shoes, The Heir picked something a little more casual and cool. The Skechers Adapters Metro Way are the ones The Heir liked best. Though these are the shoes he’ll wear outside for recess, these are also the shoes he’ll be bringing home every day. For that reason, a shoe with a fairly versatile style is ideal. I’d call these a skate shoe, but that could just be my 90s showing. The Adapters Metro Way shoes aren’t quite as lightweight as the Nitrate Ion Blast runners, but I wouldn’t call them a heavy shoe by any stretch. The Adapters Metro Way are made with a suede upper with mesh accents around the heel. With a stretch lace closure and a velcro strap, The Heir has no trouble getting these shoes on and off all by himself. I love the bold colours that are on the sole of these shoes, and The Heir tells me these shoes are “awesome”. That’s a win! This style is available in full and half sizes, and they fit true to size. They are a medium width, and I’d say that’s spot on for the fit of these shoes.
Although The Heir is the only one starting school this September, it’s a fresh start for Petit Prince and I too! Though I hate to admit it, over the last two years I haven’t had much opportunity to do scheduled activities with Petit Prince. I did way more with The Heir when he was under two. A lot of this has to do with not being able to bring a preschooler with me to parented activities with Petit Prince (there was no way The Heir would have sat on the bench on the side of the pool if I did swimming lessons with Petit Prince). Unfortunately, The Heir’s preschool schedule didn’t line up well for the sports and library classes I had hoped to do with Petit Prince. This fall will be different! The Heir’s kindergarten is FULL DAY and five days a week. I know, right? That means I have an entire week of time to fill with just Petit Prince and I! To make sure Petit Prince was ready, he needed a pair of running shoes! I ordered him the Skechers Skech-Trax. For starters, oh my goodness, toddler runners are adorable! These Skech-Trax are more than just cute shoes though, these are great for little feet. Skech-Trax have a suede and mesh upper, and a stretch lace and velcro strap closure. With an always on the go toddler, a shoe that I can get on his feet easily with minimal fuss is a must. With the stretch lace, these runners open right up making it easy to get that thick little toddler foot into the shoe. Petit Prince loves these shoes. He grabs them from the front door and brings them to me all the time. They must be pretty comfy! Skech-Trax are super lightweight with a flexible shock absorbing midsole and a cushioned comfort insole perfect for toddler feet. Skech-Trax are available in full sizes only (toddler sizes), and are a medium width that fit true to size.
The kids aren’t the only ones having fun with new footwear for fall! I decided to branch out and get some shoes that are totally out of my normal style comfort zone. Because, why not? I’ve got kindergarten drop off and pick up, and all kinds of indoor and outdoor activities planned for Petit Prince and I. I wanted shoes that were comfortable, practical, but also popped in a way my other shoes just don’t. Skechers Moda Nebulae in charcoal were my pick. Yes, there are stars on my shoes. Yes, they’re silver metallic. Yes, they’re awesome. The Moda Nebulae shoes are a casual lace up sneaker. They have a soft suede upper, metallic star print, and a memory foam cushioned comfort insole. These shoes are perfect with jeans or leggings (aka my mom uniform), so I am going to be getting a ton of wear out of these. I’m so glad I branched out into a style I wouldn’t normally have gone for. There’s nothing like smiling every time you see shiny stars on your feet.
If you’re looking for school shoes for your little ones, or maybe you’re looking for a new pair for yourself, Skechers has a shoe that’s sure to be just what you’re after! Check out the full line up of Skechers available on their website, and if you’re in the US, you can shop direct from Skechers. In Canada, you can shop Skechers on Amazon via my affiliate link. Shop Skechers in Canada here.
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