Thankfully shoes are about the only Back to School shopping we have to do since we wear summer clothes until nearly October here. (Then all the fall stuff is marked down and I score some great deals.)
My shoe buying tips, for boys:
I have learned that spending the money for really quality shoes saves you money in the long run. Cheap shoes just don't last. If I buy a good brand they will last all school year with little to no wear or tear.
Also, I believe that it is best to get your boys at least two pairs of tennis shoes for school. It is handy to have a back up when one pair was used for mud puddles, left overnight by the trampoline, or cannot-be-found-for-the-life-of-me-even-though-we-turned-the-house-upside-down.
My favorite quality shoe brands are Geox and Merrell.
Geox are pricey - $60-$70 dollars. Merrel shoes are more in the $50 range. Nordstroms will normally have them both marked down for their Anniversary Sale (which just ended, sorry.) Marshalls is a great place to look. They have really quality children's shoes for great prices.
The brown Merrell shoes in the above picture are the Moab Ventilator. I have bought these every year for the last 4 years and are my favorite shoes hands down. Not even H can thrash these shoes after a year of wearing them nearly every day.
This year he has decided he wants them in charcoal.
Absolutely the best looking best shoe on the market. Please note how I refrain from calling them cute or adorable since they are for my son. My oldest son (soccer player extraordinaire) loves them, as do I. I just got these from Nordstroms (at the Anniversary sale, they were 30% off.)
This weekend, I found these great back-up shoes for H on clearance at Target.