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Back-to-school season is here — time to shop for new shoes! We’re still a little hesitant to retire our summer slides and travel-ready footwear, but we’re equally as excited to introduce some chic boots and fall neutrals into the mix! Keep scrolling for the back-to-school shoe staples we’re shopping for at the moment.
1. Talbots, Penelope Knit Ballet Flat, $119
If you add any style to your back-to-school shoe staples wishlist, let the pattern be leopard. This knit style is amazingly versatile and can be worn with anything in your fall closet.
2. Shopbop, Simon Miller Low Raid Boot, $590
There are basic black boots for fall, and then there are *these.* The super smooth, buttery leather and comfortable heeled platform make them an instant fave.
3. DSW, Crown Vintage Sage Penny Loafer, $59.99
PSA: lug soles and patent shines aren’t going anywhere! Double up on this classic style and snag this silhouette in both black and grey (pictured above).
4. adidas, Nizza Sneaker, $80
We can’t think of a single adidas style that we’d skip for back-to-school season, but these earthy Nizzas are easily a top-tier choice.
You can’t go wrong with anything in Van’s expansive catalog, but anything that blends the iconic checkerboard pattern with cheeky florals is an instant fave. And peep the platform silhouette!
6. ALDO, Abawienflex Oxford Shoe, $140
Everyone needs a solid pair of Oxford shoes in their wardrobe. These polished Oxfords are perfect for those days where you need to look especially put-together.
7. Journeys, Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed Clog, $154.99
It’s almost that time of year where everyone swaps out their Birkenstocks sandals for Bostons! Get ahead of the curve by ordering these extra-comfortable clogs now.
8. adidas, RETROPY E5 Sneaker, $130
Regardless of your personal style, everyone’s back-to-school shoe staples should involve a pair of cushy athletic shoes. Our faves? These vintage-inspired kicks! They also come in plenty of colors, so you’re sure to find the pair that speaks to you.
9. DSW, Aerosoles Camera Platform Sandal, $134.99
Okay, so we’re not retiring our sandals *just yet* — These chic platform sandals are still totally on-trend for those midi-dress/leather jacket moments.
10. DSW, Timberland Redwood Falls Boot, $144.99
When the temperatures finally dip and you can bust out your flannel without overheating, reach for these classic Timberland boots!
Now that we’ve covered our back-to-school shoe staples, let’s talk about our favorite styles for the office! Shop the neutral-colored footwear we’ll be wearing to the office.
Allison is a writer, Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, and sixth-generation Texan living in Denton, Texas.