Depending on the child in question, the school she attends, and the events she takes place in, your grade school girls may need several pairs of shoes to get through the school year. Below are some popular styles, and suggestions on how to wear them, that will help you sort out the right back-to-school shoes for your daughter.
Ballet Flats and Skimmers for School
Ballet flats are a great option for small girls. Since even adults are into them, they have a definite cool factor, but as flats, they are still appropriate for kids. Skimmers look cute with skirts, dresses or pants as long as they're not too long or wide. Paired with tights, they look great and there are plenty of options your little girl will love.
Mary Janes - A School Girl Classic
Mary Janes are a great choice for a versatile, all purpose shoe. Great with jeans and cords, for grade school kids, mary jane shoes are equally at home with dresses and skirts. Though the styles change slightly from year to year, mary janes almost never go out of style - and the offerings range from sporty to pretty to funky. Let your child's age, shoe experience and preferences guide you in your choice for heel height, which varies from non-existent to a low, chunky heel.
Girls' Sneakers / Athletic Shoes
Different schools and grades will have different requirements here. In some cases there will need to be a pair of athletic shoes used exclusively for gym - and a certain brand or style may even be suggested. Beyond gym, sneakers or athletic shoes are nearly essential for grade school kids - and some kids won't want to wear anything else. Fortunately, there are enough styles available that finding a sneaker that pleases your little girl should be the easiest task on the list.
Boots for Rainy School Days
For those rainy, sloppy, muddy days, you'll definitely want a pair of galoshes or rain boots to send your child off to school in. The main goal here is to keeping feet dry, so look for a waterproof boot in a style that extends over the ankle. You'll also want soles that provide plenty of traction, to keep your child from slipping on wet surfaces.
Special Occasion / Dress Shoes
Whether it's a holiday concert, a school play, or just picture day - there will be plenty of events that will call for a dressier shoe than what she wears every day. Certain events and outfits will require a special, timely shopping trip. But if you want a pair of dress shoes always on hand, here are a few great styles to consider.
Other School Shoe Considerations
Shoe styles for girls are nearly as varied as kids themselves. Other popular shoe options for this the school season include casual boots, slip-ons and shoes that are a bit more rugged, but still not sneakers. You can get a feel for different styles by browsing these links.
School Shoes for the Rest of the Family