Time for Gym Class!

Back to school shopping can be some of the most stressful shopping you do. We're going to make the shoe portion of your back to school shopping easy. No required numbers of pairs, no required colors, no required styles. The most popular styles of shoes for back to school include athletic shoes for boys and girls and casual shoes for boys and girls. We've picked a couple of our favorites for both boys and girls to help ease the shopping experience.

Let's start with athletic shoes. Sometimes you'll find yourself needing to purchase a couple of pairs of athletic style shoes for each kid, as some schools require special gym shoes, plus they'll need new athletic styles for every-day wear. Below are a couple options for both boys and girls in athletic styles from our new arrivals. What do you think?

Boys Skechers Nitrate Running Shoes

These shoes provide him with a fun look for back to school. The brand name insures comfort, as these shoes have a memory foam insole. He'll definitely be excited to lace up for gym class or pop them on to catch the bus in the morning with the electric colors.

Boys Adidas Vigor Tr 4 Running Shoes

This pair of sneakers is great for your active son. Again, this shoe is perfect for use as an everyday shoe or especially for gym. With two color choice, this red one, or a blue option, you'll find the shoe that is just right for him. The fun tread pattern that somewhat resembles a creepy crawly, is sure to excite him.

Boys Fila Approach Running Shoes

If your son likes things a little bit more classic and simple, this shoe might be a great option. The classic black and white is accented by pops of cherry red in the laces and the outsole. This shoe is a running style of athletic shoe, but is very versatile in its use.

Girls Fila Tempo Running Shoes

To start out the run of girls shoes, you might want to consider the new Fila Tempo Running Shoes. This shoe features accents in a fun, girly blue, while keeping up with the classic style of a running shoe. She will be excited to wear this for gym class or to walk the halls of the school.

Girls Adidas Vigor TR 6 Running Shoes

To add some functional style that she will love to her wardrobe, you might want to give these shoes a try. The different color blocked sections of pinks, coral, purple and black is sure to put her in the mood to run off some energy in gym class or catch the bus with her best friends in the morning. With a brand like Adidas, you know you're getting a quality product, and with this color combination, you know she's going to love it.

Girls Asics Pre Contend 3 Running Shoes

Waking up early for school will definitely be something that she looks forward to with the bright purple, pink and green of this shoe. She won't have to worry about stopping to tie her shoes throughout the day when the lacing system consists of elastic laces to give the great fit she needs, and a hook and loop closure strap to keep her foot securely in place. (Pssst. This shoe comes in a boys style too.)

Now that we've got athletic shoes taken care of, be sure to check back next week for our picks on casual shoes for kids so they can walk the halls in ultimate style.

Shopping for someone a little older than little kid sizes? Don't worry. Our men's and women's athletics selection has some great back to school picks for your not-so-little-anymore kid as well!

If you're lucky enough to live close to one of our store locations, when you buy one pair, you will ALWAYS get your second pair for half off when you show your receipt in store only to get stocked up on your multi-pair athletic shoe needs. **(Please note that some exclusions apply, and second pair must be equal or lesser value. Buy one get one half off is not available for online purchases.)**

Did you browse our website and see something you liked more than our picks? Which one?