50 Back-to-School Shoes under $50

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DON'T LET SHOE SHOPPING TRIP YOU UP

Back-to-school shopping can be a challenge, especially with kids in tow. Save yourself repeated trips to the store and invest in quality footwear from the get-go. You might be tempted to grab the cheapest pair of sneakers on sale, but keep in mind that shoddy construction will have you right back in the store finding a replacement. Shop our list of back-to-school shoes for boys and girls under $50, and check that box off your to-do list.

Jump to: Sandals | Casual Shoes | Athletic Shoes | Uniform Shoes

Related: 50 Back-to-School Outfits for $20 or Less

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SANDALS

Although the beginning of the school year unofficially marks the end of summer, it's always good for the kids to have a quality pair of sandals. Those fleeting warm-weather days might be few and far between, but hot temps can last well into November, especially in southern states. Skip the flimsy flip-flops and opt for our selection of sturdy sandals that are fashionable, practical, and affordable.
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CHAMPION BOYS' TODDLER SPORT SANDALS

Est. Price: $10 | Buy them from Payless ShoeSource
Features We Love: Dual hook-and-loop straps are easy for kids to use, plus this pair has a cushioned footbed.

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SO BREEZE GIRLS' SLINGBACK SANDALS

Est. Price: $16 | Buy them from Kohl's
Features We Love: A cute and fashionable pick with adjustable slingback, braided straps, and many colors to select.

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CAT & JACK TODDLER GIRLS' SANDALS

Est. Price: $17 | Buy them from Target
Features We Love: A contoured footbed keeps your child's feet comfortable and fitting snug. Two adjustable hook-and-loop straps aid in a more custom fit.

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CAT & JACK GIRLS' ESPADRILLE SANDALS

Est. Price: $18 | Buy them from Target
Features We Love: A bohemian chic choice with metal bead accents, adjustable buckle strap, and a comfortable rubber sole.

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AIRWALK GIRLS' BUMPTOE SANDALS

Est. Price: $20 | Buy them from Payless ShoeSource
Features We Love: Stretchy laces and a spandex lining create a flexible shoe that can withstand many types of terrains. Parents will also love that the close-toe provides extra safety.

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ADIDAS KIDS' SLIDE SANDALS

Est. Price: $22 | Buy them from Famous Footwear
Features We Love: A super easy slip-on sandal with a cushioned footbed. It's a great option to change into before or after sports practice.

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SONOMA GOODS FOR LIFE BOYS' SANDALS

Est. Price: $25 | Buy them from Kohl's
Features We Love: A sturdy pair of sandals with breathable openings and a close-toe for extra protection. A hook-and-loop closure in the front and back help with a more custom fit.

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CROCS CLASSIC KIDS' CLOGS

Est. Price: $28 | Buy them from Macy's
Features We Love: Available in sizes for baby, toddlers, little boys, and girls. Parents love that the shoes are comfortable and easy to clean.

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SALT WATER SANDALS BY HOY

Est. Price: $37 | Buy them from Nordstrom
Features We Love: This hand-stitched sandal has 12 colors to choose from and is waterproof. Parents say they are great for boys or girls, and can stand up to the elements.

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STRIDE RITE BOYS' HUDSEN SANDALS

Est. Price: $40 | Buy them from Macy's
Features We Love: Earthy and rugged, these tough sandals are also comfortable thanks to the soft leather material.

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CASUAL SHOES

Paint splatters, playground gravel, cafeteria mac & cheese -- your kid's everyday footwear will see it all. The best casual back-to-school shoes blend outdoor durability with indoor sensibility. Shop our list of casual shoes for boys and girls that will last the school year without costing more than $50.
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BALLET FLATS WITH STRAP

Est. Price: $10 | Buy them from H&M
Features We Love: The perfect flat for casual or dressy wear. They feature five colors to choose from and a satin lining.

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CHAMBRAY SLIP-ONS FOR BOYS

Est. Price: $18 | Buy them from Old Navy
Features We Love: No laces, no hassle. These easy slip-on shoes can compliment many outfits. Also available in beige.

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MADISON AVENUE BOYS' CASUAL BOAT SHOES

Est. Price: $18 | Buy them from Shoe Carnival
Features We Love: A classic boat shoe option, featuring 360 boat-shoe lacing and a moc-stitched toe.

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CONVERSE ALL STAR HI GIRLS' SHOES

Est. Price: $22 | Buy them from Kids Foot Locker
Features We Love: The iconic high-top shoe is a fan favorite for all ages, plus it's available in eight colors.

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GRAPHIC CANVAS SLIP-ONS FOR GIRLS

Est. Price: $23 | Buy them from Old Navy
Features We Love: A fun pop of color in pink or navy with trendy graphic designs.

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SPERRY BAHAMA BOAT SHOES

Est. Price: $23 | Buy them from Nordstrom Rack
Features We Love: This preppy-inspired boat shoe is a timeless classic. A memory foam footbed offers comfort and cushioning.

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TOMMY HILFIGER BOYS' CASUAL CANVAS SNEAKERS

Est. Price: $25 | Buy them from Shoe Carnival
Features We Love: Available in blue, black, or red, these everyday casual sneakers offer a playful, yet put-together style.

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ROXY KIDS' BAYSHORE SLIP-ON SNEAKERS

Est. Price: $30 | Buy them from Famous Footwear
Features We Love: A super comfortable memory foam lining makes this easy slip-on shoe a top pick.

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GIRLS' EDDIE BAUER SPORT MARY JANE SHOES

Est. Price: $30 | Buy them from Target
Features We Love: This sporty take on the classic Mary Jane features a textured insole and bottom to improve traction.

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CARTER'S MARY JANE SHOES

Est. Price: $34 | Buy them from Macy's
Features We Love: Don't let the cute bow strap and glitter denim fool you -- parents say this shoe is quite durable too.

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CONVERSE ALL STAR OX SHOES

Est. Price: $35 | Buy them from Kids Foot Locker
Features We Love: A classic old-school shoe that pairs with any outfit. It's available in 16 colors and sizes for toddler, preschool, and grade-school boys and girls.

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UNR8ED GIRLS' ZIP-UP ANKLE BOOTIES

Est. Price: $36 | Buy them from Shoe Carnival
Features We Love: A fall wardrobe staple, these booties feature a stylish sweater collar detail, cute strap and buckle, and a side zipper for easy slip-on wear.

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PUMA SUEDE CLASSIC GIRLS' SHOES

Est. Price: $40 | Buy them from Kids Foot Locker
Features We Love: Reviewers love that these suede shoes are breathable and stylish. They come in 12 colors too.

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SKECHERS GIRLS' SWIFT KICKS SLIP-ON SHOES

Est. Price: $40 | Buy them from Shoe Carnival
Features We Love: A perfect back-to-school casual shoe with an ortholite cushioned insole, elastic lacing, and hook-and-loop fastener.

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SPERRY KIDS' LEATHER BOAT SHOES

Est. Price: $45 | Buy them from Famous Footwear
Features We Love: A casual boat shoe made from stain and water-resistant leather. It also has a grippy rubber outsole.

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ATHLETIC SHOES

Whether it's for gym class or sports practice, every child needs a quality pair of back-to-school athletic shoes. Look for styles that offer superior support as well as comfortable cushioning. Your favorite name brands like Adidas, Nike, and Reebok all have options for less than $50.
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DANSKIN NOW GIRLS' ATHLETIC LIGHTWEIGHT RUNNING SHOES

Est. Price: $10 | Buy them from Walmart
Features We Love: With a soft padded tongue and padded footbed, parents say that these are a great choice for gym class.

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EVERLAST GIRLS' SLING ATHLETIC SHOES

Est. Price: $15 | Buy them from Sears
Features We Love: A comfortable sneaker with breathable synthetic fabric and mesh, as well as a memory foam footbed.

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U.S. POLO ASSN. BOYS' MID-RISE ATHLETIC SHOES

Est. Price: $20 | Buy them from Shoe Carnival
Features We Love: The padded collar, cushioned insole, and adjustable hook-and-loop instep strap make these comfortable and supportive.

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KANGAROOS GIRLS' POCKETPASS JOGGERS

Est. Price: $28 | Buy them from Payless ShoeSource
Features We Love: Available in blue or pink, and also in toddler size. This shoe has a unique side pocket with zipper and a soft fabric lining that make it a great option for track and field.

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SHAQ BOYS' HIGH-TOP BASKETBALL SHOES

Est. Price: $30 | Buy them from Shoe Carnival
Features We Love: Offering maximum ankle protection and support, parents say that these hold up to the duration of the season.

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SKECHERS GIRLS' LIGHT-UP SNEAKERS

Est. Price: $30 | Buy them from Sears
Features We Love: Vibrant rainbow colors, glitter accents, and a light-up sole -- your girl won't be missed in these shoes. The cloth material helps to make them lightweight, while the cushioned insole is shock absorbent.

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FILA LIGHTWEIGHT GIRLS' ATHLETIC RUNNING SNEAKERS

Est. Price: $30 | Buy them from Shoe Carnival
Features We Love: This fun sneaker features bright rainbow laces, breathable mesh uppers, and a shock absorbing midsole.

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KIDS' NIKE SKATE SHOES

Est. Price: $35 | Buy them from Famous Footwear
Features We Love: These skate shoes have reliable ankle support and are a popular pick for boys or girls.

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PUMA KIDS' RUNNING SHOES

Est. Price: $35 | Buy them from Famous Footwear
Features We Love: This sleek running shoe features cell cushioning on the outside and cushioned bubble technology.

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ADIDAS KIDS' LITE RACER RUNNING SHOES

Est. Price: $40 | Buy them from Famous Footwear
Features We Love: Lightweight and comfortable, these multicolored sneakers are incredibly soft, according to reviewers.

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NEW BALANCE 574 SNEAKERS

Est. Price: $40 | Buy them from Kids Foot Locker
Features We Love: This street-savvy shoe is available in more than 40 colors, and features advanced cushioning technology and a padded collar and tongue.

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ASICS KIDS' GEL RUNNING SHOES

Est. Price: $40 | Buy them from Famous Footwear
Features We Love: A high-performing sneaker with a removable cushion footbed, rearfoot gel cushioning, and a shock absorbing midsole.

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ADIDAS GIRLS' HYPERFAST LIGHTWEIGHT ATHLETIC SNEAKERS

Est. Price: $40 | Buy them from Shoe Carnival
Features We Love: According to parents, these shoes are lightweight and not bulky. They also have a toe bumper for extra foot protection and a non-marking traction outsole.

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REEBOK MID GIRLS' SHOES

Est. Price: $45 | Buy them from Kids Foot Locker
Features We Love: A fashionable and supportive shoe for basketball or even everyday wear.

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BOYS' NIKE ROSHE ONE SHOES

Est. Price: $49 | Buy them from Finish Line
Features We Love: Available in seven colors, this old-school Nike running silhouette also has a lightweight foam sole with waffle treads.

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NIKE BOYS' BASKETBALL SHOES

Est. Price: $50 | Buy them from JC Penney
Features We Love: A smooth, updated design on a classic Nike, these shoes offer ankle support and flexible footing.

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NIKE AIR MAX TAVAS

Est. Price: $50 | Buy them from Kids Foot Locker
Features We Love: Comfortable enough for all-day wear as well as sporty activities, this shoe has breathable upper fabric and a durable foam bottom.

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UNIFORM SHOES

Back-to-school shoe shopping might not be as exciting for kids that wear uniforms, but that doesn't mean you should sacrifice the quality of their footwear. Without the flashy bells and whistles of trendy kicks, the quality of uniform shoes is even more important. Lucky for you, the top brands and styles can be found for less than $50.
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UNR8ED GIRLS' UNIFORM DRESS FLATS

Est. Price: $15 | Buy them from Shoe Carnival
Features We Love: The brogue detailing on the toe adds a bit of extra style without compromising uniform standards. They also have a padded collar and cushioned footbed.

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SELF-ESTEEM GIRLS' MARY JANE SHOES

Est. Price: $17 | Buy them from Shoe Carnival
Features We Love: The rubber traction sole is useful for outside play as well as everyday wear. Parents love that they're versatile and can be dressed up or down.

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FRENCH TOAST MARY JANE FLATS

Est. Price: $20 | Buy them from DSW
Features We Love: The perfect black flat for a uniform or dressy outfit. Users say they are great for active girls too.

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NEW BALANCE KX624 SNEAKERS

Est. Price: $20 | Buy them on Amazon
Features We Love: This uniform sneaker boasts nearly 500 five-star reviews. Parents say they are durable, great for PE class, and can be worn during summer and winter. Available for ages 4-12, and in black, white, or white and navy.

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FRENCH TOAST OXFORDS

Est. Price: $20 | Buy them from DSW
Features We Love: A classic oxford shoe with a hook-and-loop strap for easy tightening and a padded removable insole.

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PERRY ELLIS KIDS' CHUKKA BOOTS

Est. Price: $30 | Buy them from Famous Footwear
Features We Love: A faux leather mid-boot with rounded toe that is great for uniforms or as a dress shoe.

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KEDS GIRLS' SADDLE SHOES

Est. Price: $33 | Buy them from Academy
Features We Love: An athletic version of the classic with navy detailing, soft rubber outsoles, and padded collars for extra comfort.

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PUMA SUEDE CLASSIC BOYS' SHOES

Est. Price: $35 | Buy them from Kids Foot Locker
Features We Love: With 40 colors to choose from, you can grab a couple for outside of school too. We recommend the all-black to keep in line with uniform standards.

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REEBOK KIDS' CLASSIC LEATHER SNEAKERS

Est. Price: $45 | Buy them from Zappos
Features We Love: Available in black or white, these feature a soft garment leather construction with a molded sockliner and cushioned midsole.

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STRIDE RITE MARY JANE SHOES

Est. Price: $46 | Buy them from Macy's
Features We Love: This long-lasting uniform shoe has a supportive memory foam lining and is easy to wipe clean.

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SCHOOL ISSUE SADDLE OXFORDS

Est. Price: $50 | Buy them from Zappos
Features We Love: Although pricier than a $20 pair at Payless ShoeSource, users say these saddle oxfords are much more durable so you'll save in the long run.

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SCHOOL ISSUE SUEDE SHOES

Est. Price: $50 | Buy them from Zappos
Features We Love: This is a great lace-up dress shoe that is one of the best for wide feet, according to reviews.