Top 10 Back-to-School Shoes

Top 10 Back-to-School Shoes

It’s time to go from jumping in the pool to diving into the books, from swimsuits to school gear, and bike rides to backpacks. Starting a new grade provides the opportunity to express who you are and sport the brands you love through your clothing and more importantly your shoes! We’ve put together a list of the top 10 back-to-school shoes for this fall so you can look good and feel good all while rocking the latest trends.

Get ready to walk the walk this school year.

Women's adidas Originals Stan Smith -- White and Green

adidas Originals Stan Smith

True fashion never goes out of style, which is why the Stan Smith sneakers, though originally a favorite of tennis pros in the ’70s, are now a closet staple for everyone. A leather upper and rubber outsole provide durable comfort to last the whole school year.

Men's Nike Cortez -- White, Varsity Royal, and Varsity Red

Nike Cortez

Bill Bowerman’s first masterpiece – the Cortez – is a retro style perfect for your back-to-school look. The upper and outsole were built for traction and durability, while the midsole keeps your feet supported with a lightweight feel.

Men's Jordan Retro AJ1 Mid -- All White

Jordan Retro AJ1 Mid

The first AJ1 dropped in the ’80s with full-grain leather and the “Air Jordan Wings” stamped on the side. Since then, it’s kept the timeless look we love, but updated the rubber outsole with flex grooves to give you the durability and flexibility you need.

Men's Nike Air Force 1 Low -- All White

Nike Air Force 1 Low

The Air Force 1 has been a staple since it debuted as a basketball sneaker in 1982. Over the years, the shoe has stayed on-trend through various colorways and cuts, but one thing that’s remained the same is the iconic court style that’s built for a premium fit and feel.

Men's Nike Air Max 90 -- University Red and White

Nike Air Max 90

The running shoe created by Tinker Hatfield has evolved into one of the most iconic streetwear classics. Updated for modern style, the Air Max 90 is the perfect back-to-school sneaker. A padded ankle collar provides optimal comfort and support while a Max Air unit in the heel absorbs impact and makes you stand out among your classmates.

Men's Nike Air Max 97 -- White, Dynamic Yellow and Evergreen

Nike Air Max 97

The Air Max 97, inspired by earlier models, took the Air Max line to a whole new level. As Nike’s first shoe with a full-length Max Air unit, the 97 keeps your feet cushioned while the layered colors keep your shoe game strong.

Men's Vans Old Skool -- Black and White

Vans Old Skool

Step into the school year with style in this true throwback. Originally designed for skateboarding, the Old Skool quickly turned into a mainstream shoe. Its classic canvas-and-suede upper and the trademark side stripe complete your back-to-school look while giving your feet all-day comfort.

Men's Nike Air Max Plus -- White and Cool Grey

Nike Air Max Plus

If you’re looking for a shoe that’s all about the details, look no further. The Air Max Plus started as an experimental design in 1998 and has since changed the shoe game forever. This sneaker is wrapped with ribs for an edgy look and injected with Air technology for supportive cushioning.

Men's Nike Air Max 270 -- White, University Red and Vast Grey

Nike Air Max 270

The design of the Air Max 270 pays tribute to the original ’91 Air Max 180 with the exaggerated tongue and logo, but still brings a modern vibe with an updated look and elevated comfort. As the first Air Max shoe designed to be worn casually instead of for performance, the Air Max 270 is the perfect choice for an everyday sneaker.

Men's adidas Originals NMD R1 -- Black, Silver, White and Yellow

adidas Originals NMD R1

A breathable, flexible, and stylish shoe perfect for everyday wear, the NMD R1 was born from an inspired past and built for the future. This shoe has a tried-and-true silhouette and is the first lifestyle sneaker from adidas featuring the bouncy Boost midsole. Confidently stride into school with this popular Three-Stripe sneaker.

The Lasting Legacy of the Nike Cortez

The Lasting Legacy of the Nike Cortez

words // Katie Nelson

If there’s one shoe that made Nike a household name, it’s the Cortez. Designed by Nike co-founder and legendary track coach Bill Bowerman, the Cortez got its start as a running shoe. Bowerman’s goal was to design a more durable, comfortable running shoe that could withstand the rigors of distance running on pavement. Using his wife’s waffle iron, he set out to make a unique shoe bottom. After numerous failed attempts, he achieved his goal. The result was a shoe he dubbed the “Cortez,” after the notorious conquistador Hernan Cortes, conquerer of the Aztecs in the 16th century. The Cortez was the first shoe to feature the word “Nike” and the now legendary Swoosh logo – quickly setting a standard for its successors. Making its debut in 1972 and gracing the feet of that year’s US Olympic athletes, the Cortez became wildly popular among the public and put Nike on the map.

Forty years later, the Cortez is retired from its running career but still remains one of Nike’s most popular casual shoes. Attesting to its quality, the Cortez still provides unsurpassed comfort, support, and durability. It sits on a rubber herringbone outsole and features a thick foam midsole, used to provide maximum cushioning in the lightest design possible. Originally only available in leather, the Cortez is now available in suede and nylon for a range of style possibilities.

Available: Nike Cortez

The Lasting Legacy of the Nike Cortez

Nike Cortez – Squadron Blue

Nike Cortez – Squadron Blue

words // Luis Sanchez

Eastbay takes us back to the early days of Nike Running with a release of the timeless Nike Cortez.

One of the most famed and storied Nike Running shoes, the Cortez returns in usual form with a full nylon build over a traditional foam sole. Just as classic as their timeless build, the forever fan favorite Cortez arrives for the spring in a clean combination of squadron blue and white.

Get your hands on the Nike Cortez from Eastbay today.

Available: Nike Cortez – Squadron Blue

Nike Cortez - Squadron Blue