With the start of school just around the corner, there’s still time to find the perfect pair of sneakers for that special kid in your life without breaking the bank.
Whether they’re running, jumping, or exploring the world around them, the right pair of shoes can make all the difference in their comfort and confidence… and, of course, a miniature sneaker icon will have them turning heads for all the right reasons.
As always, Nice Kicks and Nice Drops have you covered. This week we’ve handpicked a selection of the 10 best kids shoes you can cop now for under $100. From playful colorways to must-have classics, it’s never too early to start a sneaker collection for the little one. Check ‘em out below.
Style #: DH9765-104
Colorway: Summit White/Black/White/Industrial Blue
To ensure the little one is looking fresh on the first day of school, opt for this tri-colored Nike Dunk Low. The sleek colorway boasts a white leather base accented with black and blue hits, the former hue arriving on the leather overlays, tongues, liner, and outsole, and the latter elevating the profile Swooshes and rear. It wouldn’t be a classic Dunk without the embroidered “NIKE” branding on the heels and signature white midsole. Buy Now.
Style #: DA4086-100
Colorway: White/Total Orange/Black
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You can never go wrong with a Nike icon in your rotation. This Nike Blazer Mid ’77 in white is a timeless sneaker designed especially for young wearers. Sporting a mid-top design as a nod to its basketball heritage, the Nike Blazer Mid ’77 is a versatile choice for days running around the park, hanging out with friends, or sprinting to class before the bell rings. Buy Now.
Style #: DV8996-003
Colorway: Black /White / University Red
All hustle and heart with the playground-friendly Team Hustle D 11 from Nike. The shoe is designed with elastic laces, a big strap, and plush cushioning to ensure your little one can run all day long in comfort. Buy Now.
Style #: FU7712
Colorway: Cloud White / Core Black / Cloud White
With a hectic schedule that comes with kids, there’s barely enough time to pull together a matching outfit. That’s why the Adidas Superstar in a classic white and black colorway will be a lifesaver. The instantly recognizable and highly sought-after silhouette boasts a shell-toe and pairs well with a variety of outfits thanks to its timeless design. Buy Now.
Style #: HP2880
Colorway: Pantone / Cloud White / Cloud White
For a colorful footwear option, this Adidas Gazelle offers a unique twist on a classic silhouette with its distinct “Pantone Blue” colorway. Made from a combination of rich suede, retro design, and a comfortable construction, this Gazelle will no doubt be able to keep up with your little one’s busy schedule, whether it be kicking soccer balls at recess or biking around town with friends. Buy Now.
Style #: GC2002VF
Colorway: Moonbeam with frappe
For a more laid-back look, this mini-sized New Balance 2002 in “moonbeam with frappe” boasts a subtle colorway and durable construction that will make it through the school year. Already a big hit with the adults, this fashion-forward option prioritizes both aesthetics and functionality for active kids on the go. Buy Now.
Style #: GC574DZB
Colorway: Black with white
The New Balance 574 is known for its multiple collaborations with many of the biggest names in the industry. For the style-conscious kids out there, this New Balance 574 in a clean black and white outfit is a fashionable and reliable option for everyday activities and adventures. The pair is additionally equipped with a rubber traction outsole for stability, so you don’t have to worry about your kid always being on the move. Buy Now.
Style #: 772109
Colorway: Cloud White / Black / Cloud White
It’s no wonder the Adidas Samba Classic is a popular choice for both kids and adults due to its iconic and classic design. For active kids, the Samba Classic sports a leather upper and reinforced toe bumper, contributing to the sneaker’s durability and making it suitable for rough and outdoor play. This colorway option is anchored in “cloud white”, allowing it to pair easily with any daily outfit. Buy Now.
Style #: 034563
Colorway: Core Black / Cloud White / Core Black
Because it’s such an iconic silhouette, we had to include it twice on the list, this time in a sleek “core black” outfit. The Adidas Samba Classic is loved for its sporty and casual elements, making it suitable for various occasions, from playdates and school trips to sports activities and outdoor play, meaning more bang for your buck. Lastly, the pair’s gum rubber outsole offers excellent grip and traction on different surfaces, which is particularly important for kids who love to run, play, and explore outdoors. Buy Now.
Style #: 206991
You can never go wrong with a parent and kid favorite. The Crocs Kids’ Classic Clog comes in a versatile all-black colorway as well as other offerings to let your little ones shine with their unique style. The clog’s cleanable, lightweight, and flexible design ie perfect for any activity at any time of day. Buy Now.
Lead image courtesy of New Balance.